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Program Description:

Financial technology is a growing area in businesses.  Our research activities reveal this need; our Advisory Board tells us of this need; and employers at Career Fairs tell us of this need

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The graduate certificate program is open to all individuals holding a BS, MS or PhD degree in areas such as business, computer science, social sciences, sciences, technology, engineering, or related disciplines.  The certificate program consists of four courses.  In order to receive a Gradaute Certificate, the student must have an average graduate cumulative grade point of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in the certificate courses taken.  Students admitted only to the certificate program will have non-degree graduate status but will earn graduate credit for the courses they complete.  The core courses will be offered at least once per year.  The courses in the certificate program will be offered such that students can complete the program in a timely manner.  If the four-course sequence approved by the graduate advisor is completed with a grade B or better in each of the courses taken, the student will, upon application, be admitted to the Master of Business Administration or to the Master of Science in Information Science and Technology.  The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the program will count towards the MBA program or the M.S. in Information Science and Technology degree program.  Once admitted to the certificate program, a student will be given three years to complete the program as long as a B or better average is maintained in the courses taken.

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  • FIN 5310:  Financial Modeling
  • IST 5420:  Business Analytics and Data Science 

Choose one course from the following:

  • FIN 5160:  Corporate Finance II
  • FIN 5260:  Investments I 
  • BUS 5230:  Financial Statement Analysis

Choose one course from the following:

  • IST 5520:  Data Methodologies in Python
  • IST 6450:  Information Visualization
  • BUS 6723:  Artificial Intelligens, Robotics, and Information Systems Management
  • IST 6780:  Advanced Human and Organizational Factors in Cybersecurity
  • ERP 5210:  Performance Dashboards, Scorecard, and Data Visualization


Course Descriptions:

 Course description can be found in the catalog at

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Graduate Degrees

Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Business Administration (MBA) 
Information Science and Technology (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2017-18 school year(defined as the period between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018)

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