Fast Track in Finance

The Fast Track in Finance (FTF) program prepares you to succeed in careers requiring analytical thinking and financial acumen.

It's most beneficial to students considering careers in business development, consulting and strategy, corporate finance, impact investing, investment banking, investment management, private equity, venture capital, and tech.

Depending on your background and performance on assessments designed by Ross, you will progress through relevant courses quickly. The expedited schedule prepares you to succeed in landing internships that require high-level finance and analytical skills.  And by waiving some core courses, you'll have additional opportunities to customize your curriculum.


This program offers the best of both worlds: you begin finance courses as soon as you start at Ross, while still taking full advantage of the signature aspects of our general management core curriculum.

To participate in the Fast Track in Finance program, you need to complete the FTF summer online program.  You'll also need to successfully waive the core financial accounting course (ACC 502).

There are two tracks available in the Fast Track in Finance program.


The first track:

Students on this track take one required course, Advanced Financial Analysis (FIN 513) in Fall A, and then have the option to take the case-based course, Valuation (FIN 615) in Fall B of the first year.

To qualify for the first track, you need to demonstrate a good understanding of introductory financial concepts and applications through assessments on the beginner’s portion of the FTF summer online program. This track is especially well-suited to students who want to get exposure to more advanced analytical skills sooner in the program, without having any background in finance.


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The second track:

Students on this track have the opportunity to enroll in the case-based course Valuation (FIN 615) in Fall A or Fall B. Qualifying for the second track does not require students to enroll for FIN 513.

Therefore, it requires a demonstration of greater mastery of finance by excelling in the comprehensive assessments in the FTF summer online program, covering materials for both beginning and advanced learners. This track is better suited for students with prior financial knowledge.

You may then take optional courses such as Corporate Financial Policy (FIN 621) in Fall B and Financial Modeling (FIN 575) in Winter A, along with other finance elective courses that are available to all students.


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Learn by Doing

Ross offers a wide variety of hands-on opportunities for you to hone your financial and analytical skills through Ross Experiences in Action-Based Learning, or REAL. Participating in FTF prepares you to succeed and lead in the most rigorous action-based learning activities offered at the school.

Career Development

The Career Development Office provides many resources to ensure your success with interview preparation, pursuing internships, and post-graduation employment. The FTF program collaborates with the Career Development Office, MBA Program Office, student clubs, and the Alumni Relations Office to sponsor educational and career-related events outside the classroom. Current students in the FTF program secured internship opportunities in a variety of industries and firms including Amazon, Bain, BCG, Citi, EY, General Motors, McKinsey & Company, PepsiCo, and more.


Fast Track in Finance FAQs

What is Fast Track in Finance?

Fast Track in Finance is a Ross initiative designed for MBA students interested in a broad set of careers requiring analytical skills and financial acumen. The primary focus is on fundamental skills required in fields such as business development, consulting and strategy, corporate finance, investment banking, investment management, private equity, and tech. The goal is to prepare you for summer internship positions at the end of your first year through an accelerated sequence of courses.

Is Fast Track in Finance right for me if I don't have a background in finance?

The renowned financial economist Fischer Black had no formal training in either economics or finance. As long as you have the interest and determination to improve your analytical and financial skills, you are encouraged to sign up for the preparatory work over the summer to assess your readiness to take the accelerated finance core course during the Fall A term. You also have to waive the core financial accounting course. Even if you end up taking the non-accelerated curriculum, the preparatory work sets a good foundation for your other coursework.

Is Fast Track in Finance right for me even though I don't plan to pursue a finance career?

Your participation in FTF doesn't limit your career choices to finance. While your experience in the fast track program may help you lean in favor of a field related to finance, this program is designed for students interested in a broad set of careers that require analytical and financial skills. Also, keep in mind that many graduates pursue a field that is different from the anticipated career path before they start the MBA program. Finally, two tracks within the FTF program will create an opportunity for you to either directly take FIN 615 in Fall A or take FIN 513 in Fall A followed by FIN 615 in Fall B.

Why do I have to waive out of the core accounting course?

Accounting is the language of business, and basic knowledge of accounting is very helpful in exposing you to applications of finance. As a practical matter, waiving out of the core financial accounting course (ACC 502) creates space during the Fall A term of the first-year curriculum for Fast Track students to take the accelerated finance core course (FIN 513, track 1) or enroll in FIN 615 (track 2).

There are three ways to waive ACC 502: demonstrate previous experience, pass the FTF summer accounting online waiver course, or pass the in-person accounting waiver course and exam held the week prior to orientation.


Why do I have to do preparatory work over the summer?

The preparatory work over the summer serves as a boot camp to help you either demonstrate that you are ready to waive the core finance course and take advanced finance electives (track 2) or bridge the gap between your existing financial knowledge and the minimum required to ensure effective learning in the accelerated finance core course (FIN 513) (Track 1) during the Fall A term.

What courses are offered in Fast Track in Finance?

Four courses are currently in place for students in the Fast Track: Financial Analysis, FIN 513, in Fall A; Valuation, FIN 615, in Fall A and Fall B; Corporate Financial Policy, FIN 621, in Fall B and Winter A; and Financial Modeling, FIN 575 in Winter A.

If I don't enroll in FTF, can I still pursue a career requiring advanced finance or analytical skills?

Yes. Ross students secured successful careers in finance and related fields requiring analytical thinking prior to the Fast Track in Finance program, and there are still many paths toward this goal. Securing an internship is critical, however, as an increasing number of companies are limiting their full-time hires to candidates who have landed internships. If you're looking for a career in finance or a related field, it's important to prepare as soon as you begin at Ross. While the Fast Track in Finance is a great path to an internship, roughly half of Ross students who obtained internships in the summer of 2019 did so independently of FTF.   

Is there a registration process and fee for the FTF summer online program & accounting waiver?

Yes. There is a $475 fee for the Fast Track in Finance summer online program. In addition, those who are not eligible to waive the financial accounting course via previous experience are highly encouraged to take the FTF summer accounting online waiver course. Alternatively, students may sign up for an in-person Accounting Prep waiver course and exam. Both the online and in-person accounting waiver courses require a fee of $475.

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