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Advance your career to the next level As a graduate certificate student, you will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned faculty and accomplished classmates. Among your professors, you’ll find financial experts, consultants, and respected industry leaders. Sitting beside you in the classroom, you’ll find fellow students ready to share their own professional and academic experience. Engage in practical, real-world learning, designed for ambitious professionals like you.

A Focused Curriculum to Target Your Goals

This flexible, part-time program will introduce you to methods of implementing financial strategy by stressing the impact of ethical and legal considerations. You may also choose to examine the financial, managerial, accounting, and legal factors affecting corporate mergers or explore advanced financial risk management.

Each of the classes for your Graduate Certificate in Corporate Finance will help you gain essential business knowledge to develop your career potential. You will take one required course and either three or four elective courses. The minimum required number of courses to earn your certificate is four, however many of our students select to take an additional elective in order to broaden their expertise.

Admissions Pre-requisites
  1. U.S. Bachelor's degree or equivalent with a major in business administration or a related field with a GPA of at least 3.0
  2. 2 years work experience in finance

Graduate Certificate in Corporate Finance Curriculum

Required Course Details

Financial Strategy

Develops financial, analytical, and communication skills necessary to develop and implement a financial strategy consistent with firm value creation in a dynamic environment. Stresses the impact of ethical and legal considerations, global markets, and technological innovation on efficient economic outcomes. Emphasizes written and oral communication skills. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to identify and analyze a firm’s strategic opportunities and propose a suitable financial strategy that is consistent with firm value creation. 

3 credits

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Electives (select 3 or 4) Details

International Finance Management

Develops specific concepts, policies, and techniques for the financial management of the multinational firm. Topics include operation of the foreign exchange markets, foreign exchange risk management, sources and instruments of international financing, foreign direct investment and the management of political risk, multinational capital budgeting, and financing control systems for the multinational firm.

3 credits

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Investment Banking

Discusses policy, strategy, and administration of financial services firms. Topics include issuance of securities, the service function within financial services, pricing a negotiated issue of common stock or competitive bid issue, and meeting capital requirements of a securities firm. 

3 credits

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Mergers and Acquisitions

Explores the environments that have recently given rise to a large number of corporate mergers and the business factors underlying these corporate combinations. Examines the financial, managerial, accounting, and legal factors affecting mergers. Studies how to appraise a potential merger and structure a merger on advantageous terms.

3 credits

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Business Turnarounds

Concentrates on the diagnosis, prescription, and implementation of actions pertinent to business turnarounds, troubled companies, workouts, bankruptcies, and liquidations. Case studies and readings guide the student through the maze of financial, ethical, legal, general business, and strategic aspects of turnarounds, culminating in the student evaluating and developing a turnaround plan.

3 credits

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Valuation and Value Creation

Explores recent developments in financial management and financial analysis through the use of modern finance theory to make capital allocation decisions that lead to long-run value maximization for the corporation. Focuses on applications and financial model building, risk analysis for valuation applications, and business strategies to measure and manage corporate value and value creation. Topics are relevant to value consultants, corporate managers, and securities analysts.

3 credits

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Entrepreneurial Finance

Uses the basic processes, principles, tools, and concepts of finance within the parameters of a small business to develop a complete financial plan. Constructs a comprehensive plan that projects the future circular flow of funds by analyzing and then integrating the impact of both investment decisions (use of funds) and financial decisions (source of funds).

3 credits

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Risk Management and Insurance

Introduces the concepts of risk and risk bearing in the business firm. Topics include risk identification and analysis, measurement of loss possibilities, and the principal methods of managing such contingencies. The focus is broad enough to include some nontraditional areas, such as speculative risk and foreign operations. Discusses insurance in detail as a major method of managing certain types of risks. Emphasis is on aspects that directly relate to the financial management function, such as insurance markets and products, selecting insurers and insurer intermediaries, legal frameworks involved in the transfer of risk to insurers, pricing of insurance contracts, and principles followed by insurers in selecting risks.

3 credits

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Analyzing Financial Statements to Assess Firm Performance, Strategy, and Value

Provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to assess the underlying economic condition and strategic direction of a firm through the analysis of its financial statements using a case-based approach. Identifies potential distortions contained in financial reports using techniques such as operating, financing, and investing cash flow analysis and through the examination of financial statement footnote disclosures. Performance measures are derived that eliminate distortions and improve the quality and comparability of financial information. These measures enable effective firm comparisons to key competitors and historical performance. Forecasted financial statements are utilized to make estimates of firm value. 

3 credits

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Entrepreneurial Finance, Innovation Valuation, and Private Equity

Covers qualitative and quantitative aspects of entrepreneurial finance, such as venture capital and angel financing. Also covers private equity (i.e., buyout/leveraged buyout firms) but in less detail. Introduces students to valuation aspects in entrepreneurial finance, including valuation of startups, using real options to value innovation-intensive firms; valuation in staged financing; etc. Case-work emphasizes the practical aspects of qualitative and quantitative issues related to venture capital financing, entrepreneurship, and innovation from the perspective of the financier and the startup firm. Also covers many issues related to the venture capital industry, such as the limited partnership structure of the venture capital/private equity industry, venture capital term sheets and contracts, exit of portfolio firms, and international investments.

3 credits

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Experiential Learning Opportunities

Building a real-world educational experience with opportunities outside of the classroom is part of our approach to learning at D'Amore-McKim School of Business. Your Graduate Certificate education will not be limited to classroom learning. Opportunities to sharpen your business skills are everywhere. Below, explore just some of the experiential learning opportunities for which you can apply as a student at D’Amore-McKim.

Graduate Finance and Investment Club

Graduate Finance and Investment Club

Dive deep into the different disciplines in the finance industry with like-minded fellow students. You'll have the opportunity to meet with distinguished members of those disciplines, and participate in the annual stock market competition.

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360 Huntington Fund

The 360 Huntington Fund

The 360 Huntington Fund is D’Amore-McKim School of Business’ student-managed mutual fund. Our students manage a half million dollars of the University’s endowment—are you up for the challenge?

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360 Financial Modeling Club

360 Financial Modeling Club

Do you have the skills required to design and create interactive financial models in Excel? Excel skills are crucial in the current job market, and every employer expects incoming professionals to know Excel perfectly. Join us and solidify your financial modeling skills today.

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