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  • Program Overview

    Advanced Graduate Certificate in Finance

    The 18-credit Advanced Graduate Certificate (AGC) in Finance prepares students for careers in financial management, including financial analysis, portfolio management, investment banking and corporate financial associate positions. The curriculum places an emphasis on developing financial analytical skills. It offers in-depth knowledge of the principles and techniques of finance and accounting needed to understand how corporate financial objectives are developed, measured and reported, as well as the central issues in government regulation, taxation and financial reporting. 

    The AGC in Finance is a part-time program designed for working professionals. All courses are scheduled in the evening, and several of them are offered completely online.

    University Badges
    As they progress through the program, AGC students may earn University Badges — digital credentials that recognize the knowledge and skills developed by successfully completing two-course sequences in specialized areas (see details). The University Badge may be displayed on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter profiles, and added to a resume to bring visibility to your achievement.

    MBA Program
    Certificate students may choose to pursue admission into the University's MBA in Finance program, which has a separate application and additional admissions requirements. Students interested in the MBA program must apply prior to completing 12 credits in the certificate program. Acceptance into the MBA program is not guaranteed, but certificate credits are transferable into the MBA program.

    Financial Aid Information
    This advanced graduate certificate program is eligible for financial aid. View the federally mandated Gainful Employment Disclosure Information.

  • Admissions

    AGC in Finance Admissions

    A. Personal statement. 

    B. A bachelor’s degree, with a cumulative 3.0 grade point average.

    C. Resume.

    D. 3 letters of recommendation

    E. A GMAT exam is required for applicants who have less than a 3.2 cumulative undergraduate GPA. We will accept the GRE in lieu of the GMAT. A GMAT waiver may be considered for applicants earning below a 3.2 if they have significant and relevant work experience. This will be determined through a resume review and letters of recommendation.

    F. In those cases where the departmental admissions committee deems it desirable, personal interviews with departmental representatives may be necessary.

  • Degree Requirements

    Finance Certificate Requirements

    The curriculum consists of 18 credits (6 courses; 3 credits each). Students complete two required courses and choose elective courses that explore the broad frontier of modern finance.

    Required Courses

    • MBA 502 Finance
    • MBA 504 Financial Accounting

    Electives (Choose any 4 courses listed below)

    • FIN 525 Portfolio Management
    • FIN 536 Financial Management
    • FIN 539 Investment Analysis
    • FIN 545 Capital Markets and Financial Institutions
    • FIN 552 Mergers & Acquisitions
    • FIN 576 Real Estate Finance

    Time to Completion

    All certificate requirements must be completed within three (3) years from the semester date of admission as a matriculated student unless the student is also matriculated in a master's degree program. Master's students have five (5) years to complete the certificate requirements.

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  • Faculty

    Finance Faculty

    Courses in the AGC in Finance program are taught by full-time and adjunct faculty appointed by the College of Business.

    Brusco, Sandro, Professor, Economics

    Frey, Robert J., Research Professor

    Holod, Dmytro, Associate Dean; Associate Professor, Finance

    Danling Jiang, Associate Professor, Finance

    Kim, Aaron, Assistant Professor, Finance

    Liu, Ting, Assistant Professor, Economics

    Nugent, Michael, Lecturer, Finance; Finance Certificate Program Director

    Palermo, Mark, Lecturer, Management

    Stoyanov, Stoyan, Research Professor, Finance

    Tauman, Yair, Professor, Economics

    Torna, Gokhan, Assistant Professor, Finance

    Xiao, Keli, Assistant Professor, Finance

    Zhou, Yiyi, Assistant Professor, Economics

    Adjunct Faculty

    Thomas Tallerico

  • Contact


    Finance Program Director
    Dmytro Holod, Harriman 321, 631-632-7183,

    Finance Certificate Program Director
    Michael Nugent, Harriman Hall 331, (631) 632-7478,

    Degree Awarded
    MBA in Finance; MS in Finance

    Certificate Awarded
    The Finance program is part of the School of Professional Development. Program and admissions information can be found at

    Gainful Employment Regulation Disclosures for Finance Certificate.