Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance provides financial service professionals or graduate students aspiring to pursue careers in financial institutions and/or financial management in diverse organizations with knowledge of the managerial aspects of institutional/personal finance.  Graduate-level analytical skills of financial planning, budgeting and risk management are the core areas of knowledge to be developed in this certificate.

Students of this certificate will learn the history, evolution and the basic concepts central to the financial service industry, financial market environment, and professional ethics; understand the regulatory issues in the financial environment; understand the design and decision-making of financial operations, capital budgeting and planning, and risk management; and be able to conduct research to interpret financial market changes and policy impact on institutions.

Entrance and Course Requirements

Students who have already been admitted into a UIS graduate degree program will automatically be admitted into the certificate program upon receipt of the degree seeking application and fee (with the certificate also designated), or a Change of Curriculum Form.

Applicants not currently admitted into a UIS graduate degree program must provide the following:

  1. An application for admission with designation to be a non-degree seeking graduate student earning a Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance; and
  2. Official undergraduate transcript(s) with degree documentation and any prerequisite documentation.

Candidates for the certificate will be expected to complete course requirements with a cumulative GPA
of 3.0 or better.

Prerequisite Requirements*  (8 total credit hours)

ACC 311  Administrative Uses of Accounting (or equivalent)    4 credit hours
ECO 315  Economics for Administration (or equivalent)           4 credit hours

Required Courses  (12 total credit hours)

BUS 502  Managerial Finance                                                   3 credit hours
BUS 505  Investments                                                               3 credit hours
BUS 510  Topics in Finance                                                       3 credit hours
Chose one of the following: **                                                  3 credit hours

  • ACC 579  Fiduciary Tax
  • MIS 578  Information Security
  • Another BUS/MGT 500-level course approved by advisor

*Prerequisites may be completed prior to or concurrently with starting certificate course work.
Each prerequisite must be completed with a C- or better.
Any prerequisite exceptions must have instructor approval.

**This course must be documented with a Student Petition.

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