Program Structure and Timeline

Courses in the Financial Decision Making certificate help prepare learners to launch a career in finance, build a core business management framework, or prepare for a graduate program. The goals of the Financial Decision Making program are that every learner will effectively:

  • Use the terminology, tools, and techniques of financial accounting and corporate finance
  • Prepare and analyze financial statements and understand their implications
  • Think critically and be able to analyze the basics of business management as it applies to various industries

All classes are held in person at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago. Classes meet once a week on weekday evenings for 8 to 10 weeks (6–9 p.m.). 

  • Students can complete the certificate in as little as two quarters
  • Class sizes are small, ranging from 10 to 20 students per course
  • Earn the certificate by completing three required courses and two electives

The FDM Resource Guide, a self-paced resource guide hosted in Canvas, is available at no cost to students throughout the completion of the certificate.

In response to our professional development audience that has expressed an interest in short, specialized offerings, a new workshop series was launched in autumn 2017. These specialized workshops come as a series of two full-day training sessions offered in person at the Gleacher Center. They are open to the general public as well as our current students. The completion of both parts of each workshop is equivalent to one full elective in specific programs. View available Financial Decision Making workshops. 


Professionals will engage with essential finance theory and skills as they complete their three required core courses and two electives. Visit the courses page to learn more about courses.

Core Courses

Course Title Course Code Location
Financial Accounting* FIND11100 Gleacher Center
Corporate Finance* FIND11200 Gleacher Center
Principles of Economics     FIND21100     Gleacher Center

*Financial Accounting must be completed before Corporate Finance

Plus Two Electives

Course Title Course Code Location
Managerial Analysis: Tools for Better Decisions FIND21200 Gleacher Center
Securities and Portfolios FIND21300 Gleacher Center
Behavioral Economics FIND21500 Gleacher Center