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Online Graduate Certificate in Financial Management

Graduate Finance Certification

Whether to refresh your knowledge and skills or develop new expertise, our Graduate Certificate in Financial Management program is designed to provide a focused financial education on our 100% online learning platform.

Graduate Certificate Program: Gain New Financial Management Expertise

Four online courses, each lasting five weeks, offer students an opportunity to learn wide-ranging theoretical concepts in finance and gain the practical tools needed to be distinguished as an effective financial manager in a variety of industries.

The graduate finance certification program curriculum offers an opportunity to develop students' analytical approach and critical thinking abilities through hands-on coursework led by faculty with real-world experience.

The 12 credit hours earned in this program are transferable to the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program.

Certificate in Financial Management

Possible Career Growth with this Graduate Certificate Program in Financial Management

Employment of financial managers is projected to grow 19 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will vary by industry. Keep these considerations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in mind:

  • Services provided by financial managers, such as planning, directing and coordinating investments, are likely to stay in demand as the economy grows.
  • Several specialties within financial management, particularly cash management and risk management, are expected to be in high demand over the next decade.
  • In recent years, companies have accumulated more cash on their balance sheets, particularly among those with operations in foreign countries. As globalization continues, this trend is likely to persist. This should lead to demand for financial managers as companies will be in need of cash management expertise. 1
Ned Gandevani

“Working professionals might feel they don’t have the time or commitment level to go for a whole degree, so they can take only four courses to receive one of our graduate certificates. For those wanting to become better financial managers, the Financial Management certificate is a good choice.”

Dr. Ned Gandavi, Program Chair, MSF

Courses in the Financial Management Graduate Certificate Program

Foundational Courses

MSF 505
Managerial Finance, 3 Credits

  • This is the first or second course which MSF students take in the graduate program. This course deals with managing business funds and planning their use to accomplish organizational objectives. The primary objective of this course is to introduce the fundamental skills required to manage the financial aspects of a business as well as create and maintain organizational value. The main topics include: time value of money; financial statement analysis; valuation concepts; Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC); capital budgeting techniques; uncertainty & trade-off between risk and return; and the Security Market Line (SML). A basic working knowledge of a financial calculator and/or Microsoft Excel is necessary to successfully complete the course.

MBA 505
Managerial Accounting, 3 Credits

  • This course deals with managing business funds and planning their use to accomplish organizational objectives. The primary objective of this course is to introduce the fundamental skills required to manage the financial aspects of a business as well as create and maintain organizational value. The main topics include: time value of money; financial statement analysis; valuation concepts; Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC); capital budgeting techniques; uncertainty and trade-off between risk and return; and the Security Market Line (SML). A basic working knowledge of a financial calculator and/or Microsoft Excel is necessary to successfully complete the course.

MSF 545
Financial Modeling, 3 Credits

  • In this course, students will develop and build comprehensive financial models relative to various corporate finance and investment scenarios. Through active learning, students will build models relative to amortization, the time value of money, financial derivatives and option pricing. Students must have a mid-level working knowledge of Microsoft Excel prior to entering the course. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is also helpful.

MSF 540
International Finance, 3 Credits

  • International Finance will introduce students to global financial markets and operations of multinational firms. Topics to be discussed will include foreign exchange markets, international financial markets, international banking, international trade tariff and quotas, Euromarkets and investment decisions in the global marketplace.

MSF 510
Investment Management, 3 Credits

  • This course provides in-depth analysis of the securities industry. It will describe and compare the different types and features of advanced securities such as mortgage backed, asset backed, and derivatives. The course introduces a securities market model describing the various participants such as banks, brokers, insurance companies and investment advisors. Within this model, business and system requirements for investment management and trading, custody and securities processing, and securities accounting are described in detail.

Tuition (Effective January 1, 2017)
Tuition Cost Per Course Total Program
General Public $3,035 $12,140
Partners $2,275 $9,100
Additional Online College Fees
Fees Cost
Graduate Application $75 (one time)
eResources $60 per course

All prices are subject to change. Please refer to the Academic Catalog (.pdf) for the most up-to-date pricing.

More About the Graduate Finance Certificate

  • The credits earned in this finance certificate program are transferable to the Master of Science in Finance program if a student elects to continue his or her education after completion of a certificate.
  • While an undergraduate degree is required, students earning a bachelor's degree in fields other than business will be considered.
  • Prospective applicants should demonstrate prior academic knowledge or professional experience for the certificate they apply for.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy

Please refer to the Academic Catalog (.pdf) for withdrawal and refund policy information.

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Financial Managers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/financial-managers.htm (visited November 06, 2017). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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