Certificate: Corporate Finance


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Program Description

Gain the skills to keep up in the fast-paced world of corporate finance and financial analytics with our full-time professional certificates. Learn how finance connects corporations to the economy and consumers, and how to use financial analytics to optimize business operations, transactions and corporate strategy. Put your skills to work with an internship at a leading company in San Francisco or Silicon Valley.

Explore the newest financial trends and technologies through our certificates, which can lead to a full diploma program. You'll learn how to build tools for directors and boards to seize business opportunities and build profitable strategies.

Start studying today to gain the skills employers need.

"The program gives you the practical skills to be more effective at your job. You learn about the effective way, what's going to work in a real-world application."

—Josh Fiedler, Private Wealth Manager at Merrill Private Wealth Management

Corporate Finance Certificate

Learn the principles of finance as practiced in the United States, with a special emphasis on corporate finance. Practice your skills on cases from current companies to understand the intricate link between an individual corporation, global economics and geopolitics.

Learn about all areas of corporate finance in order to measure and evaluate business performance and make strong financial decisions.

Receive a certificate upon completion and be eligible for an internship.

  • Length: 1 semester
  • Format: Full time
  • Prerequisite: 3 years undergrad
  • Internship Option: Yes
  • Award: Certificate
  • Cost: $11,000

Students must have a minimum of three years of undergraduate coursework for admission.
International students must meet English Language Proficiency requirements.


  • Understand how finance ties corporations to the economy
  • Manage financial operations and services within corporations

Core Courses

  • Basic Corporate Finance | BUS ADM X430.1
  • Intermediate Corporate Finance | BUS ADM X444.1
  • Applied Corporate Finance | BUS ADM X435.7
  • Business Valuation | BUS ADM X431.9

Bonus: Career Development (CEU)

Gain career orientation and hands-on training for successful job placement and career advancement. This special course includes workshops on soft skills, interview methods and technical skills, as well as personalized career coaching and professional network development.

Prepare for an Internship

With your Award of Completion in hand, you're ready to take part in an internship at a leading company in San Francisco or Silicon Valley!

Start Working Through an Internship or OPT

"Be ready to work hard and have one of the best experiences of your life."
—Instructor John Gonzales

Industry Growth
19% growth rate through 2026 for financial managers.

"Students share things about their countries and how business is conducted in different parts of the world."
—Instructor Patricia Muscatelli


If you successfully complete the Corporate Finance or Financial Analytics certificate—or both—you can start working through a three-month internship at a leading San Francisco or Silicon Valley company!

  • Put your newfound skills to work
  • Gain work experience
  • Build connections
  • Expand your network

You'll see firsthand how a U.S. business runs, giving you a competitive edge when you're ready to land a full-time position in Corporate Finance or Financial Analytics.

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Optional Practical Training is an opportunity for those studying in the United States with an F-1 visa to apply their knowledge with practical work experience. If you successfully complete both the Corporate Finance and Financial Analytics certificates, you'll be eligible to apply for paid temporary work authorization in the U.S., also known as Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Imagine yourself analyzing financial data for a company. Interpreting various sources of data to build a financial strategy. Or applying financial decisions to ensure a company's global success.

With OPT, you can apply everything you've learned to real-world projects and gain valuable work experience.

Our graduates are working at top companies, including:

  • Salesforce
  • Adobe
  • SAP
  • Apple
  • IBM
  • Google
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Intuit
  • Macy's

Your Classroom

San Francisco: Located in the bustling downtown area.

UC Berkeley Extension
San Francisco Campus
160 Spear St., Floors 5, 6 and 7
San Francisco, CA 94105

Program Requirements for International Students

Online Information Session

This program is structured so that international students can fulfill their Visa requirements for full-time study, as well as have the opportunity to be eligible for internships and Optional Practical Training (OPT).

English Proficiency Requirements

International applicants must submit official evidence of English-language proficiency. Sometimes exceptions to this requirement are made. Please note that the submission of language proficiency scores or other forms of verification does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Scores must be from the past two years.

English Language Test Minimum Score for Professional Diploma Program
IELTS Academic Format 7
Cambridge C1 Advanced
TEM-4 or TEM-8 70

Don't meet these requirements? Email internationaladmissions@berkeley.edu to learn more about other options.

Program Requirement

Because this is a cohort-based program and full-time attendance is required to maintain your visa status, you must attend all scheduled courses.

F-1 Visa Application and F-1 Transfer Process

If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States, you must apply for an F-1 student visa to attend this program. Non-U.S. citizens with a visitor visa (B-1, B-2) or under the Visa Waiver Program are not permitted to engage in full-time study. Your acceptance packet includes the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) verifying that you have been admitted for full-time study.

If you are an F-1 student at a different U.S. institution, you must complete the F-1 transfer process to attend this full-time program. The transfer must be initiated by your current school.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

UC Berkeley Extension is an academic department within UC Berkeley and is located just a few blocks away from the main campus. This department offers short-term programming for international students ... Read More

UC Berkeley Extension is an academic department within UC Berkeley and is located just a few blocks away from the main campus. This department offers short-term programming for international students who want to study at Berkeley. We do not offer degrees. Instead, after you complete your studies with us, you’ll receive a certificate of completion, a transcript and the opportunity to transfer academic credits to your home university. For those of you who are working professionals, our programs will provide you with in-depth skills and learning that you can apply to your current position or a new job in the workplace. Read less
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