Center for Continuing and Professional Education

Corporate Finance

Corporate Finance


Ideal for Professionals responsible for financial reporting and auditing, federal agency employees with regulatory responsibilities, and prospective business school students or those considering the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam.
Program Format Courses typically meet on Friday evenings and Saturdays at our downtown Washington, D.C. campus. Occasionally, courses may meet on weekdays during the day or evening.
Program Length Seven courses over one semester. Students are not required to enroll continuously and have up to two years to complete the program.
Program Cost Tuition is $895.00 per course. Total program tuition for all seven courses is $6,265.00. Most course materials are included.

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Start Date Corporate Finance courses are open enrollment and offered throughout the year. Students are encouraged to complete the courses in sequence. Please see course schedule below for the next start date.

Program Overview

The Certificate in Corporate Finance program is designed to introduce students to the theory and practice of corporate finance as well as foundational tools and techniques for sound financial analysis and decision-making. Taught by academics and experienced financial practitioners, the Certificate in Corporate Finance program focuses on the core functions of a corporate financial manager, including risk management in the context of risk and return. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding the Time Value of Money (TVoM), including future and present values concepts; interest rates as indicators of the price of money in the market; and basic risk measurement tools such as standard deviation and Beta.

Students will gain an in-depth understanding of core financial concepts and practices, financial statement analysis, the discounted cash flow (DCF) methodology (using TVoM), different types of financing, and the net present value (NPV) method for projects analysis. Students will also review cash management processes and build financial models.

Students interested in budgeting, cost management, and internal controls may wish to consider the Certificate in Budget & Finance.

Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the basics of corporate finance and main tools for decision-making.
  • Construct financial statements including the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows, including how they are inter-related.
  • Read and interpret basic and complex financial statements for decision-making
  • Compute financial calculations such as future values (FV) and present values (PV), including FV and PV of annuities, as well as discounted cash flow (using Time Value of Money).
  • Understand the basics of risk and return relationship.
  • Compute standard deviation and utilize the outcome for decision-making.
  • Understand the concept of Beta and utilize it for decision-making.
  • Compute the Net Present Value (for project analysis).
  • Understand the basic techniques of cash management.
  • Build financial models for analysis and forecasting.

Certificate Requirements

To receive the Certificate in Corporate Finance from Georgetown University, students must successfully complete five (5) required and two (2) elective courses for a total of 12.60 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), which is equivalent to 126.0 contact hours. All seven courses must be completed within a two-year period.

  Course Name Course Type CEUs
1 Business Accounting Required 1.80
2 Principles of Finance Required 1.80
3 Financial Modeling in Excel Required 1.80
4 Financial Statement Analysis Required 1.80
5 International Finance Required 1.80
6 Elective 1 Elective 1.80
7 Elective 2 Elective 1.80
Total 5 Required Courses + 2 Elective Courses   12.60
 
See below for course schedules and registration information.

Program Prerequisites

  • Program participants must have a bachelor's degree or the equivalent.
  • Students must also have a laptop computer with Microsoft Excel for all courses.

International Students

Georgetown University cannot sponsor student visas for non-credit professional certificate programs, however, international students who enter the U.S. on a valid visa are eligible to enroll in courses. For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions. A TOEFL examination for non-native speakers of English is not required but students are expected to read, write and comprehend English at the graduate level to fully participate in and gain from the program.

How to Enroll

This certificate is an open enrollment program. No application is required and registration is available by clicking the course links below. Course registration is complete when payment is processed and you receive a confirmation email.

Required:

Business Accounting
Financial Modeling in Excel
Financial Statement Analysis
International Finance
Principles of Finance

Elective:

Business Statistics
Capital Markets and Valuations
Risk Management & Hedging


Course Schedule

Course Name Semester and Section
Required  Fall 2016Spring 2017
Financial Statement Analysis Enrollment closed
Section 01
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Oct 14, 2016 to Oct 21, 2016
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Oct 15, 2016 to Oct 22, 2016
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Not currently scheduled
Section 01
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Feb 10, 2017 to Feb 24, 2017
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Feb 11, 2017 to Feb 25, 2017
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Required Fall 2016Spring 2017
International Finance Enrollment closed
Section 01
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Oct 28, 2016 to Nov 04, 2016
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Oct 29, 2016 to Nov 05, 2016
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Not currently scheduled
Section 01
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
May 05, 2017 to May 12, 2017
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
May 06, 2017 to May 13, 2017
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Required Fall 2016Spring 2017
Financial Modeling in Excel Enrollment closed
Section 01
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Nov 11, 2016 to Nov 18, 2016
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Nov 12, 2016 to Nov 19, 2016
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Not currently scheduled
Section 01
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Mar 31, 2017 to Apr 07, 2017
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Apr 01, 2017 to Apr 08, 2017
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Required Fall 2016Spring 2017
Business Accounting Enrollment closed Not currently scheduled
Section 01
Wed, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Jan 25, 2017 to Feb 01, 2017
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jan 28, 2017 to Feb 04, 2017
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Section 02
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
May 19, 2017 to Jun 02, 2017
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
May 20, 2017 to Jun 03, 2017
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Required Fall 2016Spring 2017
Principles of Finance Enrollment closed Not currently scheduled
Section 01
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Mar 03, 2017 to Mar 10, 2017
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Mar 04, 2017 to Mar 11, 2017
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Section 02
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Apr 21, 2017 to Apr 28, 2017
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Apr 22, 2017 to Apr 29, 2017
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Elective  Fall 2016Spring 2017
Business Statistics Enrollment closed
Section 01
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Oct 28, 2016 to Nov 04, 2016
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Oct 29, 2016 to Nov 05, 2016
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Not currently scheduled
Section 01
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Mar 17, 2017 to Mar 24, 2017
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Mar 18, 2017 to Mar 25, 2017
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Elective Fall 2016Spring 2017
Capital Markets and Valuations Enrollment closed
Section 01
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Dec 02, 2016 to Dec 09, 2016
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Dec 03, 2016 to Dec 10, 2016
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Not currently scheduled
Section 01
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Apr 21, 2017 to Apr 28, 2017
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Apr 22, 2017 to Apr 29, 2017
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Elective Fall 2016Spring 2017
Risk Management & Hedging Enrollment closed Not currently scheduled
Section 01
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Mar 17, 2017 to Mar 24, 2017
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Mar 18, 2017 to Mar 25, 2017
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Section 101
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Apr 21, 2017 to Apr 28, 2017
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Apr 22, 2017 to Apr 29, 2017
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
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