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Program Overview

The Financial Management Certificate, a natural outcome of the Graduate School’s MBA finance concentration, answers the rising demand for professionals with expertise in this aspect of business operations. The program builds valuable skills in financial management for new financial managers and for professionals who want to advance their careers or upgrade their competencies in the latest financial tools and techniques. Students learn from industry and academic leaders in small, interactive classes in a business-school setting conducive to professional networking. Instruction emphasizes dialogue and collaboration, while the curriculum prepares students to: 

  • Apply the fundamental tools of financial analysis, valuation, reporting, market analysis, project evaluation and risk-management to make decisions and solve problems for creating and maintaining firm value
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of corporate financial management in areas such as domestic and international budgeting, working capital, financing and dividend policy, mergers and acquisitions, financial institutions and international financial management
  • Effectively communicate financial information and strategies to various internal and external stakeholders
  • Understand the importance of ethics, integrity, professionalism, networking and lifelong learning for financial managers

Entrance Requirements

Students applying for the Financial Management Certificate program must have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA for admission. Applicants should submit an official transcript from the institution where their highest degree was conferred. In addition, students must complete a statement of intent of at most 250 words that describes their background experience and future goals. All documents should be sent directly to the Graduate School Office.

Core Requirements

Five foundation courses (15 credit hours) comprise the certificate program. Students who are admitted to the MBA program may apply certificate credits toward a master’s degree.

MGMT 553 Foundations of Accounting 3
MGMT 561 Financial Management 3
MGMT 576 Advanced Financial Management 3
MGMT 577 Investment and Portfolio Management OR  
ECMG 578 International Financial Management 3
MGMT 581 Financial Statement Analysis 3
Total Credits 15

Meet the Faculty

David Gurzick, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Management and Director of the MBA Program
gurzick@hood.edu
Professor Gurzick earned his doctorate in information systems from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Master of Science in computer science from Hood College. His research explores how online communities and other social media can be designed to enable meaningful reflection, promote competency awareness and building, and facilitate peer-to-peer support. Gurzick teaches management of information systems, analytical methods in management and social and ethical issues in management.

Anita Jose, Ph.D.
Professor of Management and Director of the M.B.A. Program 
ajose@hood.edu
Professor Jose earned a doctorate from the University of North Texas and Master of Business Administration and Master of Management degrees from the University of Dallas. She teaches courses in management policy, management theory and strategic management. She has presented many articles on business ethics and international management in national and international conferences and has published articles on these topics. She has served as a reviewer for many academic conferences and is on the editorial review board of SAM Advanced Management Journal. Jose consults with various organizations on planning and human resource management issues.

Sang Kim, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Economics and Management and Chair of the Department
kim@hood.edu
Professor Kim earned a doctorate in economics from The Pennsylvania State University. Kim’s specialization is in the areas of international finance, financial economics, applied time series and econometrics. He has consulted with various companies on sector studies of industries and on economic metric forecasting. He is a referee for Journal of Macroeconomics and Social and Economic Studies. Kim teaches classes in managerial economics, econometrics and foundations of economics.

Jerry Van Winter, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Marketing
vanwinter@hood.edu
Professor Winter earned a doctorate in marketing from The George Washington University, with a secondary concentration in organization behavior. His areas of interest include international marketing, services marketing and marketing strategy. Van Winter started his career in the telecommunications industry, and later served as first director of marketing and then president of a large computer software company. He currently teaches and consults in both the marketing and management areas. 

Tianning Li, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Finance
li@hood.edu
Professor Li earned his doctorate in Finance from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. His research interest includes capital structure, cost of capital, agency theory, entrepreneurship, and investment. Li teaches corporate finance and investment. Currently, he is working on determinants of non-publicly traded firms’ capital structure decisions.

Glen Weaver, DM
Assistant Professor of Accounting and Management
weaver@hood.edu
Professor Weaver earned his doctorate in management from the Case Western Reserve University and his M.B.A. and M.S. in finance from Loyola College. He teaches courses in accounting, finance and management. He spent 34 years in the banking industry, retiring as the senior vice president of financial process and development of Citigroup. Weaver’s research focuses on the study of employee behavior during periods of organizational crises. As a strong believer in community service, he volunteers his time on many community projects.