Online International Finance Graduate Certificate

The online 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.

Why Choose BU’s Graduate Certificate in International Finance?

  • Boston University certificate programs comprise just four courses (16 credits) and provide essential skills and capabilities in high-growth industry areas. Certificate programs also provide a pathway to Metropolitan College management degree programs.
  • The International Finance certificate program offers the flexibility of online, on-campus, or blended study formats, ensuring that students can earn their credential the way that suits them the best.
  • Learning from expert faculty from MET’s Department of Administrative Sciences, students will gain the insights, critical thinking, and analytical skills needed to solve problems in today’s changing business landscape.
  • Online certificate programs share courses and instructors with MET’s master’s degree programs in management, ranked #9 among the nation’s Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA) by U.S. News & World Report in 2018.

Career Outlook

Financial Managers

7% increase in jobs through 2024

$117,990 median annual pay in 2015


6% increase in jobs through 2024

$99,180 median annual pay in 2015

Financial Analysts

12% increase in jobs through 2024

$80,310 median annual pay in 2015

Financial Examiners

10% increase in jobs through 2024

$78,010 median annual pay in 2015

Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents

10% increase in jobs through 2024

$71,550 median annual pay in 2015

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Money Matters

Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) offers competitive tuition rates that meet the needs of part-time students seeking an affordable education. These rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education. To learn more about current tuition rates, visit the MET website.

Financial Assistance

Comprehensive financial assistance services are available at MET, including graduate assistantships (up to $4,200 per semester), scholarships, graduate loans, and payment plans. There is no cost to apply for financial assistance, and you may qualify for a student loan regardless of your income. Learn more.


Boston University’s online Graduate Certificate in International Finance consists of four required courses (16 credits).

(Four courses/16 credits)

METAD709 Case Studies in Current Corporate Financial Topics

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 credits]

METAD717 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management

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 credits]

METAD763 Multinational Finance and Trade

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 credits]

Plus one of the following:

METAD712 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 credits]

METAD713 Derivative Securities and Markets

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 credits]

METAD714 Mergers and Acquisitions

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 credits]

METAD719 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 credits]

Getting Started

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