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Corporate Finance Graduate Certificate

Gain the knowledge and tools needed for corporate financial analysis and decision making.

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    No Application Required

  • Format

    Online and On Campus Options

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What You'll Learn

Designed for professionals currently working in the financial services industry or who are responsible for making financial decisions, they certificates will help you gain knowledge in focused topic areas, such as:

  • Capital markets and investments
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • International corporate governance
  • Investment theory
  • Real estate

The certificate will also help you develop an understanding of the theory and practice of corporate finance with an understanding of discounted cash flow, valuation, risk and return, capital asset pricing model, corporate capital structure, capital budgeting, mergers and acquisitions, and investment and financing decisions.

Our Community at a Glance

Students in this program receive a rigorous education in topics including organizational finance, economic theory, mergers and acquisitions, analyzing financial statements, and more.

Download: Corporate Finance Graduate Certificate Fact Sheet

  • 36

    Average Age

  • 83%

    Working Full Time

  • 29%

    Students Outside the U.S.

  • 1.5 years

    Average Time to Complete

Certificate Courses

The professional graduate certificate in Corporate Finance requires four courses:

  • Corporate Finance course (choose one course from select group)
  • Valuation course (choose one course from select group)
  • Electives (choose any two courses from select group)

If you do not have background knowledge in finance, we recommend that you take an introductory course, such as MGMT E-2000 Principles of Finance, or consider the Principles of Finance certificate.

Search for Courses

Find certificate courses by term — fall, spring, or summer — in the DCE Course Search and Registration platform.

Upcoming Term: Summer 2024

Summer course registration is open through June 20. Learn more about how to register

Fall 2024 courses and registration details will be live in June.

Earning Your Certificate

Most of our certificates can be completed online and no formal application process is required to pursue a certificate.

To meet the requirements for the certificate, you must:

  • Complete the four certificate courses for graduate credit.
  • Earn at least a B grade in each course.
  • Complete the courses within three years.

Learn more about pursuing a certificate and the process of requesting your certificate.

David Derosiers.
Once you start HES, you enter a large family that spans the globe.  Get to know your teammates as early into your HES journey as possible. It will enhance your experience exponentially.
David Joseph Desrosiers
Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in the field of Finance, '22; Graduate Certificate in Corporate Finance; Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Investment


Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2023–24 rate) $3,220 per course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $12,880

Learning & Connection

Deep learning springs from human connection. That’s why we work so hard to bring people together — whether in a live virtual classroom or an in-person seminar on campus.

Our approach to online learning fosters interaction without sacrificing flexibility. Each week, you’ll engage with your instructor, participate in peer discussions, and receive one-on-one support from teaching staff—all from your home or office.

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Corporate Finance FAQs

What is corporate finance?

Corporate finance covers financial activities of corporations such as capital budgeting, capital structure, and working capital management. It involves long-term financial decisions as well as day-to-day financial management of a corporation with the goal of maximizing the value of the corporation to its shareholders.

Is corporate finance a good career path?

Corporate finance is a broad field that encompasses many roles within a company related to financial data and planning, management, and decision making. Demand for these skills is steady and spans a variety of industries. Overall, working in corporate finance is a stable career choice. Companies will always need professionals to manage their finances and capital. Advancement opportunities exist as you gain more work experience and professional development.

Is a corporate finance certificate worth it?

Earning a graduate certificate in corporate finance is an efficient way to gain advanced skills and knowledge in corporate finance over a short period of time. In four courses, you can supplement your existing skill set with focused coursework on topics highly relevant to today’s business world. A certificate also demonstrates to employers an ongoing commitment to learning and a mastery of concepts that can enhance job performance.

Is the job market for corporate finance competitive?

Corporate finance is a popular career choice, and there are generally more candidates than openings. In addition to a relevant degree in finance, accounting, economics, or a related field, credentials like a graduate certificate in corporate finance can help you stand out from other candidates by demonstrating that you are committed to staying up to date with the latest trends and skills in your field. This plus relevant work experience and a strong professional network can increase your competitiveness in the corporate finance job market.