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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. Acceptance into the MBA program is not guaranteed, but all 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. 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.

  • Facilities
  • Faculty

    Finance Faculty

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


    Full-time Faculty

    Brusco, Sandro , Professor, Economics

    Focardi, Sergio , Visiting Professor, Finance

    Frey, Robert J. , Research Professor

    Holod, Dmytro , Associate Dean; Associate Professor, Finance

    Kim, Aaron , Assistant Professor, Finance

    Liu, Ting , Assistant Professor, Economics

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

    Palermo, Mark , Lecturer, Management

    Rachev, Svetlozar (Zari) , Professor, Finance

    Smith, Noah , Assistant Professor, Finance

    Stoyanov, Stoyan , Research Professor, Finance

    Tauman, Yair , Professor, Economics

    Torna, Gokhan , Assistant Professor, Finance

    Xiao, Keli , Assistant Professor, Finance

    Zeisberger, Stefan , Assistant Professor, Finance; Director, Center for Behavioral Finance

    Zhou, Yiyi , Assistant Professor, Economics


    Adjunct Faculty

    Mark Bhasin

    Vincent Giardini

    Cara Marshall

    Lee Rosner

    Thomas Tallerico

  • Contact


    Finance Program Director, Finance Program Director
    Michael Nugent, Harriman Hall 315, (631) 632-7478,

    Assistant Director, College of Business Programs
    Erica Robey, Harriman Hall 109, (631) 632-7171,

    Degree Awarded
    MBA in Finance; MS in Finance

    Certificate Awarded
    Advanced Graduate Certificate in Finance

    Gainful Employment Regulation Disclosures for Finance Certificate.


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