Trading (Certificate)

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The Master of Science in Finance program at Stuart School of Business, ranked #5 in the United States 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 Trading includes courses covering algorithmic trading systems through advanced programming for real-time financial applications and automated trading systems, the development of high-frequency trading models and assessment of their performance, foreign exchange market strategies, and the latest equity trading strategies used by large banks, brokerages, and hedge funds.

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 Certificate in Trading includes courses covering algorithmic trading systems, the development of high-frequency trading models and assessment of their performance, foreign exchange market strategies, and the latest equity trading strategies used by large banks, brokerages, and hedge funds.

Career Opportunities

The Certificate in Trading provides post-graduate finance professionals with the latest industry-relevant ideas, skills, and technologies targeted to their interests and career paths in financial programming, automated trading systems, high-frequency trading, equity trading, and foreign exchange trading.

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 Trading 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 GPA 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

Stuart School of Business 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 in Chicago
  • 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

Benjamin Van Vliet
Associate Professor of Finance Director, Center for Strategic Finance
John Bilson
John and Mae Calamos Stuart School of Business Dean Endowed Chair Director, M.S. in Finance Professor of Finance