Fundamentals of Finance (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.

The Fundamentals of Finance certificate includes a survey of asset pricing theory using Excel spreadsheet modeling to explore the relationship between macroeconomic conditions and investment opportunities, a foundation for understanding the price and risk management of derivative securities using mathematical tools in stochastic processes, and financial statement analysis that compares U.S. practices to those in other major countries.

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.

Program Overview

The Fundamentals of Finance certificate includes a survey of asset pricing theory, a foundation course covering the price and risk management of derivative securities, and a financial statement analysis course that compares practices in the United States and other major countries.

Career Opportunities

The Fundamentals of Finance certificate 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. View MSF course descriptions.

Required courses:

MSF 504—Valuation and Portfolio Management
MSF 505—Futures, Options, and OTC Derivatives
MSF 506—Financial Statement Analysis

  • 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)
  • Completion of MSF 501 and MSF 502 and MSF 503 OR equivalent as demonstrated by coursework in calculus, python programming, basic statistics and general finance.

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Designed for Busy Professionals

Stuart School of Business Certificates in Finance Aare:

  • 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 in Chicago
  • Flexible: Take one or more courses at a time

Use Your Certificate Credit Toward a Master’s Degree

Certificate program 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.

Featured Faculty

Tao Wu
Associate Professor of Finance
Michael Rybak
Clinical Associate Professor of Finance