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The Applied Finance Graduate Certificate program at the Colorado State College of Business is a dynamic and career-focused educational opportunity that equips students with the essential skills and knowledge needed to excel in the ever-evolving world of finance. This program stands out for its practical approach, integrating real-world case studies, cutting-edge financial technologies, and expert faculty guidance. Students gain a deep understanding of financial analysis, risk management, investment strategies, and financial modeling, ensuring they are well-prepared to meet the demands of the finance industry.

With a strong emphasis on experiential learning, graduates are not only equipped with a robust academic foundation but also gain valuable hands-on experience through internships and industry partnerships. The Colorado State College of Business's Applied Finance Graduate Certificate is the ideal choice for individuals looking to advance their careers and make a significant impact in the finance sector.

Interested in earning your Master of Business Administration degree? At CSU’s College of Business, you can start with a certificate and finish with an MBA. The credits earned in this certificate can be applied toward the College’s Online MBA or Evening MBA programs, but please note that completion of this certificate does not guarantee admission into the MBA program. 

What you'll learn

In a graduate certificate program of applied finance, students can expect to learn:

  • Develop proficiency in analyzing financial statements, ratios, and performance metrics to evaluate the financial health of organizations and make informed investment decisions.
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of risk assessment and mitigation strategies, including the management of market, credit, and operational risks.
  • Explore various investment strategies, asset allocation techniques, and portfolio management principles to optimize returns while managing risk.
  • Learn to build and utilize financial models to forecast future financial performance, conduct scenario analysis, and support strategic decision-making.
  • Understand the regulatory framework governing financial markets and institutions, ensuring compliance with relevant laws and regulations in the finance industry.
Certificate at a Glance
Delivery: Online
Length: Can be completed in 2-3 semesters
Tuition: $998 per credit for 2022-2023
Credits: 11
Certificate awarded:

Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance

Courses and curriculum: Download your course roadmap
‡Additional prerequisite coursework may be required.


Admissions, Deadlines and Financial Aid

Learn more about admissions requirements to enroll in our spring or fall sessions. Visit tuition and aid for information on the latest tuition benefits available to you.

  • Fall
    AdmissionApply by July 31
  • Spring
    AdmissionApply by Jan 1