Undergraduate Program

Emerging CFOs

Wall Street Fellows' applications for current Sophomores NOW open for coursework beginning in Spring 2019. Applications for all other Fellows programs will open in December 2018 for the coursework beginning in Fall 2019.

Wikler Finance Case Competition

The Emerging CFOs program is for students interested in corporate finance and investment banking. ECFOs provides in-depth analysis of corporate finance aspects of finance and provides students with enhanced leadership and communication skills.

In addition to traditional courses taken by all finance majors, students in this program will take a dedicated Fellows section of Financial Management, BMGT440F. This section brings in corporate speakers and includes an in-class case competition where students compete for a cash prize.

As part of the ECFO Finance Fellows program, students consult with a local company over the semester. Last spring's company was greeNEWit, a Columbia, MD, energy audit company. Student teams advised the firm's CEO about obtaining financing to fuel the firm's expected growth. This kind of consulting can be very positive on a resume, and generally something that employers will be interested in talking about.

Dr. Sue White is the Faculty Champion for this program.

Click here for Fellows student testimonial.

Curriculum: one-year program

  • BMGT340 (Business Finance) - Sophomore year or Fall of Junior year
  • BMGT313F (Financial Statement Analysis) - Fall 
  • BMGT440F (Financial Management) - Spring 

Co-curricular Activities

  • Mentoring program with with professionals in the field
  • Case competition
  • Finance Fellows Speaker Series 
  • Site visits

Students are required to attend Finance Fellows Networking Night in the Fall plus two other co-curricular events as approved by the Finance Fellows team.

Career Connection

Examples of companies where ECFO Fellows have interned or received full-time offers: 

  • Signal Hill
  • SAIC
  • Deloitte  
  • Andersen Tax
  • JPMorgan Chase

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a Finance Major. (You may apply if you are in the process of applying to Smith as an internal transfer student, but Fellows admission would be contingent upon admission to the Smith School, College Park).
  • Rising junior or senior.
  • Grade of B- or better in BMGT340 (may complete either spring semester at time of application or fall semester. Admission is provisional contingent upon satisfactory completion of BMGT340).


Applications for ECFOs for 2018-2019 are due February 12, 2018 at 11:59pm.

  • Online application form.
  • Cover letter – Explains why you want to be a part of this program, what you can bring to the program, and what you hope to gain from participating. (Address to faculty champion.)
  • Resume.
  • Note: Cover letter and resume must be submitted in pdf format.

Questions? Read our Fellows FAQs or contact smithfellows@rhsmith.umd.edu.