This is a common question, however the table below clarifies the key differences:

  CFA                 MBA
Skills Set Finance and Investment Skills General Business Management Skills
Key Courses Equity, Derivatives, Fixed Income, Corporate Finance, Portfolio Management, Quantitative Analysis, Ethics, Alternative Investments, Economics, and Financial Reporting and Analyses. Human Resource, Marketing, Finance, Operations Management, International Business etc.
Mode of Study Self-Study Classroom-taught
Levels/Time Required 3 Levels (1.5 to 4 years) 2 Years
Cost $3,300 to $5,500 Excluding private tuition $60,000 to $100,000
Study Hours 300 Hours/Level  on the Average 2 Years
Jobs/Industries Investment Management & Research, Financial Services All Industries: Technology, Finance, Energy, Media, Public Sector, Manufacturing, etc
Completion Rate (Start to Finish) 20% About 90% Excluding Acceptance Rate
Perception Rigorous and Grueling Fairly Demanding


At Finance Analytics Group, you will be mentored by a team of tutors who are CFACharterholders and have gone through this journey before and are in a better position to lead you.