Financial Toolbox (Certificate)

The Master of Science in Finance program at Stuart School of Business, nationally ranked in the United States by TFE 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, as well as earn stackable credentials as part of a degree program.

The Certificate in Financial Toolbox provides:

  • An overview of the primary mathematical methods used in financial economics—precalculus, calculus, and probability and statistics—and how they are applied
  • Statistical and econometric techniques used to analyze financial markets, including topics such as statistical inference, variance analysis, and regression analysis
  • Financial modeling using spreadsheets and programming with Microsoft Excel, SQL, and Python
  • Basic numerical techniques essential to financial modeling and statistical methods, time series, and valuation models most widely used in industry

Certificate students take courses 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 Conviser Law Center in downtown Chicago.

Program Overview

The Certificate in Financial Toolbox provides an overview of mathematical methods used in financial economics, statistical and econometric techniques used to analyze financial markets, financial modeling using spreadsheets and programming with Microsoft Excel and VBA, and basic numerical techniques essential to financial modeling.

Career Opportunities

The Certificate in Financial Toolbox provides professionals with the latest industry-relevant ideas, skills, and technologies targeted to their interests and career paths as financial analysts.

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

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  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (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

Designed for Busy Professionals

Stuart School of Business graduate certificates are:

  • Targeted: Get the specific, career-focused education you need
  • Convenient: Evening courses at Illinois Tech’s Conviser Law Center, located one block west of Union Station and near Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago
  • Flexible: Take one or more courses at a time

Your Certificate Credit Is Stackable

The Certificate in Financial Toolbox is stackable, which means that all nine credit hours automatically apply if you choose to pursue the Illinois Tech M.S. in Finance degree.

Students in this certificate program who later apply and are admitted to a different master’s degree program at Stuart may apply all approved certificate coursework with a grade of B or higher to that 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.

Featured Faculty

Li Cai
Associate Professor of Finance
Sang Baum Kang
Assistant Director, Undergraduate Programs in Business Associate Professor of Finance