Building long-term value in today's global and tech-driven business world requires good financial leadership—and employers need professionals who can make smart decisions quickly in high-pressure environments. In just four or five courses, our Graduate Certificate in Corporate Finance will help you build essential skills for financial decision-making and deepen your knowledge of financial strategy and management.

Program Overview

  • Program Structure: 4–5 courses
  • Class Schedule: Monday–Thursday evenings at 5:20 p.m. and 7:30 p.m
  • Time to Complete: 1 to 3 years

Part-Time Graduate Certificate | Typical Program Timeline

*Course offerings vary per semester.
*Starts in September or January. May be completed at a flexible pace but is usually completed in three semesters.

Unique Features

12 or 15

credits may be applied toward a future MBA

Top 50

among national universities (U.S. News & World Report)

The business learning you need

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  • Advance your knowledge of financial strategy, from business planning and analysis to portfolio management
  • Specialize your studies with electives that are relevant to your goals, such as mergers and acquisitions or entrepreneurial finance
  • Build your confidence and experience through project-based coursework and case studies—key components of Northeastern's practice-oriented approach to learning
  • Access expert career guidance from an experienced counselor at Northeastern's office of Employer Engagement and Career Design
  • Complete your certificate in as few as four courses, with the option for one additional elective to deepen your knowledge
  • Build the foundation for a future master's degree from Northeastern—you may be able to apply your certificate credits toward an eligible master's program

The student experience

“The finance courses are relevant to the current moment, and offer so much more than what a textbook alone can teach you. . . . Starting with the milestone of a graduate certificate, with the option to carry credits forward into a future master's degree, gave me the confidence to get started.”

Admissions

  • English language proficiency: English proficiency, both written and verbal, is necessary for success in D'Amore-McKim classrooms. For more information, review our admissions policies.
  • GMAT Required? No.
  • Where do I apply? Learn more here
  • Interview required? Upon request.
  • Pre-requisite for admission? Undergraduate degree in accounting or finance

Helpful guides

Application Checklist

Need guidance on completing your application? The application checklist provides step-by-step instructions and tips from our admissions team.

Personal Statement Guide

Need guidance in composing the personal statement for your application? The essay guide will help you organize your thoughts and draft your copy.

Part-Time Graduate Certificates

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Tuition

Northeastern Student Financial Services publishes the tuition rates for Graduate Certificates. Under the “Graduate Programs” section, the cost per credit appears next to “D'Amore-McKim School of Business Programs.”

Financial Aid

Northeastern offers resources to help you finance your graduate education, and the Student Financial Services team will guide you through your options. Please visit the Graduate Financial Aid page.

Once you are a student, your financial aid advisor will work with you one-on-one to answer your questions, point you to resources and provide valuable insight as you navigate the financial commitments of your program.

Scholarships

Northeastern University has a variety of scholarships. You may qualify for funding support as an alum, U.S. servicemember, or veteran.

Application Fee Waivers

D'Amore-McKim offers application fee waivers to applicants that meet specific criteria. You can review the policy on the Graduate Application FAQ web page.

The D'Amore-McKim School of Business community stands with our university and its leadership in our dedication to cultivating equity and inclusion for all humankind. Understanding and solving our problems requires constant interaction among people who bring their own diverse contexts and experiences to the conversation. Therefore, we must be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community that values the uniqueness of its members, recognizes the power and importance of diversity in our own and surrounding communities, and ensures their engaged participation.

Graduate Student Clubs  

There are numerous university-wide and D'Amore-McKim-affiliated student groups that you may wish to join, and several are grounded in building inclusive communities and resiliency. Many of our graduate business students participate in the Graduate Students of Color Collective, Grad Q, and Out in Business.

Campus Resources

Participate in community-building programs, lectures, and events offered by Northeastern's cultural centers representing a range of affiliations and interests including the LGBTQA Resource Center, Latinx Student Cultural Center, Asian American Center, Office of Global Services, and many more.

Curriculum

You'll be learning from world-renowned faculty—financial experts, consultants, and respected industry leaders—and you'll study alongside a diverse group of students who will become part of your professional network beyond the program.

Through core coursework and electives, you'll explore the fundamentals of financial strategy through the study of domestic and international markets.  You'll dive into topics such as . . .

  • Value creation
  • Investment banking
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Business turnarounds
  • Risk management
  • Financial ethics

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