Graduate Certificate in Finance
REQUIRED CREDITS: 15
LOCATIONS and START DATES: Online: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Is this graduate Finance certificate program for me?If you're looking for an opportunity to build upon your expertise in finance, or want to refresh your skills within the industy, this Finance certificate program is a great fit, especially for those who wish to pursue a management career. It also can be a great stepping stone to a graduate program if you haven't yet earned a graduate degree but have an undergraduate degree. The Graduate Certificate in Finance is an online certificate program. While you earn your certificate online, you'll still have access to all CityU's great resources on "Blackboard" - our virtual classroom. Use this program to log in to get assignments, discuss topics with your classmates, collaborate on projects and check your grades. Basically, everything you do in class but without the commute. With online education, you can advance your career without taking time away from responsibilities.
What will I learn in the graduate Finance certificate program?You'll put theories into action and develop skills that you can use to solve real-world challenges. Some of the topics this program covers include:
What can I do with my graduate certificate in Finance?With a graduate certificate in Finance, you'll have plenty of options. In a small company you could step into a senior financial role. In a medium-sized company you could compete for advancement through mid-level positions of corporate finance. In a large company or government agency you could work as a financial project manager or budget analyst. We'll help you develop those vital skills.
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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 or applicable prior experience in accounting.
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 535 or applicable prior experience in accounting.
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. Prerequisites: MBA 535 or applicable prior experience in accounting.
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.
In this course, you will study the theory and practice of business finance from a decision-maker's perspective. Using quantitative and qualitative tools, you 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 you understand how financial management supports other components of a firm's overall business strategy. You will explore the different methods of presenting financial information to a range of audiences. You will also learn the special challenges involved in managing the finances of international firms. Prerequisite: MBA 535 or applicable prior experience in accounting.