University Catalog 2024-2025

Finance (Certificate)

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.

Program Requirements

The certificate program requires students to complete twelve (12) credit hours with an overall 3.0 GPA in all certificate courses. Credit toward the certificate in a particular course will be given only if a grade of B- or better is earned in that course. All courses in the program must be taken for a letter grade. No transfer credits will be accepted in the program and it must be completed within four years.

More Information

Finance Program Website

Admissions requirements

Graduate certificate programs are open to NC State MBA students and Master of Management of Marketing Analytics students or to others who are not currently enrolled at NC State with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. The TEC certificate is available for all applicants, including other graduate students at NC State University.

  • Four year bachelor’s degree (or US degree equivalent) from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0 across all certificate-counting classes in undergraduate and graduate work (some exceptions are available for those with graduate studies).
  • Two years of full-time, post-baccalaureate professional employment is required for applicants to certificate programs.
  • Standardized test scores (GMAT, GRE) are not required to apply to a graduate management certificate program.

International applicants who are not in a graduate program at NC State must take the TOEFL or IELTS unless they qualify for a waiver.

Current graduate students at NC State may not enroll in this certificate (exception – Jenkins MBA students)

Applicant Information

  • Delivery Method: On-Campus, Online, Hybrid, Offsite
  • Entrance Exam: GRE
  • Interview Required: After uploading the following documents, applicants may be selected for an interview, on as determined on a case-by-case basis. 

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: May 15
  • Spring: October 31

Plan Requirements

Required Courses3
Financial Accounting for Decision Makers
Financial Management of Corporations
Elective Courses9
Select nine credit hours of coursework from the following:
Advanced Corporate Finance
Financial Modeling
Investment Theory and Practice
Equity Valuation
International Finance
Special Topics In Business Management (Private Equity Venturing)
Total Hours12