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Investment Management Graduate Certificate

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Sophisticated financial knowledge is a necessity in today's competitive, business environment. Currently, opportunities for students and professionals to obtain such a skill set are extremely limited. In this program, students will analyze a variety of financial securities and learn how to effectively design and manage investment portfolios. Students will gain skills to analyze a variety of complex financial tools including derivatives, common stocks, and futures. The University of Houston – Downtown worked directly with investment management leaders from top organizations who participated in the development and design of a dynamic program.

Who should attend?

The investment management graduate certificate is appropriate for individuals pursuing careers in a variety of fields including investment banking, asset management and wealth management because it focuses on developing relevant skills related to the financial services sector.

Why earn a Graduate Certificate in Investment Management?

In this concentration, students will design investment portfolios capturing the broad knowledge of the capital markets, institutions, financial products and analytical tools used in the valuation of financial instruments. 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 Investment Management Graduate Certificate at UHD is industry driven. Corporate executives and leaders have built the program and guided the topics that are taught. The curriculum offers five graduate-level courses taken in eight-week modules over the span of 10½ 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 and Behavior Finance
  • Capital Markets and Investment Planning
  • Communication for Finance Professionals
  • Investment Management Statistics
  • Industry Specific Topics in Investment Management

Curriculum defined by today's top executives

The topics offered in the coursework are designed by top corporate executives for those students interested in the analytical details of valuing financial instruments.

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.