Finance Certificate Online

Acquire the knowledge and tools needed to provide effective solutions to the financial challenges faced by all organizations.

Apply by: 8/12/24
Start classes: 8/26/24
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Program Overview

Update your skillset with our online Finance Certificate

Total Tuition: $11,820
Program Duration: As few as 9 months
Credit Hours: 12*

Make a worthwhile investment in your career with the online Finance Certificate from La Salle University. Increase your understanding of financial concepts that impact consumers and corporations while strengthening your analytical skills and gaining exposure to global financial issues.

Develop the critical thinking skills to become an effective financial decision-maker as you cover a broad range of finance topics from data analytics and risk management perspectives. Sharpen your financial expertise as you examine modern financial markets, including commercial banks, finance companies, securities firms, investment banks, mutual funds and hedge funds. Designed to increase your credentials quickly and cost effectively, this AACSB-accredited, 100 percent online program is financial aid eligible. Coursework can also be applied toward a master’s degree.

Graduates of the online Finance Certificate will:

  • Develop knowledge and skills concerning financial analysis, reporting and markets
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the financial position of for-profit organizations through the examination of financial information contained in balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements and footnotes, as well as information gathered from other sources such as public filings, business news publications and websites
  • Apply your learning to enable stakeholders (management, shareholders, creditors, etc.) to understand a firm’s progress in maximizing its value to stakeholders
  • Develop knowledge and skills concerning financial analysis, reporting and markets
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the financial position of for-profit organizations through the examination of financial information contained in balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements and footnotes, as well as information gathered from other sources such as public filings, business news publications and websites
  • Apply your learning to enable stakeholders (management, shareholders, creditors, etc.) to understand a firm’s progress in maximizing its value to stakeholders

Explore a variety of management roles, including:

  • Finance Manager
  • Securities Analyst
  • Financial or Budget Analyst
  • Accountant
  • Revenue or Purchasing Manager
  • Business or Management Analyst
  • Finance Manager
  • Securities Analyst
  • Financial or Budget Analyst
  • Accountant
  • Revenue or Purchasing Manager
  • Business or Management Analyst

Online business programs also available:

La Salle University offers a variety of specialized business programs. Check out all of our business online programs.

Total Tuition: $11,820
Program Duration: As few as 9 months
Credit Hours: 12*

Accreditation:

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The La Salle University School of Business is accredited by AACSB International (AACSB). Less than 6 percent of the world's schools offering business degree programs hold AACSB business accreditation.

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Tuition

Take advantage of tuition that is flexible and affordable

Our Finance Certificate online program offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition which is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All program and course fees are included in the total tuition cost.

Tuition breakdown:

Total Tuition: $11,820
Per Credit Hour: $985

Tuition breakdown:

Total Tuition: $11,820
Per Credit Hour: $985

Calendar

Choose a start date and secure your spot

La Salle University online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

Now enrolling:

Next Apply Date: 8/12/24
Next Class Start Date: 8/26/24
TermStart DateApp DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineClass End DateTerm Length
Summer I5/20/245/6/245/10/245/10/245/16/247/14/248 weeks
Fall I8/26/248/12/248/16/248/16/248/22/2410/20/248 weeks
Fall II10/21/2410/7/2410/11/2410/11/2410/17/2412/15/248 weeks
Spring I1/13/2512/30/241/3/251/3/251/9/253/8/258 weeks
Spring II3/10/252/24/252/28/252/28/253/6/255/8/258 weeks

Now enrolling:

Next Apply Date: 8/12/24
Next Class Start Date: 8/26/24

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Admissions

Know what you need to apply to our Finance Certificate online

Applications for the Finance Certificate are evaluated on a holistic basis. The Admissions Committee takes into account interest, aptitude and potential for achievement in graduate studies. The requirements include:

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • GMAT waiver available
  • Professional resume detailing professional experience

This program adheres to the accreditation standards established by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Prior to evaluation by the Admissions Committee, applicants must submit the following:

  • A completed application
  • Transcript(s) from the college/university where you earned your bachelor's degree and, if applicable, master’s degree. You will be notified if you need to submit additional transcripts for advising purposes.
  • Professional resume
  • The GMAT/GRE requirement may be waived based upon an applicant’s academic and professional background

Documentation can be sent via email to [email protected]. If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

La Salle University
Office of Adult Enrollment
Box 112
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141

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Courses

Quality coursework—the foundation of our online Finance Certificate program

For the Finance Certificate online, the curriculum is comprised of a maximum of four courses (12 credit hours)—depending on prior academic and professional experience.

These courses may be required prior to enrolling in your Graduate Business Specialization Certificate. Consult with your program advisor regarding pre-requisites. Please note: One of the four required courses could be waived if the student has an undergraduate major in that discipline. If a waiver is granted, one 700-level elective is required for certificate completion.

Duration: 8 weeks
The course shows how the techniques of marketing management can be used to attract and satisfy customers while building long-term business profitability. Topics include (1) market, consumer and competitive analysis; (2) segmentation, targeting and positioning; (3) product development, pricing, promotion and distribution; and (4) marketing strategy and planning.
Duration: 8 weeks
This course focuses on the firm's management accounting system as its primary information system. It examines the problems of cost measurement, planning, coordination, control and performance evaluation. It explores how accounting systems address business problems and evolve in response to the changing economic environment. The course will relate ethical and global issues to managerial accounting topics. Students will explore and analyze real-world data and apply their gained knowledge to contemporary managerial accounting problems and cases. Prerequisite: MBA 601, MBA 602 or equivalent course work.
Duration: 8 weeks
This is a survey course focusing on how managers can construct a decision-making process that maximizes the value of the firm. Because the majority of financial decisions require an estimate of future events, considerable time will be spent investigating how to achieve the above objectives, subject to the constraints of an uncertain future. Outside readings, case studies, and text material will be used to integrate current financial theory with pragmatic financial decision making. A working knowledge of the basic concepts in finance, accounting and statistics is assumed. The use of an electronic spreadsheet is needed for homework assignments and case analysis. Prerequisite: MBA 601, MBA 602 or equivalent course work.
Duration: 8 weeks
This course introduces students to the growing field of business analytics. Business analytics is the use of data, information technology, statistical analysis, and quantitative methods and models to support effective organizational problem solving and informed decision making. The course includes methods, tools and techniques for summarizing and visualizing historical data, which is relevant to descriptive analytics–the use of data to find out what has happened in the past or is currently happening; methods, tools and techniques for extracting information from existing data in order to determine patterns, which is relevant to predictive analytics–the use of data to find out what will happen in the future; and methods, tools and techniques for optimization, which is relevant to prescriptive analytics - the use of data to determine the best course of action in the future. Prerequisite: MBA 601, MBA 602 or equivalent course work.

Please note: Foundational coursework may be required. Please consult with your program advisor.

Duration: 8 weeks
This course covers a broad overview of finance topics from a data analytics perspective. Students will learn the ins and outs of applied data analysis and a conceptual framework for thinking about data from both a statistical and machine-learning perspective with applications in finance. Students will learn to understand and apply concepts like capturing and analyzing new sources of financial data, building predictive models, and running simulations of market events, using concepts of data analysis and probability in investment science, risk management, valuations, rates of return and profitability analysis. The course aims to provide a theoretical and practical framework in which students will be challenged to solve real-world problems in the finance field and gain familiarity with commonly used stochastic models.
Duration: 8 weeks
This course provides an examination of modern financial markets. Specifically, we discuss the largest financial intermediaries including commercial banks, finance companies, securities firms, investment banks, mutual funds and hedge funds with a focus on balance sheet structures, regulation and current issues and trends. We also examine various financial instruments, derivatives and off-balance sheet activities that are useful from a risk-management perspective within the industry. Prerequisite: MBA 692.
Duration: 8 weeks
The course focuses on current practice and recent theoretical developments. It deals with the characteristics of individual securities and portfolios, criteria and models for alternative portfolio composition, criteria for evaluation and measurement of performance, and the impact of government regulation. The evaluation of current theory, its significance for the financial management decision making, and the consideration of relevant empirical evidence are covered. Prerequisite: MBA 692.
Duration: 8 weeks
Current developments in global financial markets and instruments from the perspective of firm management. Topics include an overview of foreign security markets, trends in foreign exchange risk management, and the impact of international debt on multinational firms. Prerequisite: MBA 692.

*Students without pre-requisite foundation courses may require additional credits.

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