Investments (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 Certificate in Investments covers the characteristics, valuation, and risk management of fixed income instruments, development of the primary quantitative tools used in the portfolio selection process that features an emphasis on moving from a data set of historical information to the formulation of models, and exploration of commodities and managed futures.

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 Downtown Campus.

Program Overview

The Certificate in Investments covers the characteristics, valuation, and risk management of fixed income instruments, an overview and development of quantitative tools used in portfolio selection, and an exploration of commodities and managed futures.

Career Opportunities

The Certificate in Investments provides post-graduate finance professionals with the latest industry-relevant ideas, skills, and technologies targeted to their interests and career paths in investments.

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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 Investments Certificate 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 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 Certificates in Finance Are:

  • Targeted: Get the specific, career-focused education you need
  • 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 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

Ricky Cooper
Director, Ph.D. in Finance Director, M.S. in Finance Director, M.S. in Financial Economics Associate Professor of Finance
Michael Rybak
Clinical Associate Professor of Finance