Georgia FinTech Academy

Georgia College is a proud partner of Georgia FinTech Academy, an online talent development platform developed through collaboration with the University System of Georgia and Georgia's FinTech industry leaders. Courses and programs developed through the FinTech Academy allow learners to access the specialized educational experiences necessary to enter the FinTech sector regardless of geographic location.

What is FinTech?

FinTech is the technology that makes electronic banking possible including everything from gift cards, debit cards, credit cards, ATMS, and the phone apps you use to electronically transfer money to your friends or pay bills. FinTech allows you to invest, insure, and bank from your mobile device without ever having to set foot in a building. Courses in financial technology prepare you for a high demand career in areas such as information technology, cybersecurity, data science, and business.

Did you know that Georgia is home to the largest concentration of financial technology companies in the country? Georgia companies process more than 70% of all credit and debit card transactions in the United States. Georgia has truly earned the name "Transaction Alley!"

FinTech in Georgia

  • $72 billion+ annual revenue in Georgia
  • 160+ financial technology (FinTech) companies
  • 70% of all U.S. payments processed run through a company located in Georgia
  • 15 million+ global card-enabled merchants rely upon Georgia companies
  • 50,000+ employees are in FinTech in Georgia, with an estimated need for 5,000 FinTech-ready professionals by 2021
  • Salaries for certain postitions in this field can reach six figures just out of college!


FinTech Core Courses

The following courses have been developed by Georgia State University as part of the Georgia FinTech Academy and are available to Georgia College students both online (no face-to-face contact) and in an electronic hybrid format (weekly face-to-face meetings online) through USG eMajor.  FTA 4001 ,4002, 4005, and 4100 have been approved to count as a Management Information Systems elective for GC Management Information Systems majors. FTA 4001 or FTA 4003 may be used as an elective in the GC Finance minor.  For other students, these courses will count toward free electives.  Please note that each course description includes a list of competencies required (advising parameters) for each course.

FTA 4001 Foundations of FinTech

FTA 4002 Financial Technologies

FTA 4003 Commercial Banking and FinTech 

FTA 4005 Introduction to Financial Data Analytics

FTA 4100 Introduction to Information Security for FinTech

Registration

Georgia College students are able to register for these courses through their Unify/PAWS account.  Courses are all listed under the FTA subject code.  Registration for Spring 2020 FinTech courses will begin on Friday, November 1, at 8:00 AM.

Cost

Tuition for each of these three credit hour courses will be charged at a flat rate of $199 per credit hour ($597 per course) and will not factor in to your flat rate tuition calculation for the term.  Please contact the Financial Aid Office if you have questions about how these courses may affect your federal and state aid. 

Spring 2020 Textbooks and Required Course Materials

FTA 4001:

  • No cost course materials.  
  • This course requires one or two proctored examinations to verify student identity and maintain academic rigor. These exams may be taken with an approved testing service at a cost of $20 per exam.


FTA 4002:

  • "Fintech in a Flash," Augustin Rubini, 1st edition (April 14, 2017), 2017, ISBN: 978-1545165539
  • "Cutting through the Fog: Finding a Future with Fintech," Darden Business Publishing


FTA 4003:

  • "Money and Banking" (2017) by Robert E. Wright. Flatworld Publishing. ISBN: 978-1-45338708-5. This book can only be purchased via the following link: https://students.flatworldknowledge.com/course/2589797
  • Bank 4.0: Banking Everywhere, Never at a Bank (1st Edition, 2018) by Brett King. Wiley Publishing. ISBN: 978-1119506508
  • Financial calculator or knowledge of how to use financial functions in Excel.
  • This course requires one or two proctored examinations to verify student identity and maintain academic rigor. These exams may be taken with an approved testing service at a cost of $20 per exam.


FTA 4005:

  • No cost course materials.
  • This course requires one or two proctored examinations to verify student identity and maintain academic rigor. These exams may be taken with an approved testing service at a cost of $20 per exam.


FTA 4100:

  • Michael E. Whitman, Herbert J. Mattord, Management of Information Security, Fifth Edition. Cengage Learning, 2017, ISBN-13: 978-1-305-50125-6.


Taking Courses through the University System of Georgia’s eMajor Program

Students enrolling in these eMajor courses should be aware of the differences between the Georgia FinTech courses and Georgia College courses:

eMajor courses follow the USG Collaborative Academic Calendar. Important dates for these courses (such as start/end dates, midpoint, etc.) may differ from the institutional calendar. Students are expected to be aware of the collaborative calendar dates.

eMajor courses are delivered through the GoVIEW Learning Management System. Students are given access to courses on the first day of class. However, students may login to GoVIEW and explore the eConnections tutorial course starting two weeks prior to the start of the semester. Visit the eMajor website for information on accessing GoView.

eMajor students have free access to online library, tutoring, and writing resources in addition to existing on-campus resources for assistance in writing and the learning management system.

Withdrawals from eMajor courses must be initiated by the student through USG eCampus. Information on withdrawal procedures and other important student forms is available on the eMajor website.

Additional Information

For more information on the Georgia FinTech Academy courses available at Georgia College, please contact: