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Albers School of Business and Economics


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.


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 2016-2017 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

  • ECON 5000 Introductory Business Statistics (or equivalent)
  • ACCT 5000 Fundamentals of Accounting (or equivalent)
  • FINC 5000 Managerial Finance* (or equivalent)

*Not required for Professional MBA students.

Individual courses below may have additional prerequisites. See the Prerequisites table for details.

II. Required Courses

Three 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 two 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 StatementsCredits
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
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.
  • Refer to the 2015-2016 Finance Certificate Schedule to plan your program.
  • Length of program depends on when classes are being offered and how many you wish to take per term.
  • Cost is $835 per credit plus fees. (Certificate requirement: 15 credits.)

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