The graduate certificate in finance provides training in investment valuation and the skills necessary to value an entire company through analysis of expected cash flows based on financial statements, growth characteristics, and risk.
The certificate is for graduate students and recent graduates seeking job opportunities as investors or professional money managers, who deal with efficient asset allocation in a portfolio setting, investment performance measurement, and performance evaluation. The certificate is available on campus in Ames.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact the program director, Travis Sapp, PhD.
To earn the finance certificate, participants are required to take four approved courses (12 credits). Participants should work with Professor Sapp to select courses prior to registration.
Students must maintain a grade average of 3.0 or higher. This graduate certificate may be earned either before, after, or concurrently with a master’s or doctoral degree. At least three credits may not be used to satisfy any other degree requirements.
Required core courses (9 credits)
- FIN 510 – Advanced Corporate Finance
- FIN 520 – Investments
- FIN 530 – Financial Analysis and Valuation
Sample elective courses (3 credits)
- FIN 515 – Case Studies in Financial Decision Making
- FIN 535 – Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Mergers & Acquisitions
- FIN 528 – Fixed Income Analysis and Portfolio Management
- FIN 534 – Financial Derivatives
Students without a background in Finance must also take FIN 501. This course will not count toward the 12 credits needed for the certificate.
Students are required to submit a Program of Study listing courses taken for the certificate.
To receive your certificate: Submit the Certificate Completion form after your course work is complete or during the term of your last course.
Admission to the finance graduate certificate program is contingent upon satisfying the following requirements:
- Bachelors of Science degree in Business, STEM or related field
- Post-undergraduate work experience of two or more years is preferred
- GPA of 3.0 or better is preferred
- TOEFL – 100; or IELTS – 7 (international applicants only)
GMAT/GRE scores are not required. You may take up to 9 credits as a non-degree seeking student, before being formally admitted into the program.
For eligibility questions, please contact the program director, Travis Sapp, PhD.
How to Apply
Fill out the corresponding application from the options listed below. You will need your resume and unofficial transcripts.
For questions about the application process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.