Corporate Finance Certificate

About Our Certificate

The Certificate in Corporate Finance provides students with an in-depth understanding of the financial management process and its key underlying elements. A list of specific student learning objectives is provided below:

  • Understand and implement the capital budgeting process and the key elements involved in that process.
  • Understand and analyze issues relating to working capital management and capital structure.
  • Understand the functions of financial intermediaries, such as banks, mutual funds, pension funds, and endowment funds.
  • Analyze financial statements and use that understanding for valuation models and corporate decision-making choices.

Students who finish the 15 credit-hour curriculum with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA will receive the Certificate in Corporate Finance.

Careers in Corporate Finance

  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Financial Planning & Analysis Manager (FP&A)
  • Treasury
  • Investor Relations Manager
  • Cash Manager
  • Strategic Planner 


This certificate program is available to all degree-seeking and nondegree-seeking students.


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An overview of the global financial system, financial markets, financial institutions, and principles of financial management.

Course Details:

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Pre-requisites: Students admitted to College of Business upper level degree program cannot enroll
  • Course offered in the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters

Financial decision-making in a corporate environment. Time value of money, capital budgeting, cost of capital, working capital management and financial instruments issued by the firm.

Course Details:

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Pre-requisites: Completed 45 semester hours; STAT 2500 (or STAT 2200 AND STAT 1200 or STAT 1300 or STAT 1400); ECONOM 1014 OR ECONOM 1024; ECONOM 1015 OR ECONOM 1051 OR ECONOM 1051H
  • Co-requisites: ACCTCY 2027 or ACCTCY 2037 or ACCTCY 2137H
  • Course offered in the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters


Theory and techniques of financial management, study of firm valuation, dividend policy, capital budgeting and capital asset pricing.

Course Details:

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Pre-requisites: FINANC 3000
  • Course offered in the Spring and Fall semesters

Application of the concepts and tools of finance to cases in working capital management, capital budgeting analysis and capital structure decisions.

Course Details:

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Pre-requisites: FINANC 4010

Elective Courses


Financial modeling and using online databases to retrieve data, data analysis, spreadsheet design, excel VBA programming, interpreting results.

Course Details:

  • 3 Credit Hours

The course comprises an intensive study of the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct and Global Investment Performance Standards. It also includes a review of corporate governance issues.

Course Details:

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Recommended to have completed FINANC 4010 already before enrolling but is not required

This course addresses the principles, concepts, key elements and applications of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) to businesses and other organizations. The principal objective of this course is to prepare students to understand the principles of ERM and to be able to integrate sound risk management principles into their work.

Course Details:

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Pre-requisites: FINANC 4630

Analysis and management of securities and markets by participation in the management of a student-run portfolio of publicly traded stocks and bonds.

Course Details:

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Pre-requisite: FINANC 3000, FINANC 4120, or FINANC 4620. Instructor Consent Required. 
  • May be repeated once for credit for a total of six credits.

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Hands-on experiential investing in start-up enterprises from sourcing, evaluating, and investing to monitoring those investments. Students will learn about angel and venture capital investment strategies, perform pre-screening duties, complete due diligence, structure investment contracts, and monitor portfolio holdings.

Course Details:

  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Pre-requisite: Instructor Consent Required. 
  • Repeat course is allowed, participating two semesters is preferred.

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Application Deadlines

We encourage students to apply as soon as they decide to pursue the certificate program. Please submit the application no later than the cut-off date in the semester of your graduation:

  • Spring – May 1
  • Summer – July 31
  • Fall – December 1


Undergraduate Certificate Coordinator

Halsey Lecure