Explore new professional career opportunities and augment your expertise with our online Graduate Certificate in Global Finance Trading program.
Enhance Your Global Finance Expertise in as Little as 20 Weeks
Using our online-learning platform, this 100% online graduate certificate program consists of four courses, each lasting five weeks. It is designed to provide students with an opportunity to:
- Acquire the theoretical concepts and practical methods to trade and manage various financial instruments, including foreign exchange (forex) commodities and stocks
- Learn to use fundamental analysis and technical indicators
- Acquire an understanding of trading psychology and risk management to enhance their global trading finance skills
The 12 credit hours earned in this program are transferable to the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program. If you are interested in a graduate degree with a strong emphasis on this specialization, consider our Master of Science in Finance with a concentration in Global Finance Trading.
Graduate Certificate Program: Enhance Your Global Finance Expertise in as Little as 20 Weeks
Employment of financial analysts is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.1 A growing range of financial products and the need for in-depth knowledge of geographic regions are expected to lead to strong employment growth.
Demand for financial analysts tends to grow with overall economic activity. Financial analysts will be needed to evaluate investment opportunities when new businesses are established or existing businesses expand. In addition, emerging markets throughout the world are providing new investment opportunities, which require expertise in geographic regions where those markets are located.
Demand is also projected to increase as the growth of “big data” and technological improvements allow financial analysts to access a wider range of data and conduct higher quality analysis. This analysis will help businesses manage their finances, identify investment trends, and deliver new products or services to clients.1
Global Finance Trading Graduate Certificate Program Prerequisites
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.
Global Finance Trading Graduate Certificate Program Courses
This course explores the features and functions of the key financial markets along with the institutions that serve the markets. Specifically, this overview compares and contrasts the equities, debt, money and mutual fund markets. It analyzes the individual markets, as well as the interaction among them. The course also focuses on the Federal Reserve System: its integration with the investment market industry and how it affects economic conditions.
This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of how foreign exchange (forex) currencies are traded in both professional and retail markets and what causes currency values to rise and fall. The course examines the major players within the forex market — banks, brokers, fund managers, hedge funds and retail traders — and explores the dynamics between these participants. It also investigates techniques to evaluate and trade forex for risk mitigation or speculation, exploring the use of futures, forwards, swaps and options to achieve these aims. Major macroeconomic data releases, political and central bank speeches are investigated, and their effects on forex markets are analyzed, often in real-time. This course also introduces and examines fundamental and technical analyses techniques to forecast potential future exchange rate moves. As part of the course, students will be provided with a $50,000 demo trading account to enable them to apply learned knowledge to real-time forex markets.
This course is designed to develop and expand the techniques introduced in MSF547 to investigate additional asset classes and more advanced analysis techniques. Additional technical analysis indicators will be introduced, enabling students to evaluate price momentum and trend strength in more detail, as well as additional asset classes such as commodities and stock indices. Putting together this new-found knowledge, students will continue to trade their $50,000 demo trading account as they develop their trading strategies. Additional options strategies will be introduced to identify more advanced methods of speculation and hedging of risk exposure. Students will be required to monitor and record their trading activity, and use this information to critically evaluate their own trading performance.
All human beings are hard-wired to behave in a certain way, given certain stimulus and situations. However, traders and investors need to adapt their behavior to become successful. This course studies a range of human emotions and the effect of crowd behavior on financial markets: what makes people think and behave as they do and how this (somewhat predictable) behavior can be used to forecast market movements and enhance trading profits. The course also examines individual psychological biases and explains how to recognize the reasons that cause traders to make predictable errors in their analysis and trading. The course examines how to identify these biases, and how to avoid falling into emotional traps when trading. The course also explains how to recognize, assess and manage potential burn-out in traders, and how to help them return to profitability after a performance slump.
|Tuition||Cost Per Course*||Total Program|
|Graduate Application||waived for 2020**|
|eResources||$85 per course|
* All prices are subject to change. Please refer to the Academic Catalog (.pdf) for the most up to date pricing.
** Application fees waived through 2020 to help relieve up-front costs for those who have been affected by COVID-19.
More About the Graduate Finance Certificate Program in Global Trading
- 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 Analysts, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-analysts.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.