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Program Concentrations

The Boulder MFT Program offers 4 different “Concentrations” with distinct elective courses that cover a wide range of topics, along with the Master Class, creating a robust two-week program. At the end of the program, each participant will have completed 62.5 course hours.

Each concentration offered is designed to attend to specific professional and institutional profiles, in order to  better respond to particular needs and challenges, improving skill sets, tools, critical thinking and strategic approaches. In order to fulfill the concentration requirement, you will need to choose at least 3 courses from your selected concentration (37 course hours) and one additional elective course of your choice, as well as attend the daily morning Boulder Master Class. At the end of the program, if you have fulfilled these requirements, you will receive a Boulder MFT Certificate of Completion which also will include your concentration.

Four Concentrations for you to choose from:

  1. Digital Financial Services (DFS) Concentration: This new concentration is designed for microfinance practitioners working as mobile money managers, finance managers, regulators, policymakers, funders, investors, IT managers, technical/operational staff seeking to introduce or expand Digital Financial Services in their institutions.  This special concentration offers a set of courses dedicated exclusively to DFS.  Participants should also attend the daily morning Boulder Master Class to cover more strategic issues surrounding the financial inclusion. 
  2. Management Concentration:   This concentration is especially designed for senior executives, heads of departments and mid to high level managers charged with strategic implementation and standard operations in MFIs.  This concentration offers courses covering risk, compliance, finance, human resources, internal control and fraud prevention, operations, accounting, governance, marketing, administration, new products development and how to better understand and serve clients. Participants must also attend the Boulder Master Class every morning.
  3. Policy Concentration:  This concentration is especially designed for policy makers and regulators who work in central banks, ministries of finance, supervisory units, government or ministries who are responsible for the development and enforcement of the regulatory and control aspects of financial inclusion, creating better internal systems and procedures. This concentration offers a series of courses and also requires that participants attend the Boulder Master Class in order to better understand the strategic implications of regulatory decisions and trends in the industry.
  4. Development Concentration: This concentration is especially designed for professionals working in development, from financial and non-financial institutions including staff from bi/multi-lateral aid organizations, microfinance support institutions, NGOs, and others interested in microfinance as a means to alleviate poverty, increasing financial inclusion with client centricity and empowerment. Participants choose from a range of courses, and this is complemented with the daily attendance in the Boulder Master Class in order to better understand financial inclusion strategies and trends.

These concentrations have been created to respond to the particular needs of specific professional profiles and their institutions. We recommend you identify the most relevant concentration for your professional background and needs.

Participants will be able to choose their concentration during the course selection process which will take place towards the end of May.

To see the courses that correspond to each concentration, please review our interactive Course Schedule Grid.

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