Anyone know if the CFA Certification is worth it to pad your resume for an MBA? I find the content interesting but am wondering if it helps in any way? For reference, my GRE and GPA are already quite strong.

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Nope. At least to me. B school application is all about your story and experience, and to me you could spend the time on entrepreneurship, side hustle, online education, corporate internal initiatives, community works to make your story way more appealing than just another CFA in progress. But that’s just me and I didn’t even go to M7 so make your own judgement.

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I didn’t go to M7 either, but I have the suspicion it helped. It’s something you can write about in essays (time management, drive to learn, etc.), and sure it doesn’t replace the need for other interesting experiences but it can have a part in your story. Also, level 1 can be very helpful for personal finance, I’d do it just for myself (level 2+ less so).

The CFA exams can be completed in no less than 18 months. if you are completing these exams back to back to back, you shouldn’t have an issue getting a ridiculous GMAT score and then it’s really irrelevant what your story is. Otherwise, unless you want to use the CFA in the job you get after your MBA the more than likely path of about 24 months for completion ain’t worth probs.

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