Learn the fundamentals of corporate financial strategy—at a flexible pace
The Part-Time Graduate Certificate in Corporate Finance—designed for working professionals in the Boston area—can help you build a deeper understanding of how companies finance value creation, growth, and acquisition.
As you’re learning, you’ll set the pace. Evening classes run Monday through Thursday, and you can choose from 5:20 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. class times. You can finish in as little as one year, or if you need to go slower in order to accommodate your work and family commitments, you can finish your certificate over a longer period of up to three years.
Tailor your curriculum to your needs
Your coursework will focus on developing and implementing financial strategies in today’s dynamic and complex business environment. You’ll select three or four electives that align closely with your professional goals, choosing from topics such as financial management for multinational firms, investment banking, or entrepreneurial finance.
The Graduate Certificate in Corporate Finance is a great way to gain finance skills you can use immediately and also pave the way toward a future master’s degree, including the Part-Time MBA.
Develops financial, analytical, and communication skills necessary to develop and implement a financial strategy consistent with firm value creation in a dynamic environment. Stresses the impact of ethical and legal considerations, global markets, and technological innovation on efficient economic outcomes. Emphasizes written and oral communication skills. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to identify and analyze a firm’s strategic opportunities and propose a suitable financial strategy that is consistent with firm value creation.
FINA 6205 | 3 credits
Complete 3 or 4 electives from the following
Develops specific concepts, policies, and techniques for the financial management of the multinational firm. Topics include operation of the foreign exchange markets, foreign exchange risk management, sources and instruments of international financing, foreign direct investment and the management of political risk, multinational capital budgeting, and financing control systems for the multinational firm.
FINA 6204 | 3 credits
Discusses policy, strategy, and administration of financial services firms. Topics include issuance of securities, the service function within financial services, pricing a negotiated issue of common stock or competitive bid issue, and meeting capital requirements of a securities firm.
FINA 6213 | 3 credits
Explores the environments that have recently given rise to a large number of corporate mergers and the business factors underlying these corporate combinations. Examines the financial, managerial, accounting, and legal factors affecting mergers. Studies how to appraise a potential merger and structure a merger on advantageous terms.
FINA 6214 | 3 credits
Concentrates on the diagnosis, prescription, and implementation of actions pertinent to business turnarounds, troubled companies, workouts, bankruptcies, and liquidations. Case studies and readings guide the student through the maze of financial, ethical, legal, general business, and strategic aspects of turnarounds, culminating in the student evaluating and developing a turnaround plan.
FINA 6215 | 3 credits
Explores recent developments in financial management and financial analysis through the use of modern finance theory to make capital allocation decisions that lead to long-run value maximization for the corporation. Focuses on applications and financial model building, risk analysis for valuation applications, and business strategies to measure and manage corporate value and value creation. Topics are relevant to value consultants, corporate managers, and securities analysts.
FINA 6216 | 3 credits
Uses the basic processes, principles, tools, and concepts of finance within the parameters of a small business to develop a complete financial plan. Constructs a comprehensive plan that projects the future circular flow of funds by analyzing and then integrating the impact of both investment decisions (use of funds) and financial decisions (source of funds).
FINA 6221 | 3 credits
Introduces the concepts of risk and risk bearing in the business firm. Topics include risk identification and analysis, measurement of loss possibilities, and the principal methods of managing such contingencies. The focus is broad enough to include some nontraditional areas, such as speculative risk and foreign operations. Discusses insurance in detail as a major method of managing certain types of risks. Emphasis is on aspects that directly relate to the financial management function, such as insurance markets and products, selecting insurers and insurer intermediaries, legal frameworks involved in the transfer of risk to insurers, pricing of insurance contracts, and principles followed by insurers in selecting risks.
FINA 6222 | 3 credits
Provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to assess the underlying economic condition and strategic direction of a firm through the analysis of its financial statements using a case-based approach. Identifies potential distortions contained in financial reports using techniques such as operating, financing, and investing cash flow analysis and through the examination of financial statement footnote disclosures. Performance measures are derived that eliminate distortions and improve the quality and comparability of financial information. These measures enable effective firm comparisons to key competitors and historical performance. Forecasted financial statements are utilized to make estimates of firm value.
ACCT 6210 | 3 credits
Covers qualitative and quantitative aspects of entrepreneurial finance, such as venture capital and angel financing. Also covers private equity (i.e., buyout/leveraged buyout firms) but in less detail. Introduces students to valuation aspects in entrepreneurial finance, including valuation of startups, using real options to value innovation-intensive firms; valuation in staged financing; etc. Case-work emphasizes the practical aspects of qualitative and quantitative issues related to venture capital financing, entrepreneurship, and innovation from the perspective of the financier and the startup firm. Also covers many issues related to the venture capital industry, such as the limited partnership structure of the venture capital/private equity industry, venture capital term sheets and contracts, exit of portfolio firms, and international investments.
FINA 6260 | 3 credits
The curriculum is subject to change by D’Amore-McKim faculty. Course offerings may vary by semester.