In the Graduate Certificate in Financial Management, learners will develop the necessary skills to support financial resources through capital generation, asset planning, and asset management. They will master theoretical and technical concepts associated with investing in marketable securities including risk-return trade-off, modern portfolio theory with efficient diversification, asset allocation, futures, options, and derivative security markets. Learners will become versed in how to manage return and risk in financial institutions such as commercial banks, savings and loan associations, investment banks, and insurance companies. Learners will explore markets, institutions, laws, regulations, and techniques through which bonds, stocks, and other securities are traded, interest rates are determined, and financial services are produced and delivered worldwide. They will analyze how psychology impacts the decisions and judgments of corporate managers regarding valuation, capital budgeting, real options, capital structure, payouts, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. Learners will apply accounting information in organizational planning, control, and special decision-making.

Quick Facts:

  • Credits required: 18
  • Cost per credit: $545
  • Program length: 1 year (full-time status)

Time to degree completion can be accelerated by taking multiple courses in a term and through credits accepted in transfer.

What you’ll learn

Develop the necessary skills to support financial resources through capital generation, asset planning, and asset management.

Master theoretical and technical concepts associated with investing in marketable securities including risk-return trade-off, modern portfolio theory with efficient diversification, asset allocation, futures, options, and derivative security markets.

Manage return and risk in financial institutions such as commercial banks, savings and loan associations, investment banks, and insurance companies.

Explore markets, institutions, laws, regulations, and techniques through which bonds, stocks, and other securities are traded, interest rates are determined, and financial services are produced and delivered worldwide.

Analyze how psychology impacts the decisions and judgments of corporate managers regarding valuation, capital budgeting, real options, capital structure, payouts, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions.

Apply accounting information in organizational planning, control, and special decision-making.

Career Outcomes

Opportunities in the following areas:

Accounting and Finance

Finance, General

Banking and Financial Support Services

Financial Planning and Services

Certificate in Financial Management Requirements

Certificate Requirements Credits
Required Courses (6) 18
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR THE CBFM 18

Courses + Credits

CalSouthern’s Certificate in Financial Management is an 18-credit program comprised of the following six (6) required courses:

Required Courses

  • FIN 86505  Corporate Finance — 3-credits
  • FIN 87513  Investment Management — 3-credits
  • FIN 87514  Financial Institutions — 3-credits
  • FIN 87516  Capital Markets — 3-credits
  • FIN 87518  Behavioral Corporate Finance — 3-credits
  • MGT 86512 Managerial Accounting for Decision Making — 3-credits

Download the University Catalog for full course descriptions, prerequisite information, and program details.

At CalSouthern, you are not alone. The University has very competent mentors that are readily available, quite helpful, and very supportive for online learners like us. In the same way, the University’s academic support team is equally available whenever help is needed, and our dean has personally demonstrated to me a commitment to help you succeed.

– Omari Gekombe, School of Business and Management

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Contact us to learn more about our online Certificate in Financial Management program.

Call us at: 1.800.477.2254 | Email: admissions@calsouthern.edu

Accreditation & Approvals

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California Southern University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), which is one of six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Regional accreditation is the most highly respected and recognized form of accreditation in the United States, and it provides students with a number of important benefits and opportunities. www.wscuc.org

California Southern University’s Bachelor, Master, and Doctor in Business Administration are accredited through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). www.acbsp.org

Please visit the Accreditation & Licensure page to learn more.

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