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Graduate Certificate in Financial Management

ONLINE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE

Whether to refresh your knowledge and skills or develop new expertise, our Graduate Certificate in Financial Management program is designed to provide a focused financial education on our 100% online learning platform.

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Graduate Certificate 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 graduate finance certification 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.

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Possible Career Growth with this Graduate Certificate 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 Graduate Certificate 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 Graduate Certificate Program

Foundational Courses

MSF 505W
Managerial Finance
3 Credits

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.

MBA 505W
Managerial Accounting
3 Credits

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.

MSF 545W
Financial Modeling
3 Credits

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.

Elective Courses (one course from below)

MSF 540W
International Finance
3 Credits

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.

MSF 510W
Investment Management
3 Credits

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 Graduate Finance Certificate

  • 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.

Tuition and Fees - Online Graduate Certificates

Tuition
Student Group Cost Per Course* Total Program
General Public $2,055 $8,220
Partners1 and Immediate Family Members2 $1,659 $6,636
Military Servicemembers3 and Dependents2, Full-time DoD and Coast Guard Civilian Employees4 and Immediate Family Members2 $1,524 $6,096
Veterans5 and Dependents2 $1,659 $6,636
First Responders6 and Immediate Family Members2 $1,524 $6,096
Additional Fees
Fees Cost
Graduate Application
once per program, non-refundable
$50**
e-Resources Fee $85 per course***
Transcript Fee $8 per official transcript
Petition to Graduate Fee
once per program, non-refundable
$95
Commencement Fee
once per program, non-refundable
$100
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

*All prices are subject to change. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for the most up to date pricing.

** Application fee waived for the following groups (including their immediate family members/dependents2): partners1, military servicemembers3, DOD & USCG employees4, veterans5, first responders6.

*** 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, firefighters, emergency medical services, and emergency management.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy

Please refer to the Academic Catalog for withdrawal and refund policy information.

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