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 positions 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 in either online (no face-to-face contact) or 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, and that additional GC prerequisites are listed below.  Additional schedule information for each course, including necessary textbooks, is included further down this page.

FTA 4001 Foundations of FinTech

FTA 4002 Financial Technologies  (Prior completion of CBIS 3213 recommended)

FTA 4003 Commercial Banking and FinTech (Additional campus prerequisite of FINC 3131 required)

FTA 4005 Introduction to Financial Data Analytics  (Prior completion of MGMT 3101 and FINC 3131 recommended)

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 Summer and Fall 2020 FinTech courses will begin on Wednesday, April 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. 

Summer 2020 Textbooks and Required Course Materials

FTA 4001:

  • No cost course materials.  
  • This 8-week course is taught completely online through eMajor, however students must attend virtual meetings Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 2:00pm. This course utilizes free digital resources in lieu of a textbook. This course requires one or more proctored examinations. These exams may be taken with an approved testing service at a cost of $20 per exam. Local testing center costs may vary.


FTA 4002:

  • "Fintech in a Flash," Augustin Rubini, 1st edition (April 14, 2017), 2017, ISBN: 978-1545165539
  • This 8-week course is taught completely online through eMajor. This course utilizes a low cost textbook option.


FTA 4003:

  • Financial Markets and Institutions (9th Edition, 2018) by Frederic S. Mishkin and Stanley Eakins.  Pearson Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-0134519265
  • 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 8-week course is taught completely online through eMajor. This course requires one or more proctored examinations. These exams may be taken with an approved testing service at a cost of $20 per exam. Local testing center costs may vary.


FTA 4005:

  • No cost course materials.
  • This 8-week course is taught completely online through eMajor, however students must attend virtual meetings Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:40pm - 10:10pm. This course utilizes free digital resources in lieu of a textbook. This course requires one or more proctored examinations. These exams may be taken with an approved testing service at a cost of $20 per exam. Local testing center costs may vary.


FTA 4100:

  • Michael E. Whitman, Herbert J. Mattord, Management of Information Security, Fifth Edition. Cengage Learning, 2017, ISBN-13: 978-1-305-50125-6.
  • This 8-week course is taught completely online through eMajor, however students must attend virtual meetings Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:40pm - 10:10 pm.

 

Fall 2020 Textbooks and Required Course Materials

FTA 4001:

  • No cost course materials.  
  • This 16-week course is taught completely online through eMajor. This course utilizes free digital resources in lieu of a textbook. This course requires one or more proctored examinations. These exams may be taken with an approved testing service at a cost of $20 per exam. Local testing center costs may vary. 


FTA 4002:

  • "Fintech in a Flash," Augustin Rubini, 1st edition (April 14, 2017), 2017, ISBN: 978-1545165539
  • This 16-week course is taught completely online through eMajor. This course utilizes a low cost textbook option.


FTA 4003:

  • Financial Markets and Institutions (9th Edition, 2018) by Frederic S. Mishkin and Stanley Eakins.  Pearson Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-0134519265
  • 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 16-week course is taught completely online through eMajor. This course requires one or more proctored examinations. These exams may be taken with an approved testing service at a cost of $20 per exam. Local testing center costs may vary. 


FTA 4005:

  • No cost course materials.
  • This 16-week course is taught completely online through eMajor. This course utilizes free digital resources in lieu of a textbook. This course requires one or more proctored examinations. These exams may be taken with an approved testing service at a cost of $20 per exam. Local testing center costs may vary. 


FTA 4100:

  • Michael E. Whitman, Herbert J. Mattord, Management of Information Security, Fifth Edition. Cengage Learning, 2017, ISBN-13: 978-1-305-50125-6
  • This 16-week course is taught completely online through eMajor.


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: