Online Investment Analysis Graduate Certificate

Designed for professionals already working in, or seeking positions in, investment research, risk management, security selection, and portfolio management, the online 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.

Why Choose BU’s Graduate Certificate in Investment Analysis?

  • 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 Investment Analysis 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 Investment Analysis consists of four required courses (16 credits).

(Four courses/16 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]

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]

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]

Plus one of the following:

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]

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]

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]

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]

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