Applied Portfolio Management


A student works at a computer in the McCarthy APM Finance Lab.

The Applied Portfolio Management class at the KU School of Business offers a unique opportunity for students to learn the intricacies of stock markets around the world. The class is competitive, fast-paced, fun and, most importantly, an incredible experience. More than 200 top executives and Wall Street professionals from all over the world have joined the class as guest speakers.

Founded by Kent McCarthy in 1994, APM's mission has guided us to be one of the longest-running student investment funds in the United States.

  • We strive to offer a unique, high-impact educational experience.
  • We educate students as leaders in the investment profession.
  • We form and maintain a strong alumni network.
  • We promote and raise funds for the School of Business.

We believe in reinvesting in our community. Through their work, APM students, alumni, and donors have allowed us to:

  • Donate $1.25M to create the McCarthy APM Research Lab and help construct Capitol Federal Hall.
  • Invest as a limited partner in KU professor and Academy Award winner Kevin Willmott's Jayhawkers film, funding student involvement and production.
  • Fund a portion of the annual KU Student Senate budget.
  • Seed the programs that led to Jayhawks on Wall Street and Jennett Finance Scholars at the School of Business.
  • Host weekly student networking dinners with guest speakers.
  • Offer numerous student awards and scholarships.

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Did you know?

  • The McCarthy APM Finance Lab provides students with a chance to learn how to navigate Bloomberg terminals.




Learn more

  • Portfolio

    Explore the APM portfolio and reports detailing transaction history, tracking & sentiment data, and other resources used by the class.

  • Apply for APM

    See our program requirements and start your APM application today.

  • Class schedule

    View this semester's class schedule and planned guest speakers.

  • Guest speakers

    Hundreds of guest speakers have shared their experience and expertise with APM students. View recent guests and reach out to join us in the future.

  • Golf tournament

    Participate in this annual alumni tradition and help raise funds for APM.

  • Connect with us

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Support APM scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of the McCarthy family, your gift to support APM scholarships will be matched.