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Online Certificate in Financial Operations

Online Certificate in Financial Operations

The online Certificate of Proficiency in Financial Operations prepares students for entry into the financial and securities industry with the option of preparing to sit for the FINRA Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) exam.   

The 16-credit undergraduate certificate develops a knowledge base of customer service, software applications, foundational accounting and finance as well as securities focused portfolio selection and risk management, and investment strategies and portfolio analysis. 

Upon completion of the certificate, students are encouraged to enroll in the Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) preparation course. Passing the SIE exam demonstrates that you possess basic industry knowledge and the ability to pass additional FINRA exams, which are critical to professional advancement in the sector. SIE is the first exam required to sit for additional FINRA certifications, such as Series 6 and Series 7, which are required for professional advancement in the field of finance and securities.

Peirce awards 3 credits for passing the SIE exam. 

This means you can earn 19 credits for the SIE credential and the undergraduate certificate in Financial Operations.

 

The Certificate in Financial Operations is also:

TUITION & ESTIMATED TIME TO COMPLETE

  • Tuition for the Certificate in Project Management is $7,800
  • Students should be able to complete the certificate in as little as 6-9 months
  • Students can transfer 3 credits that can be applied to the certificate 

Program at a Glance:

Credits:

16

Format:

100% online & stackable

Transfer Credits:

Apply up to 3 transfer credits to this certificate

Time to Complete:

6-9 months; transfer credits can reduce completion time

Tuition:

$7,800; transfer credits can reduce tuition cost
($600 per credit x 13 credits; No cost for 3 credits earned via Coursera)

See if you qualify for a corporate discount.


*Tuition is based on 2021-2022 tuition and does not include fees or books.

Emergency Student Aid

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Curriculum for Certificate in Financial Operations 

Certificate of Proficiency in Financial Operations – Minimum Total Credits: 16

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:
PRCPRC 100 or PRC 101*1
MGT 114 Essentials of Customer Service3
BIS 111Applied Software Fundamentals 3
ACC 105Fundamentals of Accounting 3
FIN 105 Fundamentals of Finance 3
Courses taken via Coursera**

Portfolio Selection & Risk Management (5-week course)

Investment Strategies & Portfolio Analysis (3-week course)

3

*Students who place into developmental education courses and/or who have completed fewer than 15 credits are required to enroll in the Student Success Seminar, PRC 100.

**Students will earn three credits for completing the two designated courses offered through Coursera. There are not costs for students to take these courses. Students access these courses via the College's learning management system. 

To enroll in this certificate program, students must be eligible for placement in college-level English. Additionally, students without foundational business knowledge and math may benefit from taking additional Business courses.

Please consult Academic Advising for the best path forward

LEARNING OUTCOMES 

  1. Explain key elements of successful customer service
  2. Integrate general accounting and finance principles with software applications.
  3. Describe different investment strategies.
  4. Demonstrate efficient portfolio management best practices.
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