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Shippensburg University's graduate certificate in Finance is designed for working professionals with a convenient, fully online program. Taught by expert faculty, the graduate certificate in Finance can help you develop a wide-variety of analytical skills that will help increase your job marketability, further advancement in your current position, or transition into another career within the finance-field. 

The program can be completed in one to two years, by taking one to two courses per semester, depending upon students’ schedule and availability. Students interested in pursuing an MBA degree at Shippensburg University can also apply any two of the four finance (FIN) courses toward meeting the MBA elective requirement. Learn more about our award-winning MBA program. 

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of Finance graduate certificate, students will have the ability, skills, and knowledge to:

  • Make value-creating decisions for a corporation in a business environment
  • Analyze the effects of international influences on various aspects of firm’s financial management
  • Measure and hedge market risks, liquidity risks, credit risks, and operation risks of a financial institution
  • Evaluate different investment instruments and investment strategies to achieve investor’s financial goals
  • Discuss and analyze a wide variety of real-world financial situations 

Required courses (15 credits)

MBA 529 Corporate Financial Management
Explores financial theories, their application, and financial decision models necessary to handle corporate financial problems to maximize the firm value. This course emphasizes the important role of financial management in the corporate business environment.

FIN 512 Investment Analysis
Provide an understanding of the investments environment and process and analytical skills in security valuation and the formulation of investment strategies. The investment decisions concern how much to invest in each security and when to make these investments.  The topical coverage include such as introduction and analyses of various investment instruments, risk-return tradeoff, diversification concepts, fundamental analysis, and application of portfolio theory.

FIN 520 Financial Risk Management
This course offers the analysis of a best in practice corporate financial risk management system. Financial risk management is a process of identifying, measuring, and controlling financial risk exposure. The course addresses how to control for market, liquidity and credit risk. Operational risk is discussed. Topics include corporate risk tolerance, value at risk, Monte Carlo simulation, scenario analysis, stress testing, credit derivatives, and risk management failures.

FIN 525 Multinational Business Finance
Examines the challenges of multinational finance for global managers. Multinational Business Finance requires an understanding of cultural, historical, and institutional differences. Although domestic and multinational enterprises (MNEs) must deal with exchange rate risk, MNEs face political risks that are not normally part of domestic finance. Financial theories and concepts must be modified to deal with international influences on sources of capital, cost of capital, capital budgeting, working capital management, taxation, and credit analyses.

FIN 533 Applied Financial Analysis
A finance course designed to teach how to integrate finance concepts and managerial techniques in making financial decision to maximize the firm value. Students learn how finance is related to other functions of a firm, how to evaluate a firm's financial performance, risk-return tradeoff, capital budgeting and decision making process, cost of capital , leverage effects and capital structure, mergers and divestitures, and working capital management.

Course Registration 

Admitted & Returning Students for Credit Course
Individuals who are admitted or current students who wish to take classes from Shippensburg University for credit, register for classes at:

New Students
Before registering for courses for this program, you will need to activate an official Shippensburg University email address. For assistance in setting up your email account and password, please contact the SU Helpdesk.

Non-Degree Students for Credit Course
Individuals who wish to take classes from Shippensburg University, but are not seeking a degree should consult the information at

Non-Credit Students
Individuals who wish to take classes from Shippensburg University, but are not seeking credit(s), should register at:


Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the graduate certificate program applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Possess at least two years of full-time work experience
  • Applications must be submitted no later than the completion of 6 credits in the program.
  • A student must earn a minimum 3.0 GPA to be awarded the certificate.


  • Complete the certificate application.
  • Once you complete the application, click 'Submit" to proceed to pay application fee. If you don't pay fee, we will not be able to process your application. Please pay $15 admissions fee for applying to the certificate program during your completion of the online application.
  • Submit official undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts documenting the earned degree to 1871 Old Main Drive, Horton Hall 110 Shippensburg PA 17257

Please note the following after your application has been submitted:  

  • Allow two business days for review and processing of application. 
  • After successful completion of application, you will receive follow-up directions for enrolling in your course in an email to the email address you provided on your application.

Cancellation Policy
Shippensburg University reserves the right to cancel any courses due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. 




Tuition & Fees

  • Information about tuition, fees, paying your bill, and the refund and withdraw policies are posted at:/student_accounts/

Financial Aid

Cancellation Policy 

Shippensburg University reserve the right to cancel courses due to low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. 

Program Faculty & Support

For course content, academic advising, and workplace applicability, contact:

  • Dr. June Dung Pham, Professor of Finance, John L. Grove College of Business, Office: Grove Hall 239
    (717) 477-1139 |

For assistance with admissions, registering for classes, and course information, contact: 

  • Contact: Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education (PCDE), (717) 477-1502,