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.   

Earn This Certificate for Less 
For a limited time, Peirce is offering special, discounted tuition of $350 per credit for new students who enroll in an undergraduate certificate. This is more than 40% less than our regular undergraduate tuition. Tuition for the Financial Operations certificate is $4,550 (does not include fees or books).

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:


  • Special, limited-time tuition for this certificate is $4,550, which is more than 40% less than our regular undergraduate tuition
  • 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:




100% online & stackable

Transfer Credits:

Apply up to 6 transfer credits (including FIN 204 taken through Coursera) to this certificate.

Time to Complete:

6-9 months; transfer credits can reduce completion time


($350 per credit x 13 credits; No cost for 3 credits earned via Coursera)

*Based on special, limited-time tuition of $350 per credit for new students who enroll in an undergraduate certificate (does not include fees or books).

Emergency Student Aid

Emergency Student Aid grants are available for Peirce students. Grants can be used to pay off balances, cover tuition, buy books, and for all costs of attendance, including food, rent, childcare, and transportation. Learn more.

Curriculum for Certificate in Financial Operations 

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

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
FIN 204

Financial Operations (Coursera)


*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.

To enroll in this certificate program, students must be eligible for placement in college-level English. 

Please consult Academic Advising for the best path forward


  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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