Gain the expertise to get ahead.

Completing this certificate will give you a solid background in business finance and investments. You can dive deeper in the investments area by taking electives that cover bonds, futures, and options, and real estate. If you're interested in corporate financial management, you can focus your studies on corporate risk management, employee benefits, and international finance.

Common Schedules

Here are two examples of common schedules for the Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance.  We highly recommend beginning the program in the spring semester to ensure the prerequisites are completed in sequence.  Once admitted, our advising team can help you develop a schedule that fits your career path.

Applied Finance - Spring Start

Applied Finance - Fall Start


Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.

BUS 601
Quantitative Business Analysis
BUS 640
Financial Principles and Practice
BUS 641
Financial Markets and Investments
Select 5 credits from the following:
FIN 602
Options and Futures
FIN 603
Corporate Risk Management
FIN 604
Employee Benefits
FIN 606
Fundamentals of International Finance
FIN 607
Fundamentals of Bond Markets
FIN 608
Fundamentals of Firm Valuation
FIN 609
Fundamentals of Personal Finance
FIN 612
Private Equity and Venture Capital
FIN 613
Alternative Investments
FIN 650
Behavioral Finance
REL 601
Fundamentals of Real Estate Finance
REL 602
Real Estate Finance and Investments
Program Total Credits:

*This certificate may have courses in common with other graduate certificates. A student may earn more than one certificate, but a given course may be counted only in one certificate.

This course listing is provided through the Colorado State University catalog and is updated each summer. New or modified courses offered for spring or summer may not be included, but you can find complete course information via the class schedule on RAMweb. Offerings are subject to change and the University reserves the right to make changes in catalog information when necessary and to correct errors. Always consult with an academic advisor to stay informed of curriculum details.