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Develop Your Expertise to Advance in Your Finance Career

City University of Seattle’s Graduate Certificate in Finance provides a comprehensive overview of business finance for those looking to add to their accounting skill set or bring their previous knowledge up to date. All of our courses are fully accredited, which means you’ll earn credit toward a master’s degree. If you have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, you can apply to this program. Because of the rigor of the certificate, applicable prior experience in accounting or an additional accounting course may be necessary before beginning.

The finance certificate is offered completely online and class sizes are kept small so you’ll get individual attention, even at home. The program can be completed in as little as one year.

The graduate certificate in finance is an online program that covers usable topics, including: financing (examine the theory and practice of business finance from a decision-maker’s perspective); banking (assessing a bank’s stability and services); investing (establishing and managing a portfolio of stocks, bonds, and other investments); and trading (preparing stock sales for a publicly traded company or initial public offering). CityU’s finance certificate utilizes a faculty of active financial experts to reach beyond theories so you can develop the skills to face real, on-the-job challenges.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the Graduate Certificate in Finance program, you’ll learn:

  • To analyze the appropriate use of methods of capital formation
  • The role of banking in business development and management
  • How markets are organized and how trading occurs
  • Key finance issues in public organizations and not-for-profit corporations
  • Analyze internal management information to make decisions
  • Theory and practice of business finance from a decision-maker's perspective

Total Required Credits (12 Credits)

For full course descriptions please visit the 2020–2021 Course Catalog. 

Required Courses

FIN 551 Quantitative Methods and Economics for Finance (3)

FIN 553 Capital Management and Fixed Income (3)

FIN 555 Equity, Derivatives, and Alternatives (3)

FIN 557 Ethics and Portfolio Management (3)

This certificate in finance is an excellent way to enhance your current skill set and develop as a finance professional. Certification will give you a competitive edge in the workforce.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
  • Work as a financial project manager or budget analyst in a large company or government agency

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.


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Founded in 1973, City University of Seattle offers over 60 on-site and online programs designed for busy working adults like you. When you enroll at CityU, you’ll have the support of a community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are dedicated to helping you finish your degree and reach your goals.


CityU is recognized as a Top 10 educator of adults nationwide.1 In fact, students complete their degrees at twice the national rate.2


Develop marketable, real-world skills in courses taught by faculty who are practitioners working in your field.


Expand your expertise and your global perspectives in on-site and online courses with students from around the world.


Network with alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies, including Boeing, Starbucks, Amazon, and Microsoft.