Certificate in Finance Curriculum

Course Requirements
Business Core 15 crs
ACC111 Financial Accounting


Financial Accounting - 3 Credits

This course is for the student to learn about accounting as an information development and communications function that supports economic decision-making. The course will help students perform financial analysis; derive and assess information for personal or organizational decisions; and understand business, governmental, and other organizational entities.

3 crs.
ECO201 Macroeconomics


Macroeconomics - 3 Credits

This course examines the fundamental analytical structure of a macro economy and familiarizes students with the problems of employment, inflation, interest rates, and business cycles. Topics include the determination of income and output, the role of fiscal and monetary policy, and the interaction of an economy with the rest of the world within a global framework.

3 crs.
ECO202 Microeconomics


Microeconomics - 3 Credits

This course familiarizes students with the decision-making processes of individual economic units such as households, firms, and industries, and their interrelationships. Topics include the nature and framework of the forces of supply and demand, household behavior, and consumer choice; the behavior of the firm under different industrial structures, resource allocation, and income distribution; and international trade and comparative advantage.

3 crs.
ECO303 Money and Banking


Money and Banking - 3 Credits

The course studies the process of financial intermediation in the economy and is primarily focused on the role of money and banking. Topics include the nature of commercial banks and the scope of their operations, the relationship between the banking sector and the other sectors of an economy, the role of the Federal Reserve, and the international financial linkages of an economy.

Prerequisite: ECO201.

    Prerequisite: ECO201
3 crs.
MGT105 Principles of Management


Principles of Management - 3 Credits

This course is an introduction to the principles of management examining their application in public and private, profit and non-profit organizations. Students will explore the areas of employee motivation, group behavior, leadership, strategic planning, organizational design, and career opportunities. Fundamental concepts of management, effective communication competency, ethical dilemmas faced by managers and corporate social responsibility will be explored.

3 crs.
Major Core 15 crs
FIN201 Principles of Finance


Principles of Finance - 3 Credits

This course examines the role of finance in relation to other business operations and within the financial community. It covers the development and use of the basic tools and operational/quality measures for financialadministration, financial analysis, planning and control, investment decisions, and management of sources of funds.

Prerequisites: ACC111; MGT105.

    Prerequisite: ACC111; MGT105
3 crs
FIN302 Corporate Finance


Corporate Finance - 3 Credits

This course is an analysis of capital investments relative to rates of return, goals, risks, and other operational/quality measures. A study of equity and debt financing, dividend policy, and multinational operations is also reviewed.

Prerequisite: FIN201.

    Prerequisite: FIN201
3 crs
FIN305 Analysis of Financial Statements


Analysis of Financial Statements - 3 Credits

Modern investing and lending decisions are based on financial statement analysis. Investing and lending decisions require the application of thorough analysis to carefully evaluated data. Sound information is obtained by an understanding of the data from which it is derived as well as by the application of tools of analysis to aid in its extraction and evaluation. The course focuses on understanding the data that are analyzed, as well as the methods by which they are analyzed and interpreted. Course cross listed with ACC305.

Prerequisite: ACC211.

    Prerequisite: ACC211
3 crs
FIN403 Investment Management


Investment Management - 3 Credits

This course analyzes the theory and practice of investment measurement and management. Topics include principles of selection of assets, personal portfolio management, and performance criteria for selecting and makingalternative corporate investment decisions.

Prerequisites: FIN201.

    Prerequisite: FIN201
3 crs
FIN411 International Financial Management


International Financial Management - 3 Credits

This course covers international capital movements and balance of payment problems, as well as problems of international operations as they affect financial functions. Foreign and international institutions and the foreign exchange process are examined. Financial requirements, problems, sources, and policies of multinational corporations are considered.

Prerequisite: ECO201.

    Prerequisite: ECO201
3 crs
Grand Total 30 crs

*Some courses may have additional prerequisites.

The Finance certificate gives students the opportunity to develop skills in financial analysis. Those who complete the certificate will have earned 30 credits towards the 120-credit Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. A maximum of 12 transfer credits with no transfer taken for Finance courses, other than FIN201, Principles of Finance, will be accepted. Students who may have taken other required Finance courses in a prior college program or through a banking institution, may petition for a course substitution.

Universities regularly make changes to the curriculum in order to offer quality and relevant degrees.  Post University reserves the right to change the curriculum at any time.  Any changes to the curriculum will be published as soon as the changes have been approved.