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Whether to refresh your knowledge and skills or develop new expertise, our Certificate of Achievement in Financial Management program is designed to provide a focused financial education on our 100% online learning platform.
What is a Certificate of Achievement?
Upon completing a certain number of courses in a specified discipline, students will receive a certificate of achievement from Cambridge College as recognition of their training achievement. These programs are designed to be completed relatively quickly and increase the student’s marketability by demonstrating to employers that they have developed or improved skills in these focused areas. The courses may also be transferable to related Cambridge College degree programs, reducing the amount of time required to obtain a degree. A certificate of achievement is not a formal academic credential and is not eligible for Title IV financial aid.
Certificate of Achievement Program: Gain New Financial Management Expertise
Four online courses, each lasting five weeks, offer students an opportunity to learn wide-ranging theoretical concepts in finance and gain the practical tools needed to be distinguished as an effective financial manager in a variety of industries.
The financial management certificate of achievement program curriculum offers an opportunity to develop students' analytical approach and critical thinking abilities through hands-on coursework led by faculty with real-world experience.
The 12 credit hours earned in this program are transferable to the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program.
Possible Career Growth with this Certificate of Achievement Program in Financial Management
Employment of financial managers is projected to grow 19 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will vary by industry. Keep these considerations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in mind:
- Services provided by financial managers, such as planning, directing, and coordinating investments, are likely to stay in demand as the economy grows.
- Several specialties within financial management, particularly cash management and risk management, are expected to be in high demand over the next decade.
- In recent years, companies have accumulated more cash on their balance sheets, particularly among those with operations in foreign countries. As globalization continues, this trend is likely to persist. This should lead to demand for financial managers as companies will be in need of cash management expertise. 1
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Personal Financial Advisors, on the internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/personal-financial-advisors.htm (visited November 05, 2017). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
Financial Management Certificate of Achievement 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.
Courses in the Financial Management Certificate of Achievement Program
This is the first or second course which MSF students take in the graduate program. This course deals with managing business funds and planning their use to accomplish organizational objectives. The primary objective of this course is to introduce the fundamental skills required to manage the financial aspects of a business as well as create and maintain organizational value. The main topics include: time value of money; financial statement analysis; valuation concepts; Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC); capital budgeting techniques; uncertainty & trade-off between risk and return; and the Security Market Line (SML). A basic working knowledge of a financial calculator and/or Microsoft Excel is necessary to successfully complete the course.
This course deals with managing business funds and planning their use to accomplish organizational objectives. The primary objective of this course is to introduce the fundamental skills required to manage the financial aspects of a business as well as create and maintain organizational value. The main topics include: time value of money; financial statement analysis; valuation concepts; Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC); capital budgeting techniques; uncertainty and trade-off between risk and return; and the Security Market Line (SML). A basic working knowledge of a financial calculator and/or Microsoft Excel is necessary to successfully complete the course.
In this course, students will develop and build comprehensive financial models relative to various corporate finance and investment scenarios. Through active learning, students will build models relative to amortization, the time value of money, financial derivatives and option pricing. Students must have a mid-level working knowledge of Microsoft Excel prior to entering the course. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is also helpful.
International Finance will introduce students to global financial markets and operations of multinational firms. Topics to be discussed will include foreign exchange markets, international financial markets, international banking, international trade tariff and quotas, Euromarkets and investment decisions in the global marketplace.
This course provides in-depth analysis of the securities industry. It will describe and compare the different types and features of advanced securities such as mortgage backed, asset backed, and derivatives. The course introduces a securities market model describing the various participants such as banks, brokers, insurance companies and investment advisors. Within this model, business and system requirements for investment management and trading, custody and securities processing, and securities accounting are described in detail.
More About the Financial Management Certificate of Achievement
- 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.
|Cost Per Course
|$85 per course**
|$8 per official transcript
|Course Re-enrollment Fee
|Standard tuition rates apply
|Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) Fee
California students only
|$2.50 per one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) of institutional charges
* Special tuition rate applies to courses taken through 8/31/24. Standard tuition rates will apply beginning in the fall 2024 term. All prices are subject to change. No other scholarships or discounts are available for this program. Not eligible for Title IV financial aid. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for the most up to date pricing.
** e-Resources fee waived for the following groups (including their immediate family members/dependents2): military servicemembers3, DOD & USCG employees4
1 Employees, immediate family members of employees, and in some cases members of organizations that have engaged in a formal educational partnership agreement with Cambridge College.
2 Dependents and immediate family members are defined as the spouse and children.
3 A member of the United States Armed Forces (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, Space Force) that is currently serving on active duty, Guard or Reserve status. Members of the Guard and Reserves must be drilling members or on active duty. Servicemembers that are in the Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR) are not considered as currently serving for purposes of the military benefit but may qualify for the veteran benefit.
4 General schedule employees of the Department of Defense (DoD) and the United States Coast Guard.
5 Prior servicemember of the United States Armed Forces (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, Space Force) separated under other than dishonorable conditions. Servicemembers that are in the Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR) may qualify for the veteran benefit.
6 All first responders, including law enforcement, fire fighters, emergency medical services, and emergency management.
Withdrawal and Refund Policy
Please refer to the Academic Catalog for withdrawal and refund policy information.