Financial Management Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Financial Management at Boston University’s Metropolitan College is designed to provide leaders and managers throughout an organization with essential skills for making intelligent business decisions. By taking the required courses for the certificate, students will receive a strong foundation in financial theory, acquire technical skills for developing analytical approaches, and improve critical thinking abilities through hands-on coursework and real-world case studies. Available on campus and online, the Financial Management certificate is designed for professionals currently working 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. After completing the certificate, students will be qualified for positions in cash management, capital budgeting, and risk management.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Financial Management will be able to demonstrate:

  • 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.

Graduate Certificate in Financial Management Program Options

Available on campus and in the following format:

  • 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


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.


(Four courses/16 credits)

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. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Noorian CAS 204A M 6:30 pm – 9:15 pm
D1 IND Ahmed CAS 204A R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Sullivan ARR

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. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Sullivan PHO 205 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

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. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Chee CAS 428 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
D1 IND Chee PHO 205 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Barazi ARR

And one of the following:

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. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Sullivan CAS 324 M 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. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Holmes CGS 527 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
C2 IND Holmes FLR 123 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. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Chee CAS B06A W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

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. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Visdomini CAS B25B W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

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