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Finance Certificate

The Graduate School certificate in Finance is a unique program that provides students the knowledge, skills, and tools needed for making smart financial decisions in the workplace.


Through theory and applied learning, students come to understand the relationship between capital providers (investing households), capital markets (stocks and bonds), and capital users (firms).

Students use real-world tools, such as stock price databases and spreadsheet analysis, to apply theory to practice. This flexible option is ideal for professionals who want to gain a foundational understanding of financial management.


To qualify for the NC State Graduate Finance Certificate, students need to complete 12 credit hours, which includes the courses listed below. Once admitted to the program, students must complete the MBA 520 prerequisite before enrolling in any certification course.

Required courses:

  • MBA 520  Managerial Finance (2 hrs)
  • MBA 501 Financial Accounting (1 hr)

Nine hours of elective courses selected from the following list:

  • MBA 521 Advanced Corporate Finance (3 hrs)
  • MBA 523  Investment Theory and Practice (3 hrs)
  • MBA 524 Equity Valuation (3 hrs)
  • MBA 526 International Finance (3 hrs)
  • MBA 529 Financial Modeling (3 hrs)
  • MBA 590 Artificial Intelligence (1 hr)
  • MBA 590 Essential Macroeconomics for Managers (1 hr)
  • MBA 590 Financial Tech (1 hr)
  • MBA 590 Managing Risks to Strategy (1 hr)
  • MBA 590 Monte Carlo Decision Analysis (1 hr)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must achieve a grade of B- or better (a cumulative 3.0 GPA) to earn academic credit toward the certificate. 
  • No transfer credits or course substitutions are accepted for this program. 
  • Students must complete certification courses within three years of starting the program to count toward the certificate requirements. 
  • Students can complete certification courses during the in-person evening sessions or online.
  • Current graduate students at NC State may not dual enroll into this certificate (exception – Jenkins MBA students).

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