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Finance Certificate

The Finance Certificate is modeled after typical Finance majors at most Schools of Business. The primary difference is that UMBC has fewer elective concentrations within the general area of financial management. UMBC’s certificate is geared toward the capital markets/corporate decisions/investment portfolio end of the finance spectrum rather than the banking, insurance, or real estate aspects. International considerations and world markets are incorporated into several of the required courses, and students selecting the optional International Finance course elective gain an additional international financial background. Courses in the Finance program are staffed with faculty from the Economics department.

The finance certificate requires 15 core credit hours plus 31 specialized credit hours. Some of the core and most of the specialized course work overlaps with the Economics Major. Business leaders view finance as a good foundation for management and decision making as well as a specialized area of normal business operations. Consequently, students have excellent employment opportunities in this area.

The Finance Certificate is not available to students earning the B.S. in Financial Economics.

Finance Certificate Requirements (pdf)

Please note: The printed course catalog contains the official listing of program requirements and takes precedence over information listed on this site. Should you discover a discrepancy between the printed catalog and any information posted on this site, please contact the department for instructions.

The Core Curriculum (15 Credits)

  • ECON 101 – Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 102 – Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 121 – Principles of Accounting I
  • ECON 122 – Principles of Accounting II
  • ENGL 391 – Intermediate Exposition or ENGL 393 – Technical Writing

Specialized Credit Hours (27 or 28 credits)

  • IS or CMSC: An introductory IS or CMSC course
  • STAT 351 or STAT 355
  • ECON 301 – IntermediateAccounting I
  • Econ 311 – Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis
  • ECON 374 – Fundamentals of Corporate Finance
  • Econ 320 – Elements of Quantitative Methods for Management OR
  • Econ 421 – Intorduction to Econometrics or IS 325 – Introduction to Management Science or Math 381 – Linear Methods in Operations Research or Stat 454 – Applied Statistics

Any four of the following:

  • ECON 302 Intermediate Accounting II
  • ECON 423 – Economic Forecasting
  • ECON 471 – Money & Capital Markets
  • ECON 474 – Cases in Corporate Finance
  • ECON 475 – Economics of Financial Analysis
  • ECON 476 – Portfolio Analysis and Management
  • ECON 477 – Analysis of Derivatives
  • ECON 478 – Real Estate Economics and Finance
  • ECON 482 – International Finance