Graduate Certificate Programs in Finance

  • Graduate certificate program in Corporate Finance
  • Graduate certificate program in Financial Modeling
  • Graduate certificate program in Financial Risk Management
  • Graduate certificate program in Investment Management

Graduate certificates in finance are designed for individuals who are looking for a skill set in specific areas of finance. Whether you are a recent college graduate who is considering a graduate degree or seeking a career in finance, a master’s degree holder who wishes to tack on a specialization or an established professional looking to update your credentials and expand your expertise, these certificates are designed to meet your needs.

Curriculum Grid: Each Certificate Requires 4 Courses**

Course Number 

Course Title 

Corporate Finance 

Financial Modeling 

Financial Risk Mgmt 

Investment Mgmt 

ACCTG 512

Financial Theory and Reporting Problems

Required*

BUSAD 525

Quantitative Methods in Finance

 Required

Required

Required

FIN 505
Prerequisite:FIN 531 or equivalent

Multinational Managerial Finance

Elective

FIN 531
Prerequisite: ACCTG 512, ACCTG 511 or equivalent 

Financial Management

Required*

Required*

FIN 508
Prerequisite:  FIN 531 or equivalent 

Analysis of Financial Markets

Required

Required

FIN 513
Prerequisite:  FIN 508 or equivalent 

Speculative Markets

Required

BUSAD 526
Prerequisite:  FIN 531, BUSAD 525, or equivalent 

Advanced Corporate Finance (financial modeling)

Required

Required

Required

FIN 532
Prerequisite:  FIN 513 or equivalent 

Real Options and Capital Budgeting

Required

BUSAD 528
Prerequisite:  BUSAD 526 or equivalent 

Mergers and Acquisitions

ACCTG 524
Prerequisite:  ACCTG 512, ACCTG 511, or equivalent 

Managerial Accounting

BUSAD 527
Prerequisite: FIN 513 or equivalent 

Fixed Income Securities

Elective

Elective

FIN 506
Prerequisite:  FIN 531 or equivalent 

Portfolio Theory and Policy

Elective

BUSAD 585
Prerequisite:  BUSAD 526 or equivalent 

Research in Security Valuation

Required

Each certificate requires four courses (12 credits). Courses are each 3 credits and may be applied to the Master of Finance or MBA if admitted as a degree-seeking student. Courses are offered in convenient, seven-week sessions and with hybrid-delivery options.

*Students who have completed equivalent coursework may waive and replace in consultation with their advisor.
**Depending on prior preparation, students may need to complete course prerequistes as indicated.


If you are ready to proceed to the application but have NOT read the Graduate School requirements, please visit that website at
http://www.gradschool.psu.edu/index.cfm/prospective-students/requirements/.

If you have read the Graduate School and program requirements and are ready to apply, you may proceed to the application at http://www.gradschool.psu.edu/index.cfm/apply/.

 To apply:

  • Complete application at http://www.gradschool.psu.edu/index.cfm/apply/. Choose Certificate Admission. Select your certificate choice in the pull-down menu.
  • Upload to the online application:
  • Submit non-refundable application fee, payable by credit card online or by check or money order payable to The Pennsylvania State University (more information)
  • Submit two official transcripts from undergraduate institution (more information).  Transcripts should be sent directly from each college or university you have attended to the Penn State Great Valley Admissions Office, Attention: JoAnn Kelly, 30 E. Swedesford Rd, Malvern, PA 19355. Your admission will be reviewed after your application portfolio is complete. For admissions questions, contact Pat Misselwitz at pum1@psu.edu or 610-648-3242.

Current Penn State graduate students in all programs are also welcome to enroll in the certificate.  To apply, visit http://www.gradschool.psu.edu/index.cfm/apply/ and choose Certificate Admission.