Finance (Advanced Certificate)

The finance industry has undergone a significant transformation in the sophistication of its product offerings and how it manages those products with regard to customer/investor requirements. The days of basic banking and insurance products have given way to portfolio management, financial analysis, hedging with derivatives, and fundamentals of risk management. Students who complete the Finance Certificate will gain the conceptual knowledge and quantitative skills needed to enter or advance their careers in the financial services industry.  Upon completion, the courses and credit hours earned can also be applied to the requirements for the Master of Business Administration program.

Students completing the Finance Certificate will:

  • Develop an integrated understanding of financial markets, investments, portfolio management, and risk management
  • Develop an understanding of how firms make investment decisions and finance assets
  • Develop strong quantitative skills and advanced capabilities with Excel


Preparatory Courses 1
ACC 505Financial Accounting3
ECO 503Statistics for Managers with Excel3
Required Courses
FIN 608Corporate Finance 23
FIN 620Investment Management3
FIN 622Financial Institutions and Markets3
Total Credits15

Up to 6 credit hours of preparatory courses can be waived depending on prior course work.  The Director of Graduate Business Programs will evaluate student transcripts for waivers.


Students can be waived out of FIN 608 and will take FIN 617  or FIN 622

First Year
ACC 505FIN 608
ECO 503 
Second Year
FIN 622 
FIN 312