Graduate Certificate in Finance
City University of Seattle’s Graduate Certificate in Finance provides a comprehensive overview of business finance for those looking to add to their skills set or bring their previous knowledge up to date. We offer a particular focus on financial management for those interested in learning more about that field.
CityU of Seattle’s finance certificate program utilizes a faculty of active financial experts to reach beyond theories so you can develop the skills to solve real-world challenges. This program covers usable topics including the following:
- financing—evaluating which vehicles are best for your organization
- banking—assessing a bank’s stability and services
- investing—establishing and managing a portfolio of stocks, bonds and other investments
- trading—preparing stock sales for a publicly traded company or initial public offering
The finance certificate program at CityU is offered completely online so you can develop vital skills without taking time away from your responsibilities. As with all of our online programs, we keep class sizes small so you get individual attention right at your own home. Connect with a School of Management advisor to discuss how the Graduate Certificate in Finance can work with your life.
The field of finance employs individuals inside financial firms, but it also employs specialists throughout many other types of organizations. When you finish your online finance certificate, you’ll be prepared to step into a senior financial role within a small company, advance into mid-level corporate finance positions in a medium sized company, or work as a financial project manager or budget analyst in a large company or government agency.
If you have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, you can apply to get your graduate-level finance certificate online with CityU. All of our courses are fully accredited, which means you’ll earn credit toward a master’s degree while you work toward your certificate. Because of the rigor of the program, applicable prior experience in accounting or an additional accounting course may be necessary before beginning. Get in touch with an advisor to learn more today.
As of July 1, 2011, the US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose specific information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.” City University offers a number of undergraduate and graduate certificates that lead to gainful employment. Information for each certificate program for the latest reporting year is available here.
FIN 541 Capital Formation and Corporate Management (3)
In this class students will understand and be able to analyze the appropriate use of methods of capital formation. The Financing of new and growing ventures has, along with most economic activity become global as well as local in scope. Venture Capital firms, Angel Investors, Capital Management Companies, Investment Banks, and other entities now operate everywhere, and their impact on capital formation and corporate management is profound. In addition to describing how these methods of capital formation function, this course will survey the methods used to implement mergers and buyouts when they are adopted as part of a company's strategy. Prerequisites: MBA 535.
FIN 542 Banking and the Movement of Capital (3)
In this course students will learn the role of banking in business development and management. From the use of micro-loans in developing economies, through local and regional service banks, to the role of national and multi-national institutions, students will learn how banks function. Special topics will include investment banks and the function of institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The global flow of capital, in part facilitated through the back offices of global banks, has tied the world's economies. Prerequisites: MBA 540.
FIN 543 Equity Markets and Debt Instrument Management (3)
In this course students will learn how the markets in securities and capital investments work in detail. The course will also describe how securities are valued, how portfolios are managed, and the role of debt instruments such as bonds. Finally, the dynamics of behavioral finance, and its effect on trading and value will be surveyed. The trading of stocks and bonds has become global. The market in equity and debt instruments now is a 24 hour system. This course takes a comprehensive overview look at how markets are organized and how trading occurs. It establishes a framework for understanding how existing markets are established, how trading occurs in them, and how they evolve over time. The skills learners will gain will have profound long tem impacts on their personal lives as well as in their professional responsibilities.
FIN 544 Financial Management of Public and Not-For-Profit Organizations (3)
In this course the student will explore key finance issues in public organizations and not for profit corporations. The broad content will include public sector bonding and levying fees, to the role of philanthropy funding in major Non Governmental Organization [NGO] operations. Different methods of budgeting and accounting from corporate methods will also be presented. The role of finance in the public and not for profit sectors has become central to the stability of the world economy. On the local level, governments and not for profit corporations provide critical services. Internationally, NGOs play major roles in mediating key global problems. Governments financed projects, from the Five Gorges Dam in China, to the new tide regulation project in Venice and to the rebuilding of Port infrastructure in Seattle, have wide ranging local and global impacts. Prerequisites: MBA 535 or applicable prior experience in accounting, MBA 540.
MBA 535 Managerial Accounting (3)
In this course, students learn to analyze different internal management information to make decisions about pricing, inventory procurement, make or buy alternatives, and production volume. They will also learn to develop budgets and analyze performance against their projections. Students' knowledge is applied to create financial statements and forecasts related to their business proposal. Presentation of findings is emphasized.
MBA 540 Strategic Financial Management (3)
This course examines the theory and practice of business finance from a decision-maker's perspective. Using quantitative and qualitative tools, students will recommend company strategy relating to capital structure, sources of short-term and long-term capital, and asset management, based on both internal analyses and the influence of financial markets and institutions. Practical applications will help students understand how financial management supports other components of a firm's overall business strategy. The course explores the different methods of presenting financial information to a range of audiences and the special challenges involved in managing the finances of international firms.