Program Overview

Golden Gate University provides a Graduate Certificate in Finance program designed to provide the skills and education that is needed for acquiring and maintaining careers within the field of finance. The program is intended for both first-time students and current working professionals looking to strengthen their education. Instructors within the program are also well-qualified, local business professionals that ensure students receive a real-world education.

All of the program courses may be completed online. If a student is interested in a more traditional program format, there are campus-based classes that are offered on the San Francisco campus. The courses within the program may also fulfill master’s degree program requirements if a student is interested in advancing their education at Golden Gate University.

Students will need to complete 15 units in order to receive the certificate. The program will require students to take Corporate Finance course and four other 300 and 400 level courses within ECON and FI. Some 300 and 400 level ECON courses that students may take are International Trade & Finance, Making Sense of Market Data: Economic Indicators, and Directed Study. Some 300 and 400 level FI courses are Corporate Finance, Managerial Finance, Financial Modeling and Management Control Systems.

Some of the program’s courses may have prerequisites that need to be completed before enrollment.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


    Must hold a bachelors degree or higher.

    School Overview

    With just four students, Golden Gate University began evening classes in 1901 in San Francisco. Today, it maintains three added campus locations, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Seattle, along with an online program fueled by “cutting edge course content” and “real world and real time” instructors that bring exdivertise to the classroom. This private nonprofit university targets undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in “law, taxation, business and related professions.” Today, the university hosts thousands of online students across the globe in forty plus countries. Limited class sizes provide a “seminar-style” atmosphere with asynchronous discussions. Golden Gate offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a myriad of disciplines. These degrees also are available for online students with the exception of Psychology, Law, and cohort programs.


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