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Darshana Palkar, Ph.D.
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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.

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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.

Total credits: 15

Required Courses
FIN 5540 Banking  
FIN 5545 Financial Engineering  
FIN 5570 Advanced Corporate Finance  
FIN 5550 Investments  
FIN 5503 Real World Finance for Managers  

FIN 5540     Banking  (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 5130 or FIN 5080 or FIN 5805 with a grade of B or better.

FIN 5545     Financial Engineering  (3 cr.)

This course examines the functions of fixed income securities and financial derivatives such as futures and options. These instruments have been innovated enormously and played significant roles in recent financial crises. Topics include bond investment strategies, risk management, option trading strategies, valuation of derivatives, as well as their applications to real world problems. Prerequisite: FIN 5130 or FIN 5080 or FIN 5805 with a grade of B or better.

FIN 5570     Advanced Corporate Finance  (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 5130 or FIN 5080 or FIN 5805 with a grade of B or better.

FIN 5550     Investments  (3 cr.)

This course will provide a graduate-level introduction to the investment process from the investor (or buy-side) perspective. Topics include: trading and exchanges, risk and return, theoretical and practical issues in asset allocation (portfolio analysis), asset pricing ? including the Capital Asset Pricing Model, Arbitrage Pricing Theory and the Fama-French factor models, and an introduction to efficient markets theory, active/passive investment, and a brief discussion of behavioral finance. Students gain a real world application of investments by participating in Stock Trak?s global portfolio simulation. Prerequisite: FIN 5130 or FIN 5080 or FIN 5805 with a grade or B or better.

FIN 5503     Real World Finance for Managers  (3 cr.)

Students will follow the current events and apply the financial concepts to determine the cause behind the movement in security prices as news unfolds. They will perform fundamental analysis and understand how government actions and policies affect cash flow expectations and valuation of projects and securities. The course will introduce the students to various forms of currency exposures and ways to hedge such exposures. Students will be introduced to cutting edge financial products and ever evolving tools used to speculate and/or manage different types of risks. Prerequisite: FIN 5130 or FIN 5080 or FIN 5805 with a grade of B or better .

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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