Finance Certificate Program

Graduate Finance Certificate Program

Increase your financial acumen in just 21 weeks. 

The SMU Cox Graduate Finance Certificate Program (GFCP) is designed for people who want to increase their financial competency skills. The program presents a unique blend of contemporary financial paradigms and perspectives.  Click the tabs below for more.  Click here for a detailed, printable, .pdf download.



Explore your topics of interest in greater depth with supplementary readings included with all class lectures.

Financial Statement AnalysisTrading Securities in the Secondary Markets (use of the Bloomberg Financial terminals)
Financial Analysis, Financial PlanningValuing Stock, Equity and Fixed Income Securities
First Principles of ValuationCapital Budgeting
Basics of Business StatisticsRole of Financial Reporting
Risk, Return, and Portfolio TheoryBank Financing
Financial PlanningValuing Fixed Income Financing
Risk ManagementFinancial Leverage and Capital Structure Policy
Estimating and Interpreting Risk and Return ParametersMarket Efficiency and Anomalies
Accounting and Market EfficiencyFirm Valuation
Options & Corporate FinanceInternational Finance

The economic landscape shifts and changes every day. Consequently, financial acumen plays an increasingly important role in the competitive marketplace. How will you enhance your knowledge and financial expertise so you can advance your career?

At SMU Cox, you can sharpen your skills by learning from real-world finance experts who are eager to share their knowledge and experience. Our Graduate Finance Certificate Program (GFCP) is specifically designed for corporate professionals with demanding schedules who wish to learn about financial markets, statement analysis, international corporate finance, insurance and risk management, investment anomalies and corporate growth, as well as fundamental financial concepts and techniques.

Taught by SMU Cox MBA professors, the GFCP enables you to attain these skills by attending class just one night a week for 21 weeks. And, like a graduate degree, the skills you gain and business relationships you make during the course will last a lifetime.

Here at SMU Cox, we’ve helped thousands of working professionals advance their careers and achieve their goals. We look forward to helping you do the same.

Don Shelly, MBA
Director, Graduate Certificate Finance Program
Professor of Practice, Finance Department


Module One:
"Fundamentals of Finance & Accounting"  Sept. 8, 2015 - Oct. 6, 2015; Oct. 20 & 27, 2015

Module Two:
"Financing the Business"  Nov. 10 & 17, Dec. 1 & 8, 2015 and Jan. 12 - 26, 2016

Module Three:
"Investing in the Future"  February 9, 2016 - March 8, 2016; March 22  & 29, 2016

Classes are held one evening a week, Tuesday, from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm on the SMU campus in Dallas

Early Registration with full tuition $300 Discount Deadline:  August 4, 2015

Tuition Payment Deadline:  August 24, 2015