Entrepreneurial Finance (Certificate)

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The Master of Science in Finance program at Stuart School of Business, ranked #5 in the U.S. by Financial Times, offers a variety of graduate and post-graduate certificate programs specifically designed for working professionals who want to enhance their specialized expertise to propel their careers forward.

The Certificate in Entrepreneurial Finance focuses on the financial knowledge that entrepreneurs need to launch successful businesses, including business strategies and planning, financial structuring of businesses, sources of capital, and working with investment bankers and venture capitalists. Students have a choice among courses to customize the certificate to fit their interests and career path.

Certificate students take classes alongside degree-seeking students and benefit from the same expert faculty, hands-on approach, and curriculum that is attuned to leading-edge finance practices and technologies.

Convenient for busy professionals, courses are scheduled in the evening at Illinois Tech’s Downtown Campus in Chicago.

Program Overview

The Certificate in Entrepreneurial Finance focuses on the financial knowledge that entrepreneurs need to launch successful businesses. Students have a choice among courses to customize the certificate to fit their interests and career path.

Career Opportunities

The Certificate in Entrepreneurial Finance provides post-graduate finance professionals with the latest industry-relevant ideas, skills, and technologies targeted to the interests and needs of entrepreneurs starting up new businesses.

This certificate includes three semester-length courses (9 credit hours total). Each course meets once a week for 15 weeks. Use the link below for a list of courses and descriptions. 

The Certificate in Entrepreneurial Finance is a post-graduate certificate program designed for applicants who have graduate degrees in business or finance.

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  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5/4.0 (or equivalent)
  • Minimum two years of related work experience
  • Depending on previous academic coursework, the applicant may need to take additional prerequisite courses that may not count toward the certificate

Stuart Certificates in Finance Are:

  • Targeted: Get the specific, career-focused education you need now
  • Convenient: Evening classes at Illinois Tech’s Downtown Campus, located a block west of Union Station
  • Flexible: Take one or more courses at a time

Use Certificate Credit Toward a Master’s Degree

Certificate students who later apply and are admitted to a master’s degree program at Stuart may apply all approved certificate coursework with a grade of B or higher to a master’s degree. A certificate is typically equivalent to one-fourth to one-third of the credit hours required for a degree. Students have the option of transferring to the master’s program in any semester.

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Featured Faculty

Haizhi Wang
Professor of Finance
Nik Rokop
Coleman Foundation Clinical Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship Director, Master of Technological Entrepreneurship