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Finance Certificate

2015 Summer Finance Certificate Program

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November 14, 2014: Early applications due for Summer 2015.

March 6, 2015: Final deadline for Summer 2015applications.

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Earn a certificate in a discipline that employers value and will prepare you for your financial future. Learn how the stock market works, how real estate markets work, how companies make rational decisions, and how to financially manage a small company! What better complement to a business major than a certificate in finance?

The Finance Department launched a new Finance certificate program for (non-Finance) Eller College undergraduates in Summer 2013. The finance certificate helps students create value in any type of business, non-profit or government organization. The program will broaden a student’s learning experiences and professional opportunities by providing training in financial topics and analysis.

The 9-unit program is designed so that all admitted students will complete the finance certificate coursework during one summer. Students only need to be on campus during summer I session. Residency in Tucson is not required during summer II as classes are taught online.

This finance certificate elective courses include Principles of Financial Management, Personal Investing, Small Business Finance and Real Estate Principles. Students learn basic concepts through lectures and case studies.

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Program Benefits

A certificate that employers value and will help you the rest of your financial life: Today’s employers are looking for students who can immediately add value. Understanding finance beyond the core major course allows you to differentiate yourself from other students. Moreover, the program will allow you to take charge of your own financial future.

Guaranteed Registration: You can be registered in the finance elective courses so that completion of the certificate is not dependent on gaining admission to the needed classes that might be closed.

Fast Completion: After taking the required major cohort courses, the finance certificate electives will be completed in one summer of full-time attendance.

Admission: Admission to the program is competitive. Applications are accepted during the spring semesters. The application deadline is Friday, March 6, 2015 for 2015 admission. Applicants will be notified by the end of April of the admission decision.

Commitments: The Finance Department will make it possible for admitted students to complete the Finance certificate in one summer. As a finance certificate student, you must commit to registering for the three elective courses in one summer.

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Course Requirements

Prerequisite Requirements

Students must have completed and passed college algebra or higher to be eligible for admission.

Students must have complete the following three course requirements prior to Finance Certificate coursework:

  • ECON 200. Basic Economic Issues
  • ACCT 200. Intro to Financial Accounting, OR ACCT 250. Survey of Accounting
  • FIN 311. Introduction to Finance, OR FIN 360. Quantitative Financial Management

Elective Courses

Students will complete three of the following courses during Summer I and Summer II sessions:

  • FIN 301. Principles of Financial Management (Summer I, on-campus)
  • FIN 302. Personal Investing (Summer I, on-campus)
  • FIN 303. Small Business Finance (Summer II, online – connect from anywhere)
  • FIN 304. Real Estate Principles (Summer II, online – connect from anywhere)

    TOTAL: 9 units

Additional information on requirements:

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Admission

Students wishing to make early plans for summer 2015 are welcome to apply early. Early applications are due by November 14, 2014 for Summer 2015 admission. Applicants will receive a response by December 19, 2014 regarding admission. Admission to the program is competitive.

The final application deadline is Friday, March 6, 2015 for 2015 admission. Applicants will be notified by the end of March of the admission decision.

Several criteria will be considered in the application process: your application essay, grade point average, class standing, resume, etc. There are seats available for the Summer 2015 cohort and you are encouraged to apply.

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Course Schedule

Prerequisite Requirement

Students must have completed college algebra or higher to be eligible for admission.

Prior to Finance Coursework

  • ECON 200. Basic Economic Issues
  • ACCT 250. Survey of Accounting or
    ACCT 200. Intro to Financial Accounting (not available in Fall semester)

You will need to obtain a seat in these two classes through UAccess.

  • FIN 311. Introduction to Finance, or FIN 360. Quantitative Financial Management

Students will complete three of the following four courses offered during Summer I and Summer II sessions.

Summer Session 1

  • FIN 301. Principles of Financial Management (on-campus)
  • FIN 302. Personal Investing (on-campus)

Summer Session II

  • FIN 303. Small Business Finance (online)
  • FIN 304. Real Estate Principles (online)

Additional information on requirements:

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Benefits for You

The Finance Certificate Program can be a valuable addition to your major course of study. This 9-unit, one-summer cohort program is an efficient way to complete a certificate in the Eller College of Management with guaranteed access to the needed courses. Instructors with academic and experiential credentials will provide the instruction. The finance skills offered in the program may be utilized in a variety of careers related to all non-finance degrees.

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Contact

For more information about the Finance Certificate Program, please email the Kay Ross, Director, Academic Affairs, Finance Department:

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