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Finance Certificate of Graduate Study

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The Finance Certificate of Graduate Study (COGS) offers students the opportunity to pursue quantitative and analytical concepts and tools that are valuable in corporate, non-profit, and personal finance settings. The Finance COGS is a valuable stand-alone credential for those seeking to refresh skills in their current finance-related roles. The Finance COGS program can also serve as a micro-credential on the way toward earning a graduate degree, allowing students to sample content prior to being formally admitted into Rowan’s Master of Finance (MSF) or Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a Finance Area of Concentration.

The Finance COGS is also ideal for those who have not yet taken the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) as GMAT scores are not a requirement for admission to the COGS program. Students who wish to later pursue the MS Finance or MBA programs at Rowan may have all COGS credits transferred into one of these degree programs.

For students considering the Finance COGS program as an interim step on the way to a degree, it’s valuable to consider the type of career paths each degree affords. The MS Finance prepares students for financial analyst and financial planner positions in corporations and financial institutions, as well as the premier certification exams for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP). An MBA with a finance concentration can offer a wide range of jobs across various industries. For example, in the corporate finance area, potential jobs might include chief financial officer, financial manager, corporate controller, accounting manager, or risk manager; it is also possible to pursue a career path in financial service industries in roles such as managers or VPs in banking, mutual fund, or insurance companies.

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The Certificate of Graduate Study in Finance is a part-time program offered face-to-face at our Glassboro, NJ campus. It requires the completion of 9 graduate semester hours (3 courses).

  • 3 Courses / 9 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: Yes
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: No
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 9 S.H.
FIN 04511 Quantitative Methods in Finance 3
ACC 03510 Financial Statement Analysis 3
FIN 04500 Financial Decision Making 3
FIN 04600 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management 3
FIN 04530 Multinational Finance Management 3
FIN 04518 Derivative Securities and Financial Risk Management 3
FIN 04560 Fixed Income Securities 3
FIN 04520 Financial Modeling 3
FIN 04505 Advanced Financial Planning 3
FIN 04540 Financial Institutions Management 3
FIN 04512 Capital Budgeting 3
FIN 04516 Issues in Finance 3
FIN 04510 Independent Study - Finance 3

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives
    • Provide reasons for pursuing the program. Describe how you might use this program to advance your career (educational goals beyond the master's level, if applicable, are also relevant).
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.8 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Eligible applicants must have successfully completed the following undergraduate foundation courses at an accredited institution with a minimum grade of “C”.

    • FC-1. Calculus Techniques & Applications
    • FC-2. Statistics I
    • FC-3. Foundations of Accounting OR Principles of Accounting I & II
    • FC-4. Principles of Econ: A Survey OR Microeconomics and Macroeconomics
    • FC-6. Principles of Finance (Must be completed at a four-year institution)
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