Corporate Finance Graduate Certificate

Available online or on campus, the Graduate Certificate in Corporate Finance at Boston University’s Metropolitan College is designed for students and/or professionals currently working in, or seeking a career in, the corporate finance field. The curriculum provides a concise set of essential skills for understanding modern corporations, ensuring that students receive a strong foundation in corporate financial theory and acquire the quantitative skills needed to understand the process behind financial decision-making by corporations. After completing the certificate, students will be prepared for positions in areas such as budgeting, project evaluation, international financing, and short-term investing of corporate funds.

The field of corporate finance is regarded as one of the most competitive fields within finance. This certificate program will enable students to acquire the foundational knowledge and tools needed for corporate financial analysis and capital budgeting. This professional graduate certificate offers a unique opportunity to develop students’ analytical skills and critical thinking abilities through hands-on coursework and real-world case studies.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Corporate Finance will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to analyze financial statements and financial models.
  • Skill in performing discounted cash flow analysis and valuation.
  • Expertise in calculating net present values and internal rates of return.
  • Understanding of investment rules and the ability to make capital investment decisions.
  • Proficiency in risk analysis and capital budgeting.
  • Understanding of the capital structure of the firm.
  • The ability to use econometric methods to analyze financial data.
  • The knowledge to analyze industry trends, regulations, and finance system participants.
  • Comprehension of the significance and importance of ethical behavior in all aspects of business.
  • The capacity to investigate and analyze how changing regulatory environment in the U.S. and abroad impacts finance.

Graduate Certificate in Corporate Finance Program Options

Available on campus and in the following formats:

  • Online
  • Blended: By combining the convenience of online study and the dynamic of face-to-face learning, the blended format provides added flexibility and new avenues of opportunity for those with demanding schedules.

Individuals considering using graduate certificate courses toward the MS in Financial Management (MSFM) must:

  • Apply to the MSFM program prior to completing two courses
  • Recognize that grades earned in certificate courses will not be used in the admission decision process
  • Meet the department’s academic admission requirements

Prerequisites

Prior to starting a certificate course, students are required to submit a certificate application and evidence of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution (or the international equivalent).

A 3.0 GPA is required for certificate award, and no course with a grade below B– may be credited toward the certificate.

Courses

(Four courses/16 credits)

Introduction to the concepts, methods, and problems of financial and managerial accounting. Includes data accumulation, accounting principles, financial statement analysis, measurement and disclosure issues, cost analysis, budgeting and control, production costs, and standard costs.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Barskaya CGS 323 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
D1 IND Barskaya CGS 527 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
D2 IND Sumani SHA 206 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Simches ARR

Financial Regulation and Ethics is a course designed to thoroughly review the important topics of financial regulations, policies, and ethics. The course will explore an overview of the financial systems, their history, problems, and issues for the purpose of understanding the enactment of regulations as a method to protect the financial systems and investors. Also, regulators and their authority will be identified, both domestically and internationally.

Ethics, an extremely important aspect of finance will be discussed and explored. Ethics is a difficult topic to define and can be impacted by social norms. During the ethics portion of the course, students will study where ethics have failed and caused major issues for the financial marketplace and individual companies.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Vodenska LAW 204 W 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm
C2 IND Handly EPC 206 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Finance is a highly competitive and dynamic industry that demands quantitative oriented professionals. Therefore, this course will equip students with the empirical techniques which are mostly used in the analysis of financial markets with strong focus in financial applications using actual data.

This goal of this course is to provide students with a number of econometric techniques which are mostly used in the analysis of financial markets based on asset pricing and corporate finance models. In particular, the emphasis will be on classical linear regression models, time series analysis, and limited dependent variable models applied to the following topics: predictability of asset returns; event study analysis; econometric tests of the CAPM and multifactor models; volatility modelling, etc.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Julio KCB 104 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
B2 IND Julio FLR 266 T 9:00 am – 11:45 am

Emphasizes issues of accounting, finance, and economics that are important in most management contexts. Stresses understanding financial statements, planning and control, cost and benefit evaluation, cash flow analysis, and capital budgeting.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Noorian CAS B25B M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
B1 IND Ahmed MCS B33 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
C1 IND Englander CAS 208 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Barazi ARR

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