Finance (graduate certificate)

The UDM Certificate in Finance consists of an integrated sequence of courses that gives students a broad and thorough foundation in financial analysis and management. This professional certificate is ideal if you are interested in becoming a financial professional who will lead your organization's efforts to raise capital, invest funds, generate returns, and manage assets.

  •  This professional certificate is based on the concept that analytical and practical tools are fundamental to preparing effective financial managers or analysts.
  • This certificate is also designed to give students in-depth knowledge of business ethics in the context of financial decisions.

UDM was among the first to see the importance of ethics in the business world. In a business climate inflamed by recent corporate scandals, employers seek ethical decision makers to lead their organizations. A focus of the certificate is the ethical responsibilities of corporate executives, directors, officers, managers, financial intermediaries, analysts, and employees at all levels.

Come to UDM to join the experts in the rising field of finance.

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Distinctive Features

  • Convenient Class Scheduling - The College of Business Administration has committed to providing Finance Certificate courses online to any student who enters the program.
  • Unique identity - Rooted in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, the College champions academic excellence and good character by encouraging intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social growth.
  • Full-Time and Part-Time Student Status - An student may apply for a Certificate Program on a part-time basis. Full-time student status usually involves nine or more credit hour courses in Terms I and II. Part-time students usually have a one to eight credit hour course load in Terms I and II.
  • Flexibility: MBA with Concentration or Certificate - MBA students may use their three MBA electives to concentrate in Finance.

Admission Requirements

Admission decisions are based on an undergraduate GPA, GMAT score (if needed), work experience, and other degrees.

  • A University of Detroit Mercy Graduate Application Form, with the application fee (waived for online applications);
  • Official transcripts for all previous academic work;
  • A resume;
  • A letter of recommendation; and
  • Any other information which the applicant feels is important to the admission decision.

Guest Student Status

Individuals currently enrolled in another AACSB accredited MBA program may obtain Guest Student Status at the University of Detroit Mercy for a limited number of courses by providing a statement of good standing from their school's Dean or program director, or by applying for guest student status using a Michigan Intercollegiate Graduate School form (MIGS). The MIGS application can be obtained in the Graduate Business Programs Office.

International Students

International students should consult with the International Services Office.

The Certificate in Finance is a 15 credit hour program.

Academic Standing

While an individual may be admitted into the Certificate Program on a regular-acceptance basis, it is possible that the individual's eventual cumulative GPA may fall below a 3.0 in any particular term. When this situation occurs, the student automatically is placed on "Academic Probation". This status dictates that the student's cumulative GPA must continue to improve in each consecutive term thereafter until the cumulative GPA reaches 3.0 and is then sustained at that level or higher. If, after being placed on Academic Probation, the student's cumulative GPA does not improve in each subsequent term, the student will be academically dismissed.

Residence and Time Requirements

Students who have not completed their required Certificate Program within two years may be subject to re-evaluation and additional coursework. Students not enrolled for more than two consecutive terms (without prior approval of the program director) may be required to re-apply for admission.

Student Responsibilities

Students in the College of Business Administration are responsible and accountable for knowledge of the requirements and procedures set forth by the College and University. This includes the Student Academic Integrity policy available on our website. Administrators, advisors, and faculty are available to assist students by explaining the various requirements and procedures for each program. However, the ultimate responsibility for compliance rests with the student.

Cumulative Grade Point Average

Students in the Certificate Program are required to achieve and maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale). A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required for final completion of the program requirements.

Required Courses

  • MBA 5210 Personal Development, Ethics, and Social Responsibility in Organizations
  • MBA 5220 Corporate Finance
  • MBA 5420 Investments

Elective Courses (2 courses required)

  • MBA 5400 Capital Expenditures Analysis
  • MBA 5430 Advanced Investment 
  • MBA 5450 Global Finance 
  • MBA 5460 Corporate Restructuring
  • MBA 5465 Financial Institution Management 
  • MBA 5480 Debt, Equity and Financing Structuring
  • ACC 5520 Corporate Fraud Detection and Prevention     
  • ACC 5540 Accounting During Cash Crisis 
  • CECN 5460 Money and Capital Markets 

Foundation Courses

All students are required to show competence in Foundations of Finance and Accounting by taking MBA 5180 and ACC 5100 respectively, or an equivalent, or show prior academic preparation through their academic transcripts. Credit will be given for courses taken to fulfill this requirement but this credit will not count towards the Certificate.

  • ACC 5100 Financial Accounting
  • MBA 5180 Foundations of Financial Management


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A graduate certificate in Finance helps connect you with a dynamic group of business leaders, community partners and fellow students. Here you can delve deeper and learn more about us.

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The application process may differ based on what type of incoming student you are. Please visit to learn more and apply online.

For more information about our Graduate Business Programs, including our MBA, MBA/MHSA and JD-MBA programs, please send your inquiries to:

Dr. Omid Sabbaghi
Director of Graduate Business Programs

Carrol Parris
Coordinator of Student Services

You can also call Admissions during hours at 800-635-5020 or e-mail us and we'll get right back to you:

You can also request information online.