Albers School of Business and Economics
Certificates

Finance

  • With a certificate in finance, students will obtain the necessary skills to succeed in the rapidly changing world of finance. You will be able to develop your critical thinking skills as well as your analytical skills, and learn how to assess the value and implications of financial decisions. You have the flexibility within the certificate program to develop your own area of study or concentrate in several identified areas such as corporate finance, investments or entrepreneurial finance.

    Benefits

    The certificate in finance will allow the student to gain the specialized knowledge necessary to be successful in the profession. You will receive solid grounding in financial principles, accounting analysis, and economic analysis. You will be exposed to complex financial issues and will increase your analytical competence. Upon completion of the certificate, you can contemplate careers in financial analysis, capital budgeting, security analysis, corporate financial management, and small business finance.  

    from Seattle University's 2014-2015 Graduate Catalog

    Admission Requirements

    Applicants must have:

    1. A minimum of an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
    2. A minimum of 2 years of full time work experience 
    3. Competency in statistics
    4. Official scores from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Records Examination (GRE)

    Course Requirements

    I. Prerequisites

    • ACCT 5030 Financial Accounting (or equivalent)
    • FINC5000 Managerial Finance (or equivalent)

    Individual courses below may have additional prerequisites. Click here for details

    II. Required Courses

    (9 credits) Credits
    FINC 5050: Corporate Financial Management * 3
    FINC 5100: Investments 3
    FINC 5110: Financial Institutions and Markets 3

    III. Electives

    Choose any 2 elective courses from the following (6 credits). A more specific finance certificate can be obtained in corporate finance, investments, entrepreneurial finance, international finance, or analyzing financial statements by taking 2 elective courses in the same finance sub area.

    Analyzing Financial Statements Credits
    ACCT 5110: Intermediate Financial Accounting I 3
    FINC 5300: Financial Statement Analysis and Security Valuation 3
       
    Corporate Finance  
    FINC 5115: Corporate Investments Decisions 3
    FINC 5325: Real Options Analysis 3
       
    Entrepreneurial Finance  
    FINC 5115: Corporate Investment Decisions 3
    FINC 5315: Entrepreneurial Finance 3
       
    International Finance  
    FINC 5105: Valuation of Derivatives 3
    FINC 5305: Finance for International Business 3
       
    Investments  
    FINC 5105: Valuation of Derivatives 3
    FINC 5120: Portfolio Management 3
    FINC 5335: Hedge Funds 3

    Requirement for certificate: 15 credits

    Next Steps

    • You need to apply for the certificate program as a regular student via our Application page.
    • Once you are accepted, you may start any term (Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer).
    • After being accepted, you must attend an advising orientation.
    • You can find schedules of classes on our website on our Resources page.
    • Length of program depends on when classes are being offered and how many you wish to take per term.
    • Cost is $800 per credit plus fees. (Certificate requirement: 15 credits.)

    For more information, contact Millena Williams at williami@seattleu.edu.

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    Certificate in Finance