Finance Graduate Certificate

The Detroit Mercy Certificate in Finance gives students a broad and thorough foundation in financial analysis and management through a sequence of integrated courses.

Become a financial professional who will lead your organization's efforts to raise capital, invest funds, generate returns and manage assets.

You will 

  • Learn analytical and practical tools that are fundamental to preparing effective financial managers or analysts
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of business ethics in the context of financial decisions
  • Use our new, state-of-the-art Financial Markets Lab

Detroit Mercy 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 Detroit Mercy to join the experts in the rising field of finance.

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MBA students may use their three MBA electives to earn a concentration in Finance.

To earn the certificate in Finance, additional courses are required.

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Full- or Part-time

A student may apply for this certificate program on a full-time and part-time status.

Full-time student status usually involves nine or more credit hour courses while part-time students usually have a one to eight credit hour course load in Terms I and II.

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Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis.

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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.

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    Admission Requirements

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

    Guest Student Status

    Individuals currently enrolled in another AACSB accredited MBA program may obtain Guest Student Status at 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 Student Admissions.



    The Certificate in Finance is a 15 credit hour program.

    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


    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.


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

    Dr. Wonseok Choi
    Director of Graduate Business Programs

    Carrol Parris
    Coordinator of Student Services

    Contact Admissions

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