Program at a Glance

  • Online and On Campus
  • Part-Time Study
  • 16 Credits
  • 8–12 Months to Completion
  • 7 Core Faculty
  • No GRE/GMAT
  • Tuition & Fees—Part-Time Study*: $15,720

*Based on 2024–2025 Boston University tuition and fees.

Specialize in Multinational Financial Management

Offered online and on campus, the Graduate Certificate in International Finance at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) is designed for professionals whose work involves multinational corporations and global financial markets. The curriculum will equip you to address corporate questions pertaining to foreign exchange risk, transaction and translation exposure, and corporate strategy and foreign direct investment. As a graduate of BU MET’s International Finance certificate program, you 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 provides the tools to navigate through the multinational financial system, understand international portfolio management, and explore the balance of payments and international economic linkages. The certificate offers specialization in a highly desired area of finance, as we witness increased level of cross-border investments and multinational mergers and acquisitions.

By completing this program in International Finance, you 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.

The International Finance 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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Why Earn a Graduate Certificate in International Finance 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 International Finance 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 International Finance 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 International Finance graduate certificate will equip you with:

  • 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.

Certificate-to-Degree Pathway

BU MET graduate certificate programs can serve as building blocks to a master’s degree. The Graduate Certificate in International Finance shares specific courses with the Master of Science in Financial Management concentration in International Finance. Students currently enrolled in a graduate certificate who are interested in transitioning into a master’s degree should contact their academic advisor to declare their interest in this pathway. A new master’s degree application is not required. Connect with a graduate admissions advisor at adsadmissions@bu.edu to learn more about this option.

Courses

(Four courses/16 credits)

Plus one of the following:


Financial Management Faculty

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Competitive Tuition

Our part-time rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education.

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Comprehensive Financial Assistance

Our services include scholarships, graduate loans, and payment plans.

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BU MET programs offer the flexibility of part-time study, either on campus or online. Tuition, fees, and total program cost are determined by enrollment status. Course enrollment in this certificate program is 1–2 courses (4–8 credits) in a semester, and tuition is charged the part-time per-credit rate.

International Finance Graduate Certificate (Online and On Campus)

Enrollment Status Part Time
Courses per Semester 2 courses
(8 credits)
Time to Degree 2 semesters
(8 months)
Tuition* $550-$975
per credit**
Fees per Semester* $60
Total Degree Cost* $15,720

*Based on 2024-2025 Boston University tuition & fee rates.
**Cost per credit is determined by course number (100–599 = $550/credit, 600–999 = $975/credit).

Questions? Please contact us to hear from an Admissions Advisor who can help you determine the best enrollment pathway. For information regarding financial aid, visit BU MET’s Financial Aid page.

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