Investment Analysis Graduate Certificate

Designed for professionals already working in, or seeking positions in, investment research, risk management, security selection, and portfolio management, the Graduate Certificate in Investment Analysis at Boston University’s Metropolitan College provides in-depth knowledge of investment strategies, asset valuation, and investment management. Graduates of the program will be prepared to excel at a variety of careers in finance involving analysis and valuation of financial assets as well as risk management.

Students will study the overall investment process as well as the key elements involved, such as asset allocation and security selection. They will obtain basic understanding of debt, equity, and derivatives securities such as options and futures contracts. Students will also learn about services provided by mutual funds and be able to construct portfolios with different risk levels.

The certificate in Investment Analysis provides students with an in-depth understanding of systematic and firm-specific risks, and how to reduce firm-specific risk by combining different securities in a portfolio. Additionally, students will study the capital asset pricing model (CAPM) concept; be able to calculate bond prices, accrued interest, promised yields, and realized yields; and understand active bond portfolio management. Moreover, students will learn how to value a firm using constant growth or multistage dividend discount models, financial statements, and financial ratio analysis.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Investment Analysis will be able to demonstrate:

  • Understanding of the overall investment process and the key elements involved in the investment process, such as asset allocation and security selection.
  • Basic understanding of debt, equity, and derivatives securities.
  • Basic understanding of options and futures contracts.
  • Basic understanding of the services provided by mutual funds, and the ability to identify sources of information on investment companies.
  • 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 how one can reduce the amount of firm-specific risk in the portfolio by combining securities with differing patterns of returns.
  • 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.
  • Basic understanding of some of the macroeconomic factors that affect security prices.
  • Familiarity with the roles of fiscal and monetary policy in influencing interest rates and security prices.
  • The ability to value a firm using either a constant growth or multistage dividend discount model and the price/earnings ratio model; the ability to analyze a firm using the basic financial statements to perform ratio analysis.
  • The skills to calculate potential profits resulting from various option trading strategies and to formulate portfolio management strategies to modify the risk-return attributes of the portfolio; the skills to calculate option prices in a two-state world (via a simplified binomial model).
  • Comprehension of market timing, timing performance measures, and the problems that timing causes in performance measurement.

Graduate Certificate in Investment Analysis 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)

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
O1 IND Holmes 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. ]

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

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
O1 IND Chee ARR

Plus 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
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 Staff 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
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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