Corporate Financial Management Certificate

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Build Foundational Skills in Finance

The Corporate Financial Management Graduate Certificate from the Carlson School of Management delivers an introduction to the world of corporate finance. Designed for working professionals, it provides a comprehensive understanding of financial management principles and business valuation. Learn from expert faculty and enhance your skillset for continued success.

Associated Degree

Hybrid (Primarily Online)
12–24 months
work experience
Work experience
No minimum requirement
start date
Start date
January, June, September

Corporate Financial Management Certificate Courses

Students in the corporate finance certificate program gain knowledge and hands-on experience in financial reporting, essential corporate financial management, and applied financial decision-making. You will also grow your understanding of financial markets and their functions, mergers and acquisitions, and more. 

The AACSB-accredited curriculum includes core courses and electives that allow you to customize your studies to align with your interests and career path. You will complete 6 to 8 courses (depending on elective choices) and earn 12 credits. 

  • MBA 6031: Financial Accounting - 3 Credits
  • MBA 6231: Financial Management - 3 Credits
  • FINA 6111: Financing Over a Firm's Lifecycle - 1 Credit
  • FINA 6114: Private and Public Equity  - 2 Credits
  • FINA 6211: Cash Flows and Project Selection - 1 Credit
  • FINA 6212: Working Capital Management - 1 Credit
  • FINA 6213: Financial Capital Structure - 1 Credit
  • FINA 6214: Business Valuation - 1 Credit
  • FINA 6222: Mergers and Acquisitions - 2 Credits
  • FINA 6322: Financial Modeling - 2 Credits
  • FINA 6511: Options for Corporate Finance - 1 Credits
  • FINA 6611: Finance for Multinationals - 1 Credit
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Begin or Advance Your Corporate Finance Career

Whether you are working in the field and ready to advance or want to open doors to new opportunities, our Corporate Financial Management Certificate can help you achieve your professional goals. You'll gain expertise in an in-demand subject area and earn a graduate-level credential that shows employers and managers you're ready to lead. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects faster-than-average employment growth in business and financial occupations through 2032, with an average of 911,400 new job openings expected yearly.1

  • $96,220 Median salary for financial analysts1
  • 20% Job growth for financial examiners through 20322

Why Earn a Certificate in Financial Management?

Our graduate certificates allow you to take master's-level courses and gain specialized skills through training in a targeted area. You can upskill quickly and earn a valuable credential in as little as one year. Throughout your program, you will grow your network by learning alongside fellow professionals in classes led by business experts. Your certificate credits can be applied toward Carlson's Part-Time MBA or Online MBA programs.

Tuition Details

Carlson graduate certificates provide the advanced knowledge and hands-on experience you need for professional development and long-term career growth. This program consists of 12 credits, and tuition is $1,720 per credit hour.

Admissions Details and Application Deadlines

The Carlson School of Management offers a streamlined online application for our graduate certificate programs. There is no minimum GPA or GRE/GMAT requirement, and our application fee is $75, with a waiver available for active-duty U.S. military service members. You can explore other requirements below.

Admissions Requirements Overview

The following materials are required to apply to the Corporate Financial Management Graduate Certificate program:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Completed application
  • Unofficial transcripts from all universities/colleges where coursework has been completed
  • Two professional references/recommendations
  • Personal statement
  • Current resume
  • Optional written essay

Application Deadlines 



(January Start)


(June Start)


(September Start)

Round 1October 15February 15May 15
Round 2November 15March 15June 15
Round 3December 15April 15July 15

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to common questions about the Carlson School of Management's Corporate Financial Management Graduate Certificate below.

The first step is to start your application.

We don't require work experience for admission. Contact us to learn more about our admissions policy.

Earning a graduate certificate in corporate financial management allows you to upskill quickly in targeted areas that can enhance your career. Career paths in corporate finance include budget analyst, financial planner, and financial consultant.

Tuition is $1,720 per credit hour. You'll complete 12 credits for a total tuition cost of $20,640. You can contact us to learn more about tuition and fees.

Most students complete this graduate certificate program in 12–24 months.

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Business and Financial Occupations. Retrieved from
  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Financial Examiners. Retrieved from