USF School of Management Master of Science in Financial Analysis
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Certificate in the Foundations of Finance

The Certificate in the Foundations of Finance is a a great preparation for the CFA Level I exam, providing a solid foundation in the essentials of valuation of the standard asset classes.

To obtain the Certificate in the Foundations of Finance, students must complete the following five courses:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Adv. Financial Statement Analysis
  • Fixed Income I
  • Equity Valuation
  • Derivatives I

What are the pre-requisites for the Foundations of Finance Certificate program?

An applicant must have an undergraduate degree as well as foundation courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Accounting, Probability and Statistics, Calculus courses, and knowledge of spreadsheet applications for entry into this Certificate program.

When and where are classes held?

All classes meet during business hours in San Francisco, CA on the University San Francisco Downtown campus. Each course meets once a week for four hours.

How many courses do I take at a time?

This is a five month certificate program that has course offerings from January to June. Students will be taking three courses for the first eight week session and two courses in the second eight week session.

How do I apply for the Certificate program?

Please visit the Admissions page for information about the application requirements and the application process.

As an international student, am I eligible to apply for the Foundations of Finance Certificate program?

International students seeking F-1 visas are not eligible to apply to this certificate program. International students who do not require a university sponsored visa are encouraged to apply.