Full-time MBA students at the University of Georgia now have the option to bolster their resumes with an academic area of emphasis in the rapidly growing field of financial technology, or fintech.
The fintech sector focuses on the use of technology to facilitate everyday financial transactions. The state of Georgia has flourished as a fintech hub, said Benjamin C. Ayers, dean of UGA’s Terry College of Business. Companies based in Atlanta process 70 percent of all credit, debit and prepaid card transactions in the U.S.
The area of emphasis includes 12 hours of relevant coursework culminating in a fintech project with a corporate partner. The curriculum is designed to teach students the latest trends and topics in business process management, cyber threat intelligence and legal issues in the financial services industry, said Santanu Chatterjee, director of the college’s full-time MBA program.