Certificate in Foundations of Finance

 A student must complete five courses in the MS in Financial Analysis program:

   1. Corporate Finance
   2. Adv. Financial Statement Analysis
   3. Fixed Income I
   4. Equity Valuation
   5. Derivatives I

For more information, please contact admissions at management@usfca.edu or (415) 422-2221

What are the pre-requisites for the Certificate Programs?
An applicant must have an undergraduate degree as well as foundation courses in financial accounting, micro- and macro-economics and probablilty & statistics to qualify for entry into a Certificate program.

When and where are classes held?
All classes meet at the University of San Francisco School of Management’s downtown San Francisco campus (101 Howard Street). Courses generally meet once a week for four hours.

How many courses do I take at a time?  

Courses in this certificate are offered each year in the period from January to June. Full-time students will be taking three courses for the first eight week session and two courses in the second eight week session and will complete the certificate in five months. Part-time students can take one or two classes at a time and can complete the program in one year. International students can only apply to take the certificate full-time due to visa regulations.

How do I apply for the Certificate Programs?
Most applicants will first apply for entry to the Fundamentals of Finance Certificate. Applicants who have passed the Level I exam in the CFA program are eligible to apply directly to the Certificate in Foundations of Finance. You will need to submit your resume, statement of purpose and transcripts from any university level programs along with a paper application and a $55 application fee. You may download the application here. International students will have to submit additional documents including a TOEFL score (minimum 90 IBT) and a Certificate of Finances.

The required courses are listed below: