Financial Analysis Graduate Certificate
12 semester hours of credit (4 courses)
The College offers a Financial Analysis Graduate Certificate for students who are interested in pursuing an advanced graduate-level approach to financial analysis. The coursework is administered via a structured research-based environment. Classes last for 8 weeks each and meet 5 times per year.
This course incorporates the principles of risk/return, valuation, ratio analysis, capital structure, cost of capital, and capital budgeting techniques to corporate finance. Through assignments, quizzes, and discussion questions, net present value, the weighted average cost of capital, equity and debt valuation, behavioral finance, and alternative financing and leasing are explored. In addition, you will learn how to use a financial calculator and gain critical thinking skills through reading and discussing Kahneman’s groundbreaking work, Thinking Fast and Slow.
An introduction to the analysis of debt investments, debt topics in this course cover the characteristics of debt securities, yield measures, fixed income security valuation, measurement of interest rate risk, and spot forward rates. Valuing bonds and mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities, and credit analysis are also covered through assignments, quizzes, and discussion questions.
An introduction to the valuation of equity investments, this course has assignments, quizzes, and discussion questions covering the topics of applying the capital asset pricing model, estimating required return and beta for investments, and valuing equity through the dividend discount, free cash flow, residual income, and market based models. Private company and startup valuation are also included in this course, which has a comprehensive company evaluation assignment due in the last weeks.
Imparting knowledge of derivative markets, derivative pricing, and derivative trading and hedging strategies, this course covers derivative contracts such as forward and swaps, options, futures, and collateralized mortgage obligations. Through assignments, quizzes, discussion questions, and supplemental materials that aid in the accomplishment of calculations, this course teaches students derivative pricing using the Black-Scholes option pricing model, the binary option pricing model, and cost-of-carry futures pricing; and derivative strategies such as covered calls, protective put, option spreads, and portfolio insurance.
3 Credit Hour Courses
The curriculum is based on a client-centered, problem-solving method using case studies to give you a hands-on approach to the material. The College’s highly qualified faculty is available via telephone or e-mail to support you in your studies.
Certificate Program Start Dates
Tue13Oct2015Mon07Dec2015College for Financial Planning
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