Program at a Glance
- Online and On Campus
- Part-Time Study
- 16 Credits
- 9 Months to Completion
- 7 Core Faculty
- No GRE/GMAT
- Tuition & Fees—Part-Time Study*: $15,400
*Based on 2023–2024 Boston University tuition and fees. Merit scholarship may reduce cost.
Build a Foundation in Financial Management
Available online or on campus, the Graduate Certificate in Financial Management at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) is designed to provide leaders and managers throughout an organization with essential skills for making intelligent business decisions. Professionals in the financial services industry and those who are responsible for making financial decisions—as well as for students who are interested in a financial services career— who complete the program will be qualified for positions in cash management, capital budgeting, and risk management.
By taking the required courses for BU MET’s Financial Management graduate certificate, you will receive a strong foundation in financial theory, acquire technical skills for developing analytical approaches, and improve your critical thinking abilities through hands-on coursework and real-world case studies.
The Financial Management certificate is excellent preparation for the internationally recognized Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) Program exams, and shares courses with BU MET’s MS in Financial Management, which is part of the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program.
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“From the start, I wanted a school in Boston to further study business, and BU attracted me a lot, not only because of its reputation and culture but also because we had a lot in common, for example, the school color ‘scarlet’ is exactly my name: Scarlett!
When I carefully researched the courses that the MET Financial Management program required, Quantitative Methods for Finance (MET AD 685) and Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management (MET AD 717) are two courses I was interested in since I wanted to know more about quant and portfolio techniques.
I knew that such practical core courses and a diverse general elective curriculum would benefit me both academically and professionally. Later, my expectations were confirmed. I did have access to more advanced knowledge about the industry through abundant academic resources like our brilliant professors. Also, the various certificate programs that MET provides gave me opportunities to learn interdisciplinary subjects that helped me put financial theories into practice.”—Sijia “Scarlett” Hao, Founder, Youth Today
Why Earn a Graduate Certificate in Financial Management at BU?
- Active Learning Environment: BU MET’s Financial Management program focuses on practical, hands-on education, ensuring you are immersed in all aspects of financial management and related research—education you can apply on the job.
- Engaged Faculty: In BU MET’s Financial Management master’s program, you benefit from working closely with highly qualified faculty who draw from active research and substantial professional achievements in areas such as international finance, financial analysis, portfolio management, systemic risk analysis, investment analysis, mergers and acquisitions, economics, financial markets and institutions, and more.
- Extensive Network: Study principles of finance alongside peers with solid business experience, learn from faculty who have valuable business contacts, and benefit from an alumni community with strong professional connections.
- Exam Preparation: The Financial Management curriculum provides excellent preparation for the CFA Program exams. BU MET’s MS in Financial Management is part of the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program.
- Complimentary Analytics Labs: Two levels of self-paced analytics laboratories offer access to advanced tools and provide opportunities to hone analytics skills using cases that are populated with realistic data.
- 15:1 Class Ratio: Enjoy an exceptional student-to-instructor ratio, ensuring close interaction with faculty and access to support.
- Valuable Resources: Make use of Boston University’s extensive resources, including the Center for Career Development, Educational Resource Center, Fitness & Recreation Center, IT Help Centers, Mugar Memorial Library, Center for Antiracist Research, Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, George Sherman Union, and many others.
- Flexible Options: Study at the pace that works for you, evenings on campus or fully online. Courses begin fall, spring, and summer; online courses have two starts per term.
- Track Record: Learn from the best—since 2014, BU MET’s part-time master’s programs in business and management have been ranked among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
Master the Concepts of Global Finance
The Graduate Certificate in Financial Management and the MS in Financial Management (MSFM) are available through the Department of Administrative Sciences, which offers a variety of evening and online degrees and certificates to help you remain competitive in business and management and rise to the top of your field. Focusing on providing industry-specific programs that are innovative, scholarly, challenging, interdisciplinary, and practically focused, our mission is to produce critical and innovative thinkers—broad in perspective, international in attitude, skilled in communications—who are competent, capable, and comfortable in their ability to make strategic decisions either alone or in teams, and practiced in using the tools necessary to compete in their specialization. We prepare students to succeed in a global environment, within a professional and ethical framework.
Graduate with Expertise
Metropolitan College’s Financial Management graduate certificate will equip you with:
- Expertise in how financial markets function, including the major participants, procedures for assessing and pricing risk, and market roles in the allocation of credit to various financial sectors.
- Comprehension of the goals and functions of financial management.
- Skills in financial analysis and planning, working capital management, and the capital budgeting process.
- Knowledge of long-term financing.
- Proficiency in the overall investment process and the key elements involved in the investment process such as asset allocation and security selection.
- Understanding of debt, equity, and derivatives securities.
- The ability to construct portfolios of different risk levels, given information about risk-free rates and returns on risky assets.
- Full understanding of systematic and firm-specific risk, and portfolio diversification.
- Insight on the concept and usage of the capital asset pricing model (CAPM).
- Experience with the calculation of bond prices including accrued interest, promised yields, and realized yields.
- Competence with active bond portfolio management.
- Familiarity with how to analyze a firm using the basic financial statements to perform ratio analysis.
- Understanding of mergers and acquisitions through the case study methodology.
BU MET graduate certificate programs can serve as building blocks to a master’s degree. The Graduate Certificate in Financial Management shares specific courses with the MS in Financial Management. To be eligible for the degree, you must apply for admission and be accepted into the degree program. Consult with a graduate admissions advisor to learn more about these options.
Graduate Certificate in Financial Management Curriculum
(Four courses/16 credits)
MET AD 712 Financial Markets and Institutions
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. ]
|SA1||IND||Ahmed||SCI 115||TR||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Noorian||MCS B37||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A2||IND||Ahmed||CAS 214||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET AD 714 Mergers and Acquisitions
Prereq: MET AD630, MET AD731
This course examines the corporate valuation process by which takeovers and other corporate control transactions take place. It includes financial forecasting, based on expectation models, scenario analysis, and due diligence. 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. ]
|SB1||IND||Sullivan||MET 122||MW||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Sullivan||EPC 206||T||9:00 am – 11:45 am|
|A2||IND||Sullivan||KCB 104||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET AD 717 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
Prereq AD 630, AD731
This course develops a framework for understanding the various types of financial decision making faced by financial managers and provides students with analytical tools for evaluating portfolio construction and management problems in a systematic manner. Includes analysis and determination of securities values. Problems of investment policy are approached through studies of portfolio selection methods and the valuation of special classes of securities. It offers quantitative strategies for portfolio diversification and risk management. [ 4 cr. ]
|SA1||IND||Chee||HAR 211||MW||1:00 pm – 4:30 pm|
|SB1||IND||McLaughlin||CAS 426||TR||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|A1||IND||McLaughlin||STH B20||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A2||IND||Becker||CAS 229||R||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
And one of the following:
MET AD 709 Case Studies in Current Corporate Financial Topics
Prereq: MET AD630, MET AD731
This course involves utilizing analytical methods for financial forecasting, cost of capital calculation, rate of return analysis, use of derivatives instruments, business growth management, discounted cash flow analysis, corporate valuation, mergers & acquisitions, and evaluation of bankruptcy proceedings. [ 4 cr. ]
|SB1||IND||Zafiropoulos||FLR 123||TR||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Lipiner||STH B22||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET AD 713 Derivative Securities and Markets
Prereq: MET AD630, MET AD731
Provides an overview of operation, mechanics, and structure of the derivative markets and covers in-depth quantitative valuation of derivative instruments, such as options, futures, and swaps. The course involves risk analysis including risk arbitrage, and risk management. Emphasizes the theory and practice of derivatives-based trading strategies including hedging opportunities for risk mitigation. [ 4 cr. ]
|SA1||IND||Holmes||CDS 262||TR||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Holmes||STH B22||W||2:30 pm – 5:15 pm|
|A2||IND||Holmes||CAS 229||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET AD 719 Fixed Income Analysis
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. ]
|SA1||IND||Chee||HAR 211||MW||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Lee||COM 217||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A2||IND||Chee||SHA 201||F||11:15 am – 2:00 pm|
MET AD 763 Multinational Finance and Trade
Prereqs: AD 630, AD731
Applies the concepts of corporate finance and risk mitigation to the problems of multinational financial management. Major topics include foreign exchange risk, and construction of hedging strategies using derivative instruments such as forwards, futures, and swaps to reduce multinational corporate risk. Addresses international financial flows and their impact on foreign exchange rates, capital flows, speculation, analysis of alternative foreign investments, analysis of sources and uses of corporate funds abroad, multinational tax and profit. [ 4 cr. ]
|SB1||IND||Sherman||FLR 123||MW||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Sherman||CAS 208||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
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