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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, portfolio managers, 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 further your analytical knowledge and lay the groundwork to perform managerial tasks related to the management and operations of mutual funds. You may choose to explore topics like: reconsideration of the fund’s investment policy statement and asset allocation plan, preparation of accounting statements, compliance issues, ethical concerns, or measuring and managing risk.

Each of the classes for your Graduate Certificate in Mutual Fund Management will help you gain essential business knowledge to develop your career potential. There is one pre-requisite course that you may waive if you completed a Bachelors in business administration or a related field. If you enroll in the pre-requisite course, then you will select 3-4 courses from the list below. If you have already fulfilled the prerequisite requirement, you will select 4-5 courses from the list below. 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 Mutual Fund Management Curriculum

Prerequisite Course* Details

Value Creation through Financial Decision Making

Highlights the role of financial management as a source of value creation in a competitive global environment characterized by rapid technological, personal, and market changes. Offers students an opportunity to develop tools and techniques of financial analysis and valuation to support financial decision making. Presents future managers with actual business problems to learn to apply the tools of financial analysis to strategic decisions faced by the firm, such as capital budgeting and capital structure.

3 credits

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*This course may be waived if you completed a Bachelors in business administration or a related field.

Required Courses (Select 3 or 4) Details

Analysis of Financial Institutions and Markets

Introduces the domestic and international financial system and the institutions within it. Develops data and quantitative analysis tools utilized for economic and financial modeling and analysis. Emphasis is on regression analysis and its application, including how to build and interpret statistical models. Topics include the major types of financial institutions that operate within the global economy and the financial instruments employed by them; how exchange rates, interests rates, and security prices are determined and how they affect the global economy; and how governments and central banks impact economic and financial conditions.  

3 credits

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Investment Analysis

Familiarizes students with domestic and international financial markets and the securities traded therein. Discusses a variety of techniques for valuation of financial assets and relies heavily on quantitative methods. Critically analyzes such qualitative concepts as market efficiency, intrinsic value, and risk. The contents of this course, descriptive, theoretical, and applied, should provide students with the ability to build unique valuation models to suit the particular investment alternative they wish to scrutinize. Also provides students with an understanding of how investment theory and investment practice relate. 

3 credits

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Fixed Income Securities and Risk

Exposes students to theory, applications, and evidence concerning highly sensitive interest rate products. Discusses recent developments in pension fund management, asset/liability management, duration matching, “gap” management, concurrent interest rate and exchange rate management, and other important issues now confronting domestic and international financial and corporate management. Studies how to customize a risk management program.  

3 credits

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Portfolio Management

Develops portfolio construction, revision, and performance measurement. Highlights portfolio construction in an efficient capital market. Topics include risk-return analysis, the effects of diversification on risk reduction, and the costs of inflation, taxes, and transaction costs on fixed income and equity security portfolios. Examines financial models of capital asset pricing as the basis for the analysis of portfolios from the institutional investor’s viewpoint. 

3 credits

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Fund Management for Analysts

Introduces a variety of operating documents typical to an active mutual fund. Offers students an opportunity to apply lessons from investment and portfolio management classes by presenting investment recommendations to a panel and communicating with peers in a thoughtful and forceful manner. Investment decisions are made based on student analysis and recommendations that include knowledge of macroeconomic expectations, corporate financing issues, dept-repayment concerns, and employee and technological changes.

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Fund Management for Managers

Builds on FINA 6360. Designed to provide students further analytical knowledge, including exposure to and opportunity to perform managerial tasks related to the management and operation of mutual funds. Included in these tasks are reconsideration of the fund’s investment policy statement and asset allocation plan as well as preparation of accounting statements, dealing with compliance issues, addressing ethical concerns, measuring and managing risk, and performing marketing and fund-raising activities.

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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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