Graduate Certificate in Financial Management

United International Business Schools

Program Description

Graduate Certificate in Financial Management

United International Business Schools

Graduate Certificate programs in Financial Management consist of a minimum of 12 European credits and take 1 academic year of 9 to 12 months of part-time studies to complete (3 to 4 quarters).

Program requirements

  • Total 12 credits
  • Courses (GCCOMxxx) 12 credits / 6 courses

CORE COURSES IN FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

GCCFM501 - Financial Statement Analysis

To make rational decisions, managers must have analytical tools. To negotiate effectively for outside funds, one needs to be attuned to all aspects of financial analysis that outside suppliers of venture capital use in evaluating the firm. The useful tools of financial analysis and planning are the subjects of this course. Balance sheets, income statements, the use of financial ratios, trend analysis, common size and index analysis form the base for discussion.

GCCFM502 - Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis

In this course we explore the impact on profitability of both operating and financial leverage. Break-even analysis, together with the degree of operating leverage (DOL) and business risk are considered thoroughly. Also, EBIT-EPS break-even, the degree of financial leverage (DFL), and financial risk are discussed in detail. The degree of total leverage (DTL) and total company risk also form an integral part of the course.

GCCFM503 – Budgeting

Budgets are an important tool for effective planning and control in every organization. In this course, we describe the purpose of a budget and we distinguish a budget from a forecast and from a strategic plan. Also, the different types of budgets are considered. The process of budget preparation, together with the management control of operations, and the appraisal of operations, are also studied in depth. Variance analysis problems and comprehensive case studies guarantee a contemporary and practical approach to budgeting.

GCCFM504 - International Financial Management

Managers of most companies must be sensitive to the international aspects of business finance. In this course, we highlight the dimension of multiple currencies and show that foreign exchange risk is a major risk to which international businesses are exposed. Effective strategies for the reduction of foreign exchange risk and direct foreign investment are discussed.

GCCFM505 - Mathematics of Finance

This course provides an introduction to the Mathematics of Finance, focusing on interest, annuities, amortization and sinking funds, bonds, capital budgeting, depreciation, contingent payments, and insurance.

GCCFM506 - Working Capital Management

Managing an organization’s working capital is a continuous activity that ensures that sufficient financial resources are available to continue operations. This involves a number of activities related to the analysis of funds flows and financial forecasting. Among the questions considered are: How much cash and inventory should we keep on hand? Should we sell on credit? What credit terms should we offer and to whom should we extend them? How and where should we obtain short-term financing? Should we purchase on credit or should we borrow short-term and pay cash?

GCCFM507 - Mergers and Acquisitions

External growth is an essential requirement for the success and viability of many organizations. The main idea behind mergers and acquisitions is to create extra value for the shareholders. Strategic acquisitions, (hostile) takeovers, tender offers, strategic alliances and divestiture are thoroughly considered. Also, corporate restructuring, sell-offs, spin-offs, and leveraged buyouts form an integral part of the course.

GCCFM508 - Capital Budgeting

This course provides a detailed coverage of the essential Capital Budgeting evaluation techniques, such as the payback method (P.M.), net present value (N.P.V.), the profitability index (P.I.), and the internal rate of return (I.R.R.).

Admission requirements

proficiency in the English language (refer to the admission section for further details)

Bachelor degree (or equivalent)

  • No distinction is made between academic or professional Bachelor degrees.
  • Degrees with 180 European credits or 120 American semester credits are considered equivalent.
  • Students who do not hold a business-related Bachelor degree or equivalent may be required to complete an inbound assessment test prior to starting the graduate program, and, depending on the results, earn an additional number of credits in leveling courses from the Pre-Master program in order to be fully prepared for our graduate programs.
  • Students who do not hold a Bachelor degree or equivalent should apply for a Bachelor degree program, or for the Undergraduate Diploma top-up program. Refer to the undergraduate admissions catalog for further details. Students who have 15 or more years of relevant work experience may apply directly for the Pre-Master program and will be required to complete an inbound assessment test prior to starting the graduate program, and, depending on the results, earn an additional number of credits in specific undergraduate courses.

e.g. Students who wish to earn a Master degree and who are required to complete the full Pre-Master program will need to earn 30 + 60 credits.

CAREER PERSPECTIVES

Our study programs and courses are career-oriented in nature and provide students with a high level of flexibility throughout their graduate studies. Focusing on a broad range of specialized subject matters, students are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to be successful in today’s global economy, and are prepared for a wide variety of professional development and career opportunities.

Graduate programs are an excellent choice for recent college and university graduates who would like to see their employability in today's job market increase by engaging in rigorous and academically challenging graduate studies to obtain a relevant academic qualification in the field of business and management.

Upon graduation, students mainly start or advance their careers with mid to upper-level management positions in national and multinational companies and organizations in various economic sectors. Others decide to launch a new business venture or join an existing family business. Students can also choose to continue their studies without interruption in almost any of our other graduate and postgraduate programs to further enhance their career prospects.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated November 4, 2016
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