International Finance Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in International Finance at Boston University’s Metropolitan College is designed for professionals whose work involves multinational corporations and global financial markets. By completing the certificate program, students will be equipped to address corporate questions pertaining to foreign exchange risk, transaction and translation exposure, and corporate strategy and foreign direct investment. Graduates will be qualified for jobs in areas of credit risk evaluation, quantitative security selection, risk measurement and mitigation, cash management, and impact of foreign exchange rates on cost of capital and budgeting.

The International Finance graduate certificate will provide the necessary tools for students to navigate through the multinational financial system, understand international portfolio management, and explore the balance of payments and international economic linkages. Students will be able to specialize in a highly desired area of finance as we witness increased level of cross-border investments and multinational mergers and acquisitions.

Students who complete the certificate should be able to understand multinational financial management; explain the concept of equilibrium exchange rates; differentiate between nominal and real exchange rates; define social, political, cultural, and economic country risks; identify basic factors that determine foreign exchange risk for a company; determine the cost of capital for foreign investments; and describe the risks and advantages of international investing.

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

  • Understanding of multinational financial management.
  • Expertise in the concept of equilibrium exchange rates.
  • Facility in calculating currency appreciations and depreciations.
  • The ability to describe central bank currency interventions.
  • The skills to differentiate between nominal and real exchange rates.
  • The competency to describe the requirements for successful currency forecasting.
  • The knowledge to distinguish between current, financial, and official reserve accounts.
  • The ability to calculate nation’s balance-of-payment.
  • Proficiency in defining social, political, cultural, and economic country risks.
  • Proficiency in defining translation and transaction exposures.
  • Ease in identifying basic factors that determine foreign exchange risk for a company.
  • The ability to determine the cost of capital for foreign investments.
  • Understanding of the risks and advantages of international investing.
  • The knowledge to describe international cash management.

Graduate Certificate in International Finance Program Options

Available on campus and in the following formats:

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)

Prereq: MET AD630, MET AD731
Finance forecasting and planning; capital budgeting, cost of capital, dividend policy, rate of return, and financial aspects of growth. Readings and extensive use of case studies.   [ 4 cr. ]

Spring 2019
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Sullivan M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Fall 2018
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Sullivan CAS 224 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
O2 IND Sullivan ARR

Prereq: MET AD731
Mechanics of securities markets, types of available investments, and an introduction to determination of securities values. Problems of investment policy are approached through studies of portfolio selection methods and the valuation of special classes of securities (e.g., growth stocks).  [ 4 cr. ]

Spring 2019
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
B1 IND Chee T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
D1 IND Chee R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Barazi ARR
Fall 2018
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Holmes FLR 123 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
D1 IND Becker CAS B06A R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Cohen ARR

Prereq: MET AD731
Applies the concepts of corporate finance to the problems of multinational financial management. Major topics include private and public institutions, foreign exchange rates, capital flows, speculation, analysis of alternative foreign investments, analysis of sources and uses of corporate funds abroad, multinational tax and profit planning, international risk analysis, and capital budgeting.   [ 4 cr. ]

Spring 2019
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Visdomini W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Fall 2018
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Visdomini SOC B57 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Plus one of the following:

Prereq: MET AD630, MET AD731
Investigation and analysis of organization, structure, and performance of U.S. money and capital markets, and institutions. Examines regulation of the financial industry and the role of financial instruments.   [ 4 cr. ]

Spring 2019
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Noorian M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
C1 IND W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O2 IND ARR
Fall 2018
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Ahmed PSY B33 M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
D1 IND Ahmed CAS 326 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Prereq: MET AD630, MET AD731
Provides an overview of operation, mechanics, and structure of the derivative markets and covers the concepts of options and futures pricing, arbitrage, and risk management. Emphasizes the theory of risk management and hedging opportunities offered by derivative securities.   [ 4 cr. ]

Spring 2019
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
C1 IND Holmes W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND ARR
Fall 2018
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Holmes CAS 216 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Prereq: MET AD630, MET AD731
This course examines the process by which takeovers and other corporate control transactions take place. Of particular interest will be the defensive measures by management against hostile bids, buyout transactions, the relation of takeovers to capital structure changes, and the insider trading in takeover contests.   [ 4 cr. ]

Spring 2019
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Sullivan T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
D1 IND R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Fall 2018
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Durham MET B02B W 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm

Prereq: MET AD 630, MET AD 731
This course covers the nature and analysis of fixed income securities and an in-depth examination of some of the particular features of some major classes of fixed income instruments, valuation, sensitivity to risks, and management of fixed income portfolios.   [ 4 cr. ]

Spring 2019
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Chee R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O2 IND Chee ARR
Fall 2018
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Chee SOC B63 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
C2 IND Chee FLR 134 W 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm
O1 IND Chee ARR

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