Learning doesn't stop after graduation. That's why we've developed the Certificate Program for Advanced Study in Finance (CPASF).

Designed for students who already have an advanced degree in business, or significant industry experience, the CPASF will help you enhance your skills or transition into a new business discipline.

You get to choose five finance courses. Classes are offered in the evenings, with many online options available for added flexibility.

Curriculum

Curriculum

5-9 Courses
15-27 Credits

Program Length
4-10 months of full-time study
10-16 months of part-time study

Required Prerequisite Courses (12 Credits)

May be waived based upon prior academic work.
  • MBA-622 Operations & Data Analysis

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course covers topics of operations management in the services, manufacturing and distribution industries while introducing statistics and quantitative analytic tools relevant to all functional areas. Applications include supply chain management, total quality management, forecasting, inventory planning and control, project planning and management, risk analysis, process design, and human resources issues in a global economy. Analytic tools for these applications include descriptive statistics and graphics, uncertainty assessment, inferences from samples, decision analysis and models, simulation, and regression analysis.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Core

  • MBA-630 Economic Analysis for Managers

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course develops the basic tools for microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis with emphasis on business decision-making and the impact of economic policy on organizational performance and competitiveness with respect to global business.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Core

  • MBA-640 Corporate Financial Reporting and Control

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Explores the structure and information content of the three principal financial statements of profit-directed companies, namely the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows. Students learn skills in how to use accounting information to analyze the performance and financial condition of a company, facilitate decision-making, planning and budgeting, and performance appraisal in a managerial context. Students with no prior background in accounting complete a programmed instruction in the mechanics of double entry accounting at the start of the course.

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Core

  • MBA-650 Value Based Financial Management

    Prerequisites:

    MBA-622; MBA-630; MBA-640 or ACCT-800;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course introduces the basic principles of corporate finance. The main focus is on fundamental principles such as time value of money, asset valuation, and risk and return tradeoff. Topics to be covered also include cost of capital, capital budgeting, and capital structure.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA & Global MBA Core

Finance Courses (15 Credits)

Choose five (5) from the following courses: 
  • FIN-800 Financial Statement Analysis for Financial Institutions

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    An in-depth analysis of financial statements, this course is designed to help investors and managers in their assessment of business entity. This course also analyzes financial services industry: bank financial statement analysis with an emphasis on off- balance sheet lending and borrowing, capital structure issues, and innovations in mortgage-backed securities and asset-based financing techniques are covered. Additionally, the tax implications of various derivative securities is studied.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-801 Money & Capital Markets

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students analyze markets for financial assets, including the money market and various bond and stock markets. They learn determinants of the level and structure of interest rates, the Federal Reserve impact on markets, how financial institutions operate with respect to their sources and uses of funds, essentials of the regulatory structure of financial markets, transaction costs, and interrelations among markets.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-805 Capital Management

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 750 or MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is designed to extend the body of knowledge acquired in MBA 650. Topics include: dividend policy, capital structure policy, capital budgeting, long-term financing decisions, cash management and corporate restructuring, market efficiency, risk and liability management.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-808 General Theory in Corporate Finance

    Prerequisites:

    Take MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course extends the body of knowledge acquired in MBA 650. Students expand knowledge of dividend theory, capital structure theory, capital budgeting, long-term financing decisions, cash management and corporate restructuring, market efficiency, and risk and liability management.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-810 Investment Analysis

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 750 or MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students examine markets for investment procedures, valuation models, basic analytical techniques, and factors influencing risk/return tradeoffs. This course emphasizes the professional approach to managing investment assets. A variety of investment vehicles are discussed, including stocks, bonds, options, and futures.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-812 Capital Budgeting

    Prerequisites:

    Take FIN-808;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students examine techniques and decision-making rules for the evaluation and selection of long-term investment projects by corporations and the interaction of investment and financing.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-814 Options and Futures

    Prerequisites:

    FIN 810

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students explore the pricing of options and futures contracts, the characteristics of the markets in which these contracts are traded, options and futures strategies, and the application of these contracts in the hedging of financial positions. In addition, students are exposed to swap markets and a variety of swaps.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-816 Financial Institutions Management

    Prerequisites:

    Take MBA-650;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students learn concepts and techniques required for successful management. They also analyze the interplay between regulation and innovation, and their joint effect on the organizational structure of financial institutions.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-818 Econometrics

    Prerequisites:

    Take FIN-810

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students are introduced to mathematical statistics and basic econometrics. They study fundamental econometric tools as well as hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, linear regressions, simultaneous equations, and models of qualitative choice.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-820 Financial Policy

    Prerequisites:

    Take FIN-808 FIN-810 and FIN-814;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students examine financial theories, techniques, and models applied to the study of corporate financial decisions, aspects of corporate strategy, industry structure, and the functioning of capital markets.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-831 Portfolio Management

    Prerequisites:

    FIN 810

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students learn theory and techniques of scientific portfolio management, including the establishment of portfolio objectives, evaluation of portfolio performance, asset allocation strategies, and the use of derivative securities in portfolio insurance.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-845 Private Capital Markets

    Prerequisites:

    Take MBA-650;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course addresses the financial needs of private businesses, focusing on the financial motives and needs of private company owners and their advisors. The course is an opportunity to present private finance as a complement to corporate finance/public finance so as to prepare students to better serve or participate in making better financing decisions in the marketplace of privately held businesses.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-880 Investment Banking

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 650

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students analyze the main functions of investment banks such as origination, syndication, and distribution of security issues. They examine pricing of new issues and secondary offerings by investment banks, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, valuation of closely held companies, and restructuring of distressed companies. The role of investment bankers in restructuring industry and financing governments and ethical issues faced by investment bankers will be studied.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-882 Financial Engineering

    Prerequisites:

    Take FIN 814

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students develop a framework for understanding, analyzing, and valuing modern financial instruments. Students examine several types of derivative securities and their use in managing financial risk. While the interests of issuers, intermediaries, and investors will all be considered, the primary emphasis will be on the perspective of corporate financial managers and the use of modern financial technology in the creation of value for shareholders.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-884 Fixed Income Securities

    Prerequisites:

    Take FIN-810

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The course is designed to provide information on various types of fixed income securities and markets, theories and concepts of the term structure of interest rates and valuation of fixed income securities, measurement and management of risk for traditional bonds and bonds with embedded options, understanding of the role of derivatives such as mortgage-backed securities, asset-backed securities, swaps and exotic options, credit analysis and bond rating, portfolio management and performance evaluation. This course is generally offered as an intensive elective.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-887 Fundamental Equity Analysis

    Prerequisites:

    Take FIN-810;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Students examine fundamental equity analysis as the convergence of a number of skills such as accounting, financial, and strategic analysis with detective work and experience. Students practice communicating and defending an argument, use a business analysis framework that helps tie together strategy and finance, practice model building and practical approach to profitability in the markets.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FIN-910 Directed Individual Study

    Prerequisites:

    Instructor's approval required

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A student-initiated directed study project, generally for three credit hours and completed within one quarter or semester. The student and faculty advisor must concur on a written proposal and final report, and the proposal must be approved by the Office of the Dean prior to registration.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA Finance

  • FNIB-825 Multinational Financial Management

    Prerequisites:

    MBA-650 OR MBA-750

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course covers corporate financial decisions in an international setting with a focus on foreign exchange management and capital budgeting.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    MBA International Business,MBA Finance

  • BLLS-871 Corporate Crime and Financial Fraud

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The course will present an in-depth study of corporate crime and financial fraud using case law and recent major corporate debacles as case studies (i.e.; Enron-publicly traded energy company and Refco-Wall Street commodities trading firm) to explain theories of corporate, managerial, and third party professional criminal liability. These case studies will closely examine the particular financial accounting devices and schemes employed to defraud various stakeholders, the failure of the industry watchdogs to detect the fraudulent schemes, and the regulatory and legislative response aimed at restoring confidence in the marketplace. Other selected topics include: corporate governance, corporate finance, corporate compliance programs, ethical misconduct by outside legal, accounting, investment and banking professionals, Sarbanes Oxley Act (SOX), Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA),Organizational Sentencing guidelines and a selection of business financial crimes including mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy, securities violations, qui tam litigation (whistleblowers) and financial accounting crimes. As an introduction to corporate governance, the course will also provide a basic foundation in the finance, legal and economic principles that define the corporate entity as a business organization such as capitalization, basic tax principles, legal requirements, management structure, financing options and stock issuance.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    MBA Business Law & Ethics

  • MGIB-850 Global Travel Seminar

    Prerequisites:

    MBA 600 or MBA 700

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The seminar is designed to develop student's awareness, understanding and knowledge of managing in an international context. The format will consist of several preparatory sessions, at Suffolk and an intensive one week seminar outside the United States. Topics will include, but are not limited to, managing cultural and structural differences, geo-political-economic considerations, international human resources and strategic management issues. The scheduling and the host country destination, as well as content emphasis, will vary from term to term. A maximum of two off-campus courses is permitted subject to the 30 credit residency requirement.

    Type:

    MBA International Business,Global MBA Required

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