Finance Graduate Certificates

Finance Graduate Certificates

Penn State Great Valley offers two graduate certificates in finance—one in Corporate Finance and one in Financial Risk Management—that are designed for individuals who seek a skill set in specific areas of finance. Whether you are a recent college graduate who is considering a graduate degree or seeking a career in finance, a master’s degree holder who wishes to tack on a specialization, or an established professional looking to update your credentials and expand your expertise, these certificates are designed to meet your needs.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (post-secondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates. The successful applicant is generally expected to have a minimum combined junior/senior GPA of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale.

Current Penn State Great Valley graduate students in all programs are also welcome to apply and enroll in this certificate.

Certificate Requirements

To be awarded either graduate certificate, students must successfully complete 12 credits* of course work. The corporate finance certificate curriculum consists of 12 required credits, while the financial risk management certificate consists of 9 required and 3 elective credits. All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C or better and an overall GPA of 3.0.

Download: Finance Certificates Plan of Study

Corporate Finance Certificate Courses
Course Required or Elective Current Offering Future Offering
ACCTG 512 Financial Theory and Reporting Problems Required* FA I FA I
BUSAD 525 Quantitative Methods in Finance
Prerequisite: BUSAD 801 or equivalent
Required FA I FA I
BUSAD 826 Current Issues in Corporate Finance (Advanced Corporate Finance)
Prerequisites: ACCTG 512, BUSAD 525, FIN 531 or equivalent
Required FA  II  
MBADM 820 Financial Management
Previously offered as FIN 531
Prerequisite: ACCTG 512 or ACCTG 511 or equivalent

 Required*

 

FA I SP I


Financial Risk Management Certificate Courses

Course Required or Elective Current Offering Future Offering
BUSAD 525 Quantitative Methods in Finance
Prerequisite: BUSAD 801 or equivalent
Required FA I  
FIN 805 Multinational Managerial Finance
(formerly FIN 505)
Prerequisite: MBADM 820 or equivalent
Elective FA II  
FIN 808 Analysis of Financial Markets
(formerly FIN 508)
Prerequisite: MBADM 820 or equivalent
Required   SP I
FIN 813 Speculative Markets
(formerly FIN 513)
Prerequisite: FIN 808 or equivalent
Required FA I SP I
BUSAD 827 Fixed Income Securities Elective   SP II

Penn State's schedule of courses lists course availability. Although the course numbers, times, and availability on the University registrar's schedule of courses is correct, their prerequisites differ.

Courses are each 3 credits and may be applied to the master of finance or MBA if admitted as a degree-seeking student. Courses are offered in convenient, seven-week sessions and with hybrid-delivery options.

*Depending on prior preparation, students may need to complete course prerequisites as indicated.
**Students who have completed equivalent course work may waive and replace in consultation with their adviser.

If you are a current certificate student and have completed all the coursework, please submit the Graduate Certificate Completion Form.