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Applied Finance Graduate Certificate

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Certificate Overview Open Accordion
Online Finance Certificate Program

Earn your applied finance certificate online

This graduate certificate in finance provides you with industry-specific knowledge relevant to conducting business in various financial environments. Gain analytical business skills and learn about:

  • Advanced corporate finance
  • International finance
  • Financial institutions
  • Credit markets

Study online with expert faculty

Complete your 11-credit certificate in a convenient online format. Courses are taught by College of Business Department of Finance faculty, who bring their expertise into the online classroom. Study topics such as:

  • Security valuation
  • Portfolio management
  • Pricing of futures, options, and swaps
  • Corporate risk management
  • Financial globalization
  • Exchange rate behavior
  • Personal finance
  • Real estate market analysis

Option to pursue a master’s degree

Courses successfully completed with a grade of "B" or better as part of the online finance certificate may also count toward elective credit hours required for completion of CSU’s online Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), after formal admission per University transfer policies. However, successful completion of the courses or certificate does not guarantee admission to the degree program.

Curriculum Open Accordion

You must be admitted to this program for the certificate to appear on your official University transcript.

Required courses:

Elective courses:

Program Total Credits: 11

Admission to a business graduate program and/or additional coursework may be required to meet prerequisites. Contact the department for more details.

How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Fall semester August 1
Spring semester January 1

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1 Review Admission Requirements

Graduate certificate applicants generally must meet or exceed the following criteria:1

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution in any field
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher from your most recent degree completed2
  • International applicants: minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores3
  1. While we encourage our students to meet the minimum criteria, failure to meet one may be offset by strengths in other areas, as determined by the Graduate Program Committee.
  2. Please submit an academic performance explanation if your GPA was lower than 3.0.
  3. A minimum Internet-based TOEFL score of 86 or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or a minimum of PTE score of 58 is required for all certificates except Accounting Ethics and Auditing, which requires a minimum Internet-based TOEFL score of 95 or minimum IELTS score of 7.0.

2 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

  • Choose "Applied Finance (Certificate) – Distance" when choosing the Program of Study. (Note: You must first select "Certificate" at the top.)

3Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript from the institution where you earned your bachelor’s degree. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official.

Electronic (preferred):
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.

Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or gradadmissions@colostate.edu if the secure service requires an email address.

Mail (if necessary)
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and notify you of their decision.

Information for International Students

Official transcript translation

Ensure official copies include a certified translation into English (only one set of transcripts is required).

Official test scores

Colorado State University requires that proficiency in English language be demonstrated either by the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE academic tests prior to admission. Please submit one of the official scores from the list below. Tests must be taken within two years prior to admission and submitted directly from the Educational Testing Service (select institution code: 4075).

  • The minimum TOEFL score for admission without condition is 550 (paper-based), or 80 (internet-based).
  • The minimum IELTS score for admission without condition is 6.5.
  • The minimum PTE Academic score for admission without condition is 58.

All applicants who are citizens of countries in which English is not the official language, and who do not have an undergraduate degree from the U.S. must submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores.

Questions?

We love learning about your goals and answering any questions to help you on your journey.

cobgradinfo@colostate.edu
Applied Finance Graduate Certificate

Program Details

Courses
Online
Credits
11 credits
Tuition
$998 per credit
Degree Awarded
Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance
Time Frame
Varies based on intensity of study and course availability

Application Deadlines

Fall semester
August 1
Spring semester
January 1

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