The Fundamentals of Finance graduate certificate lays the foundations for students pursuing careers in corporate finance or as financial analysts. Students will complete the program with the finance skills needed to handle real-world workplace applications.
Topics covered in the program include fundamental economics theory, knowledge about various financial instruments, financial planning methods, quantitative analysis tools and software for decision-making, portfolio management, valuation of fixed income securities and financial derivatives, and risk management in the global market.
Certificate earners are awarded a digital badge for each certificate they complete. Badges can be digitally displayed anywhere to recognize attaining a new level of knowledge.
Courses are offered in convenient, seven-week sessions, which are available in several delivery modes: in-person, hybrid, or online.
Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate enhanced analytical and critical thinking skills.
- Be effective communicators in finance.
- Demonstrate knowledge of global financial markets and their impact.
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. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement. The successful applicant is generally expected to have a minimum combined junior/senior grade-point average of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale.
To be awarded the graduate certificate, students must successfully complete nine credits of course work consisting of six required credits and three elective credits. All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C or better and an overall GPA of 3.0.
Penn State’s schedule of courses lists availability.
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