The professional Certificate in Finance requires 15 s.h. of credit. Students must maintain a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00 in work for the certificate. If students have completed any of the same courses for another certificate, they must consult their advisor to ensure they earn 15 s.h. to complete the certificate program.

The certificate is open to individuals who are fully employed and desire to complete the certificate to build their financial skills or to current Professional M.B.A. Program students. Students in the Professional M.B.A. Program may complete the certificate as they complete their degree; the certificate is designed to fit into the M.B.A. curriculum allowing students to earn the M.B.A. and the certificate without additional course work.

The certificate is ideal for students who wish to gain specialized knowledge of financial concepts. Students can select courses to focus their study in specific areas of finance such as corporate finance, investments, portfolio management, and wealth management.

The Certificate in Finance requires the following course work.

This course:
MBA:8180Managerial Finance3
Four of these:
FIN:9010Contemporary Topics in Finance3
FIN:9140Corporate and Financial Risk Management3
FIN:9150Financial Modeling and Firm Valuation3
FIN:9200Portfolio Management3
FIN:9220Fixed Income Securities3
FIN:9230Real Estate Finance and Investments3
FIN:9240International Finance3
FIN:9270Security Analysis3
FIN:9280Structured Finance-Securitization3
FIN:9290Alternative Investments and Portfolio Strategies3
FIN:9300Corporate Investment and Financing Decisions3
FIN:9310Corporate Financial Strategy3
FIN:9350Wealth Management3

Admission

Admission decisions are based upon completed application materials, including academic performance and quality and quantity of work experience. Applicants must have an undergraduate or prior graduate cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.75 and a minimum of 18 months of professional work experience after completion of their baccalaureate degree. Applicants must be fully employed in a professional position to be considered.

Applicants whose first language is not English must score at least 100 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or must have a successful admission interview. In place of TOEFL, the certificate program accepts satisfactory International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. See English Requirements for M.B.A. Admission on the Office of Admissions website.

Students can be admitted to only one of the four certificate programs at a time. Students must have earned a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00 in previous certificate course work in order to be admitted to a subsequent certificate program.

Applications are accepted throughout the year; admission is for summer, fall, or spring entry.