Department of Business and Information Technology

Program Description
This certificate provides in-depth exposure to finance, including magagerial and corporate finance, as well as investments and financial statement analysis and modeling. Skills will be enhanced in financial theory, financial markets and decision marking in investments, with career options as budget/financial analysts, risk management specialists, and investment underwriters, among others.   

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Required core course: 

  • BUS 6827 Managerial Finance

Choose three courses from the following: 

  • FINANCE 5160 Corporate Finance II
  • FINANCE 5260 Investments I
  • BUS 5230 Financial Statement Analysis
  • FINANCE 5310 Financial Modeling 

BUS 6827 Managerial Finance
This course covers the use of financial tools to manage the organization. The main focus is the strategic decisionmaking process of modern managers responsible for major financial decisions. Topics include financial policy, capital investment analysis, dividend policy, capital structure, and other contemporary corporate finance issues. MBA core. Prerequisite: Graduate standing

FINANCE 5160 Corporate Finance II
This course provides a rigorous and consistent presentation of the theory of financial decisions. Capital markets are analyzed under assumptions of risk aversion and uncertainty. Models of modern portfolio theory are discussed including the CAPM and the Modigliani-Miller analysis. Prerequisite: Finance 2150.

FINANCE 5260 Investments I
Introduction to fundamental elements of investment analysis. Students learn financial tools and gain necessary knowledge to select among alternative financial assets. Real world experience includes stock analysis, portfolio simulations and interactions with professionals in the securities industry. Prerequisite: Finance 2150

BUS 5230 Financial Statement Analysis
Analysis and interpretation of financial statements for profitability analysis, credit analysis, and other business analyses that rely on financial data. Introduces emerging roles of accounting analytics. Illustrates data analytics concepts and techniques to detect earning management, predict fraud, and to provide insights into other business strategies. Prerequisite: Finance 2150 or graduate standing

FINANCE 5310 Financial Modeling
This course is built on finance theory, financial analysis, and quantitative methods from prerequisite courses. The course will extensively use Excel spreadsheets to design and construct integrated financial models. 


The graduate certificate program is open to all individuals holding a BS, MS or PhD degree in areas such as business, social sciences, technology, engineering, or related disciplines.

In order to receive a Graduate Certificate, the student must have an average graduate cumulative grade point of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in the certificate courses taken. Students admitted only to the certificate program will have non-degree graduate status but will earn graduate credit for the courses they complete. If the four-course sequence approved by the graduate advisor is completed with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, the student will, upon application, be admitted to the Master of Business Administration or to the Master of Science in Information Science and Technology.

The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the program will count toward the MBA program or the M.S. in Information Science and Technology degree program. Once admitted to the Certificate program, a student will be given three years to complete the program as long as a B or better average is maintained in the courses taken.

Graduate certificates are designed as a gateway to a master’s degree*. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Business Administration (MBA) 
Information Science and Technology (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

*Completion of a graduate certificate program does not automatically guarantee admission into a corresponding graduate degree program. To continue in a master’s degree program, you must apply. Click here for details and check with academic department for program specific details and requirements.

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Science and Technology

Dr. Sarah Stanley 
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Business and Information Science and Technology
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Rolla, MO 65409-0360
Phone: 573-341-7213

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