Graduate Certificate in Finance

Maximize your value.

The graduate certificate program in finance at UD’s Lerner College allows working professionals like you to go beyond the numbers and master the concepts and methods that practicing financial professionals use to maximize the value of their firms.

You’ll take the same courses offered in the Lerner MBA and learn how to understand and conduct cash flow valuation and capital budgeting; portfolio management; and financing with debt, equity and hybrids. You’ll learn how to apply financial modeling tools to value various assets and transactions including IPOs, mergers, private equity transactions, leveraged buyouts and others.

Program Highlights

  • Learn specialized skills in finance from leading faculty
  • Complete the program in as little as one year
  • Take MBA-level coursework and earn credits toward the Lerner MBA
  • Build a professional network in a collaborative academic environment
  • Work with an MBA advisor to select appropriate courses

Program Requirements

Maintain a 3.0 GPA to be awarded the certificate.

Courses (12 credits)
Prerequisite (3 credits)
ACCT 600 – Financial Reporting and Analysis
(Does not count into the 12 credits for the certificate. May be waived based on prior coursework.)

Required (3 credits)
FINC 650 – Financial Management

Any 3 FINC courses (9 credits) beyond FINC 650, including:
FINC 651 – Corporate Financial Analysis
FINC 652 – Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
FINC 616 – Derivative Securities & Risk Management
FINC 615 – International Finance
FINC 662 –Fixed Income Securities

STEM OPT Program

This STEM-designated degree program provides international students 24 months of OPT (Optional Practical Training) in addition to the original 12 months.

Continue to a Graduate Degree

Completion of the certificate may earn up to 12 credits toward the Lerner MBA or the M.S. in finance. To pursue either graduate degree, apply for admission to your preferred program upon completion of the certificate program.

Learn More

To learn more about this program, contact us at or (302) 831-2221.

Admissions Information

Learn more about the graduate certificate admissions requirements, deadlines and tuition.

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