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With the UC Berkeley Extension Certificate Program in Finance, you gain in-depth knowledge and skills to advance your career—in less time and at less cost than a master's degree requires. The integrated curriculum features both financial theory and practical tools. First, build a strong foundation with courses in risk, financial analysis and modeling, and corporate finance. Then, choose a specialization for further study:

  • Capital Markets for portfolio management; options; derivatives; debt markets; and techniques for creating, using, acquiring and selling complex financial instruments.
  • Investment Management for securities analysis, portfolio management, and options and other derivatives for managing the investment of financial instruments.

The curriculum is overseen by an advisory board of business and education leaders and approved by the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, ensuring your education is relevant and up to date. Courses are taught by working professionals with many years of practical business experience.

See Prerequisites for Admission, Curriculum Requirements and How to Register Join our email list to stay informed about this certificate.

Courses

Required CoursesBegin by enrolling in Fundamentals of Risk Management BUS ADM X436.5. We recommend that you also complete the one-day workshop Basic Financial Mathematics and Financial Calculators BUS ADM 1002 during your first term.
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
BUS ADM X436.5 Fundamentals of Risk Management 2 Online, Classroom Not Available
BUS ADM X435.6 Corporate Financial Analysis and Modeling 1 Online Available
BUS ADM X444.1 Intermediate Corporate Finance 2 Online, Classroom Not Available
BUS ADM X430.8 International Finance 2 Online, Classroom Not Available
Investment Management Specialization Courses
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
BUS ADM X425.5 Financial Securities Analysis 2 Not Available
BUS ADM X431.2 Investment Portfolio Management 2 Classroom Not Available
BUS ADM X435.1 Options and Other Financial Derivatives 2 Online, Classroom Available
Capital Markets Specialization Courses
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
BUS ADM X436.6 Advanced Portfolio and Risk Management 2 Classroom Available
BUS ADM X436.3 Debt Markets and Fixed-Income Securities 2 Classroom Not Available
BUS ADM X436.4 Derivative Securities 2 Not Available
Approved Electives
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
BUS ADM X410.7 Advanced Topics in Corporate Financial Modeling 2 Not Available
BUS ADM X430.1 Basic Corporate Finance 2 Online Not Available
BUS ADM X436.7 Behavioral Finance 2 Classroom Available
BUS ADM X433.3 Investments in Personal Financial Planning: General Principles and Methods 2 Classroom Not Available
BUS ADM X414.3 Understanding Wealth Management 2 Not Available

Course availability is subject to change. Courses offered in both online and classroom environments are interchangeable; if both delivery options are available, you may choose either option.

To enroll, click on a course title above and choose a section. You may enroll in individual courses without registering for a certificate or program.

Prerequisites for Admission

  • If you have no prior work experience or coursework in finance, we strongly recommend you have a solid academic foundation in the basic areas of finance (i.e., Introduction to Financial Accounting, UGBA XB102A in the classroom or UGBA XBW102A online, and/or Basic Corporate Finance, BUS ADM X430.1).
  • Proficiency with basic financial mathematics and an HP 12C (or HP 10b) calculator is important to your success. If you are unsure of your financial math skills and/or are unfamiliar with the HP 12c (or HP 10b) calculator, we highly recommend you take Basic Financial Mathematics and Financial Calculators, BUS ADM X1002 prior to taking Basic Corporate Finance BUS ADM X430.1 and Corporate Financial Analysis and Modeling BUS ADM X435.6.
  • There are no admission requirements, but a bachelor's degree is also strongly recommended.

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum consists of 4 required core courses, 3 required specialization courses, and 1 elective course for a total of 15 semester units (225 hours of instruction). Candidates must pay a nonrefundable certificate registration fee. You must choose one specialization and complete all of the required courses. You can complete both specializations, but you will need to register for each specialization.

All courses must be taken for a letter grade. To receive the certificate, you must maintain an overall minimum 2.5 grade point average, with a grade of C or better in each course. A Certificate with Distinction will be awarded to those who complete the certificate with a GPA of 3.7 or higher. All coursework must be completed within five years of registering for the certificate. Most students take one-and-a-half to two years to complete the certificate.

How to Register

By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum (domestic students only). To register online for the Certificate Program in Finance, complete these two steps:

  1. Submit the online registration, and complete your student account profile if you are a new student.
  2. Pay the nonrefundable registration fee through your shopping cart.

You may also send the mail-in registration form with your credit card information or personal check.

If you are an international student, you must apply to Evening Certificate Programs. Learn more.

Estimated Cost

Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The certificate has an estimated cost of $5,845 (not including course materials or registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.

Certificate and Award Request

Once you have completed the certificate coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your certificate. Send an email to extension-business@berkeley.edu or call (510) 642-4231. After your records have been reviewed, verified, and approved, your certificate will be sent to you in the mail. The review of your records is usually completed within six to eight weeks after you request the certificate.

Special Instructions for International Students

This certificate is approved for international students. International students must be officially accepted into UC Berkeley Extension’s Evening Certificate Programs before enrolling in any courses associated with this certificate. Apply now.

Advisory Board

Don Davis, M.B.A.
Corporate Finance Consultant

Eric Goldstein
Account Vice President, Wealth Management
UBS

John Gonzales, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor, Haas School of Business
UC Berkeley

Kirk Knapp, M.B.A., CFP
Emerald Management Advisers

Mitchell Smith
Managing Director
MDSCO Financial Advisers

Jeff Shen, Ph.D.
Managing Director, Head of Asia Equity
Barclays Global Investors

Winnie Sze
Proprietor
WSZE Training and Consulting

Victor Villagracia
Vice President, Investment Advisory Brokerage Service
UBS

Tony Yeh
Pacifica Consulting
Chair, Finance Advisory Board