The EnCap Investments & LCM Group Alternative Asset Management Center (AAMC) at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University is at the forefront of training students for careers in finance. The AAMC selects approximately 50 undergrads in their junior year for the highly-selective BBA honors program in Alternative Assets. Admission is based on academic performance [the median GPA of the 2016 class was 3.84], demonstrated work ethic, strong recommendation letters, and an interview. The center seeks to identify smart, highly motivated students who are interested in pursuing a rigorous, application-oriented program with motivated peers.
The training begins in the spring semester of the junior year with a case-based class, which provides the basic skills necessary for private equity/investment banking. Students complete a summer internship after the junior year typically at an investment bank, consulting firm, hedge fund or money management firm. In the fall semester of the senior year, the students take a second class which focuses on hedge fund investing strategies. A distinguishing feature of the two-course sequence is the active involvement of accomplished speakers from the finance industry on topics covered in the program. Finally, in the spring semester of the student’s senior year, the Finance Department funds a voluntary CFA review course (the course meets for three hours on Saturdays for 14 weeks) for students sitting for the CFA Level 1 exam upon graduation. In addition, the AAMC offers Graduate courses on Alternative Assets and Hedge Funds.
William Maxwell, Academic Director