If you’re on track to be a financial analyst, budget analyst, financial manager, corporate treasurer/controller, or management consultant, Ball State’s graduate certificate in finance can give you the analytic and theoretical tools needed once you get there. Plus, you’ll have 12 credits toward our MBA with a concentration in finance.

Finance professionals are needed to provide critical input to businesses, governments, not-for-profit entities, and financial institutions. Your track may lead you into a field such as commercial banking, corporate finance, insurance, private equity, real estate, or financial planning.

A Credential that Keeps You Current

Although financial managers typically have a bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, economics, or business administration, the graduate certificate is an added credential that keeps you current professionally and marketable when job opportunities arise.

While you may bring a bachelor’s in business to the MBA certificate, the finance certificate actually requires little or no knowledge of finance and welcomes students from outside the discipline.

Program Requirements



Required Courses

  • FIN 650 Investment Management
  • FIN 680 Global Financial Policy
  • RMI 670 Risk Management and Insurance
  • BUSA 601 Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance
    or MBA 661 Managerial Finance

We’ll help you plan your courses: BUSA 601 or MBA 661 will depend on credits from your undergraduate degree.

Course Delivery Options

We offer three options: On campus, online, or hybrid. Outcomes are the same for each, and you’ll learn from the same distinguished faculty.

Please note that beginning Fall 2023, our business graduate certificates will ONLY be offered 100% online. Email us at mba@bsu.edu if you have questions about our program or this change in delivery method.

Here at Ball State, you don’t have to sacrifice quality to pursue a graduate certificate online. As a virtual learner, you’ll access the same quality coursework, discussions, and distinguished faculty as on-campus students.
Our hybrid approach offers the best of both worlds—the convenience of online learning with the benefits of face-to-face interaction with instructors. You can work with your advisor to determine which courses to take online or on campus.

Ready to Apply?

If you’re prepared to take the next step in your academic or career journey, then we want you at Ball State. Please review the criteria and steps necessary for admission. Apply now.

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