Financial Decision Making

Financial Management and Decision-Making

Curriculum Details for the Financial Management and Decision-Making Certificate

Courses in the Financial Management and Decision-Making certificate help prepare learners to launch a career in finance, build a core business management framework, or prepare for a graduate program. This program can be completed fully online, in person, or as a combination of both.

Financial Decision Making curriculum

Financial Management and Decision-Making Curriculum

Financial Management and Decision-Making students engage with essential finance theory and skills as they complete their three required core courses and two electives. 

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*Financial Accounting must be completed before Corporate Finance

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

Financial Management students 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

Program Structure and Online and In-person Class Formats:

  • 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
  • Two-Part, Day-Long Workshop Series: 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 current students. Completing both parts of each workshop is equivalent to one full elective in the certificate. View available Financial Decision Making workshops. 


  • 8 weeks course length
  • Online classes meet once a week for eight weeks
  • Weekly live class sessions, offered weekday evenings or Saturday mornings
  • Between the weekly synchronous sessions, participants complete required readings, assignments, and self-study activities


  • In-person classes meet once a week for 8 weeks on weekday evenings (6–9 p.m.) at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago


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