Finance Certificate

It's all about the money! A Finance Certificate will empower you to ask and answer questions like, "Will this project add value to my corporation?" You will get an overview of money markets and the global financial environment, enabling you to make corporate decisions strategically. You will delve deeper into investments and learn the inner workings of futures and options. To top it off, you will take a capstone course that brings all of the Finance Certificate courses together. This is a popular certificate because students see the value it will add to their careers.

Class Formats:
  • Weeknight classes on the main campus and online
  • Online

Full-time professionals are available to discuss the finance certificate curriculum with you in greater detail. Simply call 800.672.7223 Ext. 25168 or contact our Enrollment Services Staff.

Required Courses

Total credits: 16
FIN 5530 Money Markets and Monetary Institutions  
FIN 5535 Futures and Options  
FIN 5560 Advanced Financial Policy  
FIN 5620 Investments  
FIN 5502 Finance Capstone  

Course Descriptions

FIN 5530     Money Markets and Monetary Institutions  (3 cr.)

This course examines the structure and functions of modern US and international financial markets and institutions. The course covers the nature of the global financial system, interest rate determination, pricing of interest-rate dependent securities, money market instruments, the goals and roles of central banks, and commercial banking. Students will develop a thorough understanding of modern financial institutions and will learn to apply modern financial theory to practical problems in liability pricing and management. Prerequisites: FIN 5080 with a grade of B or better or FIN 5805 and FIN 5815 with a grade of B or better in each class.

FIN 5535     Futures and Options  (3 cr.)

This course examines the structure and functions of the futures and options markets. The course covers the structure of options and futures markets with an emphasis on American markets such as the CME and CBOE. Additional topics include arbitrage restrictions, option pricing, hedging with futures, options on futures, exotics, trading strategies, and an introduction to corporate securities as options on the underlying cash flows. Prerequisite: FIN 5620

FIN 5560     Advanced Financial Policy  (3 cr.)

The course covers basic financial policies as applied to real management problems and includes the areas of liquidity, capital management, funding requirements, valuation, mergers and acquisitions, and funding of new ventures. Prerequisites: FIN 5080 with a grade of B or better or FIN 5805 and FIN 5815 with a grade of B or better in each class.

FIN 5620     Investments  (3 cr.)

This course will deal with a thorough analysis of the theory and application of investments in relation to business cycles, institutional behavior and risk and return opportunities in the economics setting. The course is presented from the investor's viewpoint and incorporates applied and empirical methodologies. The course covers investment strategies and policies. Prerequisites: QNT 5040 and FIN 5080 with a grade of B or better or FIN 5805 and FIN 5815 with a grade of B or better in each FIN class.

FIN 5502     Finance Capstone  (4 cr.)

The finance capstone course uses case studies to integrate coursework, knowledge, skills and experiential learning to enable the student to demonstrate a broad mastery of financial policies as applied to real management problems within today?s multinational enterprises. It covers a broad range of topics from corporate financial management and financial institutions to investments and international finance. Additionally, the course examines international parity conditions, arbitrage, interest rate and currency derivative products, financial and operating hedges, and capital budgeting in international environment.Prerequisites: FIN 5530, FIN 5535, FIN 5560, and FIN 5620. Student must be in good academic standing to register for this class.

Foundation Courses

Because Master's level study extends knowledge and skills acquired in both the classroom and workplace, the successful completion of the following foundation courses are required in order to enroll in this certificate program. Satisfactory completion of foundation courses requires a "C" grade or better in each.

ECN 5050     Economic Thinking  (3 cr.)

Economic Thinking: Students will learn how to use economic thinking in making managerial decisions and motivating others to make decisions that increase the value of organizations. Prerequisites: ECNP 5003 and QNT 5040.

FINP 5008     Business Finance  (3 cr.)

Business Finance: A survey of the essentials of finance and its environment. Financial management as it applies to organizations, ratio analysis, leverage, working capital management, capital budgeting, capital structure, and other concepts as they apply to business organizations. Course satisfies program prerequisite of finance for master's degree programs.

FIN 5080     Applying Managerial Finance  (3 cr.)

Applying Managerial Finance: Students will gain a working knowledge of managerial finance by learning to develop a systematic approach to financial analysis; to apply techniques for planning, forecasting, and managing; as well as to evaluate and recommend improvements in the organization's financial performance. Prerequisites: FINP 5008 or equivalent, ECN 5050, and QNT 5040.

One of the following two courses:

QNT 5040     Quantitative Thinking  (3 cr.)

Quantitative Thinking: The application of quantitative techniques has expanded rapidly in business decision-making. This course is an introduction to the potential usefulness, limitations, and format of various quantitative techniques used in the decision-making process in business. Lecture discussion and problem solution are used to present the concepts of descriptive statistics, theoretical probability distributions, confidence levels, simulation, hypothesis testing, correlation, regression, and forecasting techniques. Prerequisite: QNTP 5002 or equivalent.

FIN 5805     Financial Decisions for International Managers  (3 cr.)

Financial Decisions for International Managers: Delivered online, Financial Decisions for International Managers examines basic accounting concepts and corporate financial statement components, and develops students financial decision-making abilities. The course is developed as a preliminary requirement for more advanced work in the courses, International Accounting and International Finance. Financial statement analysis is considered to consist of the application of analytical tools and techniques to financial statements and data in order to derive measurements and relationships that are significant and useful for decision-making. This analysis can be used for objectives such as screening for the selection of investments or merger candidates. It can also be used as a forecasting tool for future financial conditions and results; a process of diagnosis for managerial, operating, or other problem areas; and a tool for the evaluation of management. Overall, the course places a strong emphasis on improving managerial decision-making. Prerequisites: ACTP 5001 and FINP 5008 or equivalents.

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