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Finance Graduate Certificate

Manual RojasDeveloping a financial skill set is desired by companies, and it is a skill set that helps companies deliver a sustainable competitive advantage. In this program, students will formulate budgets based on capital requirements, identify capital structure issues, understand cost of capital, learn dividend policy considerations and the market for corporate control. The University of Houston-Downtown has developed an innovative and unique program to refine these skills in professionals.

Who should attend?

The Finance Graduate Certificate is appropriate for individuals pursuing careers in corporate finance which include the areas of business development, forecasting, and prioritizing capital investments guided by mutual consideration of both return on investment and client interests.

Why earn a Graduate Certificate in Finance?

Developing a financial skill set is desired by companies, and it is a skill set that helps companies deliver a sustainable competitive advantage.  You can finish in as fast as 10½ months and you can use the skills you learn today at your office tomorrow.  And should you decide to continue onto your MBA, you can enter the MBA program through our soft start and not have to take the GMAT.


The Finance Graduate Certificate at UHD is industry driven. Corporate executives and leaders have participated in building the program and in recommending the topics that are taught. The curriculum offers five graduate level courses taken in eight-week modules over the span of ten months, offered the same evening each week for the program’s duration. Beginning in fall 2020, courses are also available in an online format. We offer the flexibility and interaction you need and under your control to choose when you need it. Courses include the following:

  • Ethics and Professional Standards
  • Financial Forecasting
  • Capital Markets and Investment Planning
  • Business Development and Communications
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Industry Specific Topics in Finance

Curriculum defined by today’s top executives

This program is designed to be a career. The topics offered in the coursework are designed by top corporate executives who identified critical corporate finance-focused concepts that support better decision-making.

A Results-Oriented Format

The program’s design supports incremental learning. The one-course-at-a-time format does not force students to divide their attention among several courses. Because this ten-month program employs a blended (face-to-face and online) format, time in class is used to focus on application of information being presented. Each class meeting is purposely designed with takeaways that students can immediately incorporate into their work.

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