Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance Online

Gain an edge in today’s competitive organized markets with an insider’s perspective on managerial finance and the timing, instruments and choices available to financial investors.

Apply by: 1/4/22
Start class: 1/18/22

Program Overview

Learn more about the UIS Online Applied Finance Certificate

Total Tuition $6,067.20*
Duration As few as 6 months
Credit Hours 12

Designed to build your background in finance, the online Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance from the University of Illinois Springfield offers you a flexible pathway to increase your financial prowess—and your career opportunities.

The 100 percent online coursework for this Applied Finance Certificate is led by world-class faculty who teach you practical application of insights and tools, including how to use Telemet and Stock-Trak. Grow your understanding of investment networks, financial forecasting, capital budgeting, leverage and valuation as well as regulatory issues in the financial environment. Additionally, you can customize your online graduate certificate by choosing from three courses for a focus on financial markets and institutions, personal financial planning or financial analytics and budgeting.

Graduates of the online Applied Finance Certificate will:

  • Gain knowledge on the history, evolution and basic concepts central to the financial service industry, financial market environment and professional ethics
  • Develop strengths in the design and decision-making of financial operations, capital budgeting and planning and risk management
  • Learn how to use Telemet and Stock-Trak simulations software
  • Gain knowledge on the history, evolution and basic concepts central to the financial service industry, financial market environment and professional ethics
  • Develop strengths in the design and decision-making of financial operations, capital budgeting and planning and risk management
  • Learn how to use Telemet and Stock-Trak simulations software

Career opportunities:

  • Actuary
  • Credit Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Investment Banker
  • Stockbroker
  • Economic Consultant
  • Compensation and Benefits Manager
  • Financial Controller
  • Actuary
  • Credit Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Investment Banker
  • Stockbroker
  • Economic Consultant
  • Compensation and Benefits Manager
  • Financial Controller

Note: Students in the online certificate program are not eligible to participate in the GPSI/GA programs or to use University of Illinois Employee/Child of Employee Tuition Waivers.

Accreditation

The College of Business and Management at the University of Illinois Springfield is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Fewer than 6% of business schools worldwide have earned this symbol of the highest standard in management education.

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UIS offers a variety of graduate certificate programs. Check out all our online graduate certificates.

Total Tuition $6,067.20*
Duration As few as 6 months
Credit Hours 12

Accreditation

The College of Business and Management at the University of Illinois Springfield is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Fewer than 6% of business schools worldwide have earned this symbol of the highest standard in management education.

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Tuition

Affordable tuition to enhance your ROI

Earn a world-class education for less than you’d expect. Our pay-by-the-course tuition fits easily into your budget.

*Total cost is estimated at $1,516.80 per course based on a semester fee schedule. Students in the online MBA are not eligible to participate in the GPSI/GA programs or to use University of Illinois Employee/Child of Employee Tuition Waivers.

Tuition breakdown:

Total Tuition $6,067.20*
Per Credit Hour $505.60
*Total cost is estimated at $1,516.80 per course based on a semester fee schedule. Students in the online MBA are not eligible to participate in the GPSI/GA programs or to use University of Illinois Employee/Child of Employee Tuition Waivers.

Tuition breakdown:

Total Tuition $6,067.20*
Per Credit Hour $505.60

Calendar

Note important dates for this flexible online program

Designed for working professionals, UIS Online programs feature multiple start dates per year, so you can begin at the time that best fits your schedule and complete your certificate quickly.

Now enrolling:

Next Apply Date 1/4/22
Next Class Start Date 1/18/22
TermStart DateApp DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineClass End DateTerm Length
Spring 2022-1st Half1/18/221/4/221/11/221/13/221/17/223/12/228 weeks
Spring 2022-2nd Half3/21/223/7/223/14/223/16/223/20/225/14/228 weeks
Summer 2022-1st Half6/6/225/23/225/30/226/1/226/5/227/30/228 weeks
Fall 2022-1st Half8/19/228/5/228/16/228/18/228 weeks

Now enrolling:

Next Apply Date 1/4/22
Next Class Start Date 1/18/22

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Admissions

Getting started on your UIS Online Applied Finance Certificate program

We’ve streamlined our admission process to save you time and effort. Just follow these simple steps to apply.

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts
  • No GMAT required

Applicants to the UIS Online Applied Finance Certificate must meet one of the following requirements for admission.

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. No GMAT required for 2.5 GPA or higher.
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a 2.0 – 2.49 GPA and/or waiving of gateway prerequisites will be considered with two years of substantial experience and responsibility in a field related to the area of study, as documented by a current resume.

Courses

Explore the insights you will gain in our online Applied Finance Certificate courses

For the online Applied Finance Certificate program, you must complete four courses totaling 12 credit hours. You may complete prerequisite courses ACCT 311 or ECO 315 concurrently with certificate coursework, as advised. The use of a Windows-based PC is preferred for this program.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Concepts and variables include those used in financial analysis, planning, and control. Topics include financial forecasting, capital budgeting, leverage, valuation, cost of capital market and related legal/ethical issues.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Course offers a perspective on the timing, instruments, and choices available to financial investors. Shows the investment network that facilitates the efforts of individual investors, security analysts, portfolio managers and the organized markets. Current regulations and investor safeguards are also reviewed. Prerequisite: FIN 502
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on the financing of new ventures beginning from the start-up stage to IPO stage. Emphasis is placed on the choice of financing to the entrepreneur in addition to the details of venture capital financing for the perspective of venture capitalists. Topics include: working capital and cash flow objectives, valuation methods, risk adoption, and risk dispersion.
Students must take one of the following:
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course evaluates US and international financial markets and institutions. Students will learn to conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis of financial market structures, and management decision-making in the financial industry. There is a focus on estimating the valuation of FIs in market environment, applying value-based management into FI operations, and controlling risk that might jeopardize market values of financial assets. Prerequisite: FIN 502
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Students will develop skills for making comprehensive financial plans in accordance with individual and household financial objectives that include return expectations, risk tolerance, and liquidity needs. Learn to design, implement and monitor decisions in personal financial plans.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Students will develop the skills to process data, model and analyze financial topics. Covered topics include financial statement analysis, valuation, forecasting, and budgeting preparation based on analytics results. Course uses applied software programs such as Excel to produce 3-statement integration, sensitivity and scenario analysis, Monte Carlo simulation and other financial spreadsheet models.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Students will evaluate psychological effects on financial decision making. This course introduces principles and develops skillsets that are needed for financial planning, financial coaching, and financial therapy.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Students will develop skills in technical analysis (TA) of market trends, trader psychology, and investment planning. This course reviews the TA methodology and investor crowd psychology. It evaluates the effects of human emotions, market mood and cognitive errors on asset trading behaviors.
Required based on admission standing
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
For students whose objectives are to develop an understanding of uses of accounting information for planning, control, and decision making. Emphasizes accounting processes and measurements, significance and limitations of financial statements, and managerial accounting concepts and applications.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Essential micro and macroeconomic concepts as they apply to administrative decisions. Principal theories and analysis of efficient resource allocation as related to economic decisions of individuals, public and private organizations, and society.
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