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Darla Moore School of Business

Finance Scholars Program

The Moore School is committed to building a solid pathway to high trajectory finance jobs for its best undergraduate finance students. Through advanced and specialized course work, data source instruction, live case studies with industry partners, career management training, internships, and alumni networking, the Finance Scholars program prepares its undergraduate participants for top finance careers.

Key Features

  • Three-day Boot Camp covering Excel, Bloomberg, CapIQ, and problem solving in January prior to the start of regular classes.
  • Separate, advanced sections of required course for finance major: Corporate Finance (FINA 365), Investments (FINA 469), and Financial Statement Analysis (FINA 470), which emphasize case analysis.
  • Series of 1-credit hour finance practicum courses; previous practicum courses covered Valuation, Investment analysis using R, Risk Analysis and Monte Carlo Simulation, and a discussion course on current issues in finance.
  • Preferred access to the Student Managed Investment Fund course (FINA472)

Who Should Apply?

The Carolina Finance Scholars Program admits 25-30 sophomores each year for the Finance Scholars program. The program is rigorous and challenging. Undergraduate students with the interest, ambition and drive to pursue top finance positions are strongly encouraged to apply. The application process is highly competitive. The application process occurs in the second half of the fall semester and involves a resume, a statement of interest, and interviews with faculty, current Finance Scholars, and alumni.

Spring 2024

Prior to beginning of semester Bootcamp
Entire semester FINA 365
First 7 weeks P1: Overview of Capital Markets
Second 7 weeks P2: Valuation
Summer Ideally an internship and very active networking

Fall 2024

Entire semester FINA 469 and FINA 470
First 7 weeks P3: Risk Analysis and Monte Carlo Simulation
Second 7 weeks P4: Investment Analysis using R

Spring 2025

Entire semester Study Abroad or at USC

Summer 2025
Finance Internship

Fall 2025

Second 7 weeks P5: Current Issues in Finance

Planned Practicums

  • P1:  Capital Markets
  • P2: Valuation – “attached” to FINA 365
  • P3: Risk Management and Monte Carlo Simulation
  • P4: Investment Analysis using R – “attached” to FINA 469
  • P5:  Current Issues in Finance


Deadline to apply is November 3, 2023

Only current sophomores who have taken or are currently enrolled in FINA 363 and who plan to take all the courses needed for the finance major can apply.

To apply, email the following to

  1. Resume
  2. Statement (not to exceed one page) explaining why you should be admitted to the program
  3. Transcript

The Process after November 3

Finance faculty members will review the initial applications and select a group of applicants for a virtual interview with a faculty member and one or two current finance scholar students. 

The feedback from the interview will be used to select a smaller group of students who will have a virtual interview with an alumnus.

The feedback from those interviews will be used to select about 25-30 students to begin the program in January.  The final decisions will hopefully be made by December 15.

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