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
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.
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
|MGMT 561 Financial Management
|MGMT 576 Advanced Financial Management
|MGMT 577 Investment and Portfolio Management OR
|ECMG 578 International Financial Management
|MGMT 581 Financial Statement Analysis
Meet the Faculty
David Gurzick, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Management and Director of the MBA Program
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
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
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
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
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
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.