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Certificate in Finance Online Graduate Program

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Register By: July 01 Classes Start: July 03

Earn a Finance Certificate Online

  • $627 per credit for 21 credits
  • Develop key finance industry knowledge and skills
  • Complete program in as few as 6 months
  • 24/7 access to coursework
  • Supplement your BS degree with a graduate certificate
  • Upskill to help you kick off your career – or take it further

Online Graduate Finance Certificate Program Overview

Invest in your future and master essential concepts, theories and practices in finance and accounting by earning your Graduate Certificate in Finance online at Southern New Hampshire University.

Whether you're an experienced finance practitioner looking for professional development courses or someone interested in taking the first step toward a rewarding career in finance, the online finance certificate can help position you for success.

The Graduate Certificate in Finance online incorporates techniques and technology used by finance professionals today. With topics ranging from financial decision-making to capital investment, the finance certificate will help you build marketable, in-demand skills employers want to see.

Learn how to:

  • Assess investment opportunities
  • Manage an investment portfolio
  • Use mathematical and statistical tools to help inform decision-making

Career Outlook

As a supplement to an undergraduate degree, a finance graduate certificate can help open doors to new career opportunities.

If you're pursuing an online MBA, or other Master of Science program, adding this certificate will provide a focused study in finance theory. This can help position you for management positions in the financial services industry, including jobs in corporations, insurance companies, banks, investment firms and government agencies.

Employment opportunities for financial analysts and managers are on the rise thanks to new financial regulations and technology.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of financial analysts is projected to grow 9% through 2031.1 Jobs for financial managers are expected to grow 17% through 2031 – much faster than the national average for all occupations.1

Plus, those with the Graduate Certificate in Finance will have completed courses that can be transferred to our online Master's in Finance program. This means, if you elect to continue on to a full master's degree, you'll already have completed about half the required coursework – saving you time and tuition.

Continuing your education to an MS in Finance could help position you for future success. The program curriculum is aligned with the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst®) Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK).

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As Dr. Zuzana Buzzell, associate dean of business at SNHU, explains: "[The Chartered Financial Analyst® distinction] is one of the most coveted financial designations in the world."

Our MS in Finance is also one of only about 150 accredited programs around the world that counts toward eligibility for the AFA Accredited Financial Analyst® by Global Academy of Finance and Management. Upon completion of your master's, you can apply for this designation.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Finance Certificate

Courses & Curriculum

This 7-course (21-credit) certificate program is designed to help you focus your studies in finance. Whether you're looking to supplement your bachelor's with a finance specialization, or transition into an advanced degree program, these courses can help you get where you want to go.

Each course dives deeper into a different area of finance or accounting. Cost Accounting, for example, explores accounting systems that record, classify and report cost data. These systems are designed to help for-profit and non-profit organizations operate in a cost-effective manner.

Similarly, Corporate Financial Management takes a closer look at finance practices in relation to business operations. You'll specifically analyze investments, capital structure and re-structuring, budgeting, financial markets, and policy and portfolio management – all from a corporate lens.

Short-Term Financial Management, meanwhile, covers traditional working capital topics, including liquidity analysis and management, inventory, and receivables and payables management.

Capital Budgeting and Financing takes it a step further. This course begins by exploring advanced topics in capital investment, including determination of cash flows and capital budgeting. From there, you'll learn about topics of capital financing and structure, including financial leverage, financing sources, dividend policy, cost of capital and valuation.

Next, Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management identifies key techniques used to assess the value of securities and the methods used in the management of investment portfolios. Here, you'll learn more about stocks and bonds, including how they're valued, how to measure risk-return and diversification.

Finally, Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making surveys the mathematical, probabilistic and statistical tools you can use in the operation and management of industrial organizations.

Please note that foundational finance courses may be required, depending on your undergraduate coursework.

Tuition & Fees

At SNHU, we’re committed to making education more accessible, by making it more affordable.

Beyond low tuition rates, we help our students save through transfer credits, credit for prior learning, grants and scholarships, tuition assistance and more. U.S. service members, both full and part time, as well as the spouses of those on active duty are also eligible for a 25% tuition discount.

This certificate is not eligible for federal financial aid. Students seeking alternatives to federal financial aid can explore tuition assistance, grants and scholarships, as well as private loans. To learn more about private loans, visit our Funding Your Education with Student Loans page.

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 15 credits 
Degree/Certificates $1,881 $627 $9,405 
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)*
$1,410 $470 $7,050 

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
 *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs:
No Application Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

This certificate is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Student achievement data can be found on College Navigator.

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