I was under the impression that it takes the average person 4 years to get their CFA... http://www.cfainstitute.org/cfaprog/...m/howlong.html I would say a CPA or MBA would be more valuable than a CFA-at least more versatile. I'm debating on whether or not to start grad school this coming year, or just get my CPA instead, or both... I would recommend you visit some local business schools, go to an info session, or even sit in on a class. I know this certainly helped in my decision that an MBA is right for my career and helpful when choosing a school. You can have some of your questions answered there and find out what is right for you.