The Graduate Certificate in Investments (GCI), recognized by the CFA Institute and closely tied to professional practice, covers the key principals that will help you understand asset management, security valuations, capital markets, portfolio management and the process of issuing securities.

As a part-time student, you can complete the GCI in as few as 9 months at our Boston campus.

Curriculum

Curriculum

5 courses
15 credits

Program Length
9-16 months of part-time study

Required Courses (6 credits) 

  • 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

  • FIN-810 Investment Analysis

    Prerequisites:

    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

Electives (9 credits)

Three (3) courses are electives and must be selected from the approved elective list for Investments. 

Note RE: MBA 650 requirement for Previous Business Major Certificate Options - Candidate must have taken equivalent of MBA 650 with a "B" or better within 7 years of enrolling in certificate program OR an upper level elective with a "B" or better within 7 years to meet this requirement for admission.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

View the Federally Mandated Gainful Employment Disclosure for the Graduate Certificate in Investments

Waiver/Transfer Policy

Graduate certificate courses, if waived, may need to be substituted with an approved elective. To substitute with an approved elective for a required course, a student must have successfully completed equivalent academic coursework at the undergraduate/graduate level in the five years prior to matriculation ("B" or better") and provide official transcripts (with English translation, if applicable). 

Candidates who apply within one year of completing their graduate certificate will have applicable courses applied to a Sawyer Business School (SBS) graduate degree program, in the same discipline as the certificate, as long as the grade of "B" or better was earned in that course.

Candidates who apply beyond one year or from a certificate program outside their discipline will have coursework evaluated on a case by case basis for relevancy, current degree requirements, and current Sawyer Business School waiver and transfer policies.

Transfer credits from the graduate certificate must have an earned grade of "B" or better and have been taken within five years prior to entering a SBS graduate degree program. However, at the discretion of the program director, some courses may not be transferred if the subject material has changed significantly since completion.