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  • Program Type: Undergraduate credit certificate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 28 to 29
  • Degree: Finance Certificate
The ability to understand the markets and how businesses raise and invest capital is a highly looked upon specialized background amongst businesses and organizations. The certificate in finance is a broad program covering such diverse topics as corporate finance, insurance and risk management, estate planning, investments and money, banking and financial institutions. Students completing this certificate may find employment working with banks, insurance companies, securities firms, commodity brokers, and other financial investments enterprises. Please note that this certificate is available to individuals in the workforce that want a new career in finance and to non-University of Minnesota baccalaureate students who want additional credentialing.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
  • completely online (all program coursework can be completed online)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the graduation requirements.
Program Requirements
Certificate Requirements
Requirements - 22 to 23 credits
ACCT 2101 - Principles of Accounting I (3.0 cr)
ACCT 2102 - Principles of Accounting II (3.0 cr)
ECON 2102 - Macroeconomics [HI/BEH/SSC] (3.0 cr)
FIN 3105 - Corporate Finance (3.0 cr)
FIN 3120 - Money, Banking and Financial Institutions (3.0 cr)
GBUS 1005 - Orientation to Online Learning (1.0 cr)
MATH 1031 - College Algebra [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)
or MATH 1250 - Precalculus [MATH THINK] (4.0 cr)
AGEC 3640 - Agricultural Finance and Valuation (3.0 cr)
or FIN 3100 - Managerial Finance (3.0 cr)
Certificate Electives Requirement
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ACCT 4404 - Income Tax I (3.0 cr)
· AGEC 4740 - Grain and Livestock Marketing (3.0 cr)
· FIN 3110 - Estate Planning (3.0 cr)
· FIN 3115 - Insurance and Risk Management (3.0 cr)
· FIN 3125 - Investment (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Finance Certificate Online
The ability to understand the markets and how businesses raise and invest capital is a highly looked upon specialized background amongst businesses and organizations. The certificate in finance is a broad program covering such diverse topics as corporate finance, insurance and risk management, estate planning, investments and money, banking and financial institutions. Students completing this certificate may find employment working with banks, insurance companies, securities firms, commodity brokers, and other financial investments enterprises. Please note that this certificate is available to individuals in the workforce that want a new career in finance and to non-University of Minnesota baccalaureate students who want additional credentialing.
The finance certificate online has the same curriculum as the on-campus finance certificate.
 
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ACCT 2101 - Principles of Accounting I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Concepts of accounting cycle, cash, accounts receivable, inventories, plant assets, payroll. prereq: Math 1031
ACCT 2102 - Principles of Accounting II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Modern accounting concepts. Cash flow statement. Analysis of financial statements. Management accounting topics, including cost-volume-profit analysis, and costing methods. prereq: 2101
ECON 2102 - Macroeconomics (HI/BEH/SSC)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Big picture of economy. Determinants of national income, national income accounting, unemployment, inflation, economic growth. Classical, Keynesian, recent theoretical approaches to modifying economic activity. Monetary/fiscal policies. International economic relations.
FIN 3105 - Corporate Finance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
How corporations/other business entities raise capital to finance business endeavors. Legal rules. Transactional/litigation-related aspects of corporate finance. Accounting/valuation. Institutions/players in financial markets. prereq: Fin 3100
FIN 3120 - Money, Banking and Financial Institutions
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles/roles of money, banking, financial system. Interest rate, monetary policies of central banks. Financial instruments, asset pricing, determination/behavior of interest rates/exchange rates. Management, structure regulation of banking system.
GBUS 1005 - Orientation to Online Learning
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to UMC policies, e-mail, virtual private network, online library resources, writing scholarly reports, APA referencing, netiquette, networking in online environment, group work in online environment.
MATH 1031 - College Algebra (MATH THINK)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Basic algebraic operations, linear/quadratic equations/inequalities, variation. Functions/graphs. Theory of equations. Exponential/logarithmic functions. Systems of equations. Mathmatical modeling/applications. prereq: 0991 or ACT math score of 20 or higher
MATH 1250 - Precalculus (MATH THINK)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Review of algebra, functions, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities/equations, systems of equations, determinants/matrices, sequences/series, topics from analytic geometry. prereq: 1031 or ACT math score of 24 or higher
AGEC 3640 - Agricultural Finance and Valuation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Analysis of investment strategies and financing policies for farm and agribusiness firms. Liquidity, solvency, profitability. Financial documents, legal aspects of credit, financial intermediaries serving agriculture, property valuation, estate planning. prereq: 3540
FIN 3100 - Managerial Finance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principle financial considerations/ratio analysis of business. Cost of capital, asset management, capital structure planning, financial statement analysis, working capital management, short-term financing, budgeting. Integrates theory/applications. prereq: [ACCT 2102 or 3010], [ECON 2101, MATH 1031] or instructor consent
ACCT 4404 - Income Tax I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Income tax laws as they relate to individuals.
AGEC 4740 - Grain and Livestock Marketing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Students develop commodity marketing plan for grain or livestock farming operations. Topics include cash markets, grid pricing, grade premiums/discounts, contracting, crop/livestock insurance, and futures/options.
FIN 3110 - Estate Planning
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Accumulation, conservation, distribution of client's acquired property. Estate planning techniques. Identification/use of appropriate forms of wills/trusts. Methods to reduce freezing or eliminating Unified Transfer Tax. Post-mortem planning techniques.
FIN 3115 - Insurance and Risk Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Process for handling business risks. Property/liability risks, employee benefit planning, international loss exposures. Risk identification/evaluation. Risk control/financing techniques.
FIN 3125 - Investment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Key concepts in investment theory from perspective of portfolio manager. Investment theory/problems. Current academic work/application for portfolio choice. prereq: Mgmt 3100