School of Business

Certificate in Finance

The certificate in Finance is open to non-matriculated students.  The certificate courses emphasize topics in corporate finance, investments, financial services, banking, and related fields. Students learn a blend of theoretical and practical concepts and apply this knowledge to real-world settings. The program develops analytical and critical thinking skills that will aid students throughout their chosen careers.

Applications to the program are available online or from the School of Business office and carry a $50 application fee. Applicants to this program must mail completed hard copy application and application fee (payable to: USM School of Business) to Finance Certificate Program, University of Southern Maine, P.O. Box 9300, Portland, ME 04104-9300

Students must complete the required Finance Core and Electives (15 credit hours) within four years after the application date and must earn a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA to obtain the certificate. Students may be able to apply earned certificate course credit towards an undergraduate business degree at USM as long as they earn a minimum 2.5 GPA in the certificate program courses.

Admission to the certificate in finance (15 credits plus up to 9 credits required non-finance
core) requires the completion of a certificate application form and payment of the application fee. Admission is open to 1) those who have completed 54 credit hours with a GPA of 2.33 or higher; or 2) those who have a minimum of three years of investment, financial risk management, or other financial services work experience and a high school diploma, or its equivalent. 

Enrollment in specific courses is based on eligibility criteria and availability of space in the courses. Enrollment in some highly demanded courses may be restricted or prohibited in any given semester. Admission into the certificate program does not guarantee admission into any other USM program or enrollment in any specific course.

Transfer credit will not be permitted for the FIN core courses. 

Non-matriculated students enrolled in this certificate program will not be eligible for financial aid.

Required Non-Finance Core (9 credit hours)*
     ACC 110 Financial Accounting Information for Decision Making
     ECO 101 Introduction of Macroeconomics
     MAT 120 Introduction to Statistics or MAT 210 Business Statistics
*Required Non-Finance Core may be satisfied with two semesters of calculus or a technical degree such as engineering, computer science, physics, or related field from a regionally accredited institution. Waiver of non-finance core courses is done on a case by case basis.

Required Finance Core Courses (6 credit hours)
     FIN 320 Basic Financial Management
     FIN 327 Investment Management

Elective Courses: Select any three (9 credit hours)
     FIN 321 Personal Financial Planning
     FIN 323 Financial Engineering
     FIN 325 International Finance
     FIN 326 Financial Modeling
     ACC 413 Concepts and Strategies of Taxation

 

Admission to the certificate in finance (15 credits plus up to 9 credits required non-finance
core) requires the completion of a certificate application form and payment of the application fee. Admission is open to 1) those who have completed 54 credit hours with a GPA of 2.33 or higher; or 2) those who have a minimum of three years of investment, financial risk management, or other financial services work experience and a high school diploma, or its equivalent. 

Enrollment in specific courses is based on eligibility criteria and availability of space in the courses. Enrollment in some highly demanded courses may be restricted or prohibited in any given semester. Admission into the certificate program does not guarantee admission into any other USM program or enrollment in any specific course.

Non-matriculated students enrolled in this certificate program will not be eligible for financial aid.

Application Procedure
Download an application here.  Admissions is rolling; however the recommended application deadlines August 15th for the fall semester and January 1st for the spring semester.

Certificate Completion Application