Undergraduate Finance Certificate


Available fully online in Summer 2021

The finance certificate is a customized 9-unit program available to Eller BSBA non-finance major students. The curriculum is designed with three of four core courses to be taken during the summer.

Three of the four summer finance minor courses are now offered online, with the option of taking Summer 1 courses in person (based on public health status as available in Spring 2021).

Eller BSBA major students: Earn a certificate in a discipline that employers value and will prepare you for your financial future. Learn how the stock market works, how real estate markets work, how companies make rational decisions and how to financially manage a small company. What better complement to a business major than a certificate in finance?

The finance certificate helps students create value in any type of business, non-profit or government organization. The program will broaden a student’s learning experiences and professional opportunities by providing training in financial topics and analysis. 

Residency in Tucson is optional if completing three finance certificate courses. Online courses are offered in summer I and summer II for any finance certificate student. On campus, in-person courses are also expected to be offered for summer I classes.

This finance certificate elective courses include Principles of Financial Management, Personal Investing, Small Business Finance and Real Estate Principles. Students learn basic concepts through lectures and case studies.

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Program Benefits

The Finance Certificate Program can be a valuable addition to your major course of study. Instructors with academic and experiential credentials will provide the instruction. The finance skills offered in the program may be utilized in a variety of careers related to all non-finance degrees.

Guaranteed Registration: You can be registered in the finance elective courses so that completion of the certificate is not dependent on gaining admission to the needed classes that might be closed.

Fast Completion: After taking the required major cohort courses, the finance certificate electives will be completed in one summer of full-time attendance.

Commitments: The Finance Department will make it possible for admitted students to complete the Finance certificate in one summer. As a finance certificate student, you must commit to registering for the three elective courses in one summer.

Download 2021 Finance Certificate Brochure

Course Requirements and Schedule

Prerequisite Requirement 

Students must have been admitted to the Eller Upper Division BSBA Professional Program through the Professional Admissions process and are completing a major other than Finance. 

Prior to Finance Summer Elective Coursework:

  • FIN 311. Introduction to Finance or
    FIN 360. Quantitative Financial Management 

*Can take FIN 311 during pre-session prior to Finance Elective coursework if course is not already complete. 

Students will complete three of the following four courses offered during Summer I and Summer II sessions. 

Summer Session 1 
(Course format will be decided in late spring 2021, based on public health status.*)

  • FIN 301. Principles of Financial Management (*Update: changing to Live Online with set meeting times)
  • FIN 302. Personal Investing (*Update: changing to Live Online with set meeting times)

Summer Session II 

  • FIN 303. Small Business Finance (online)
  • FIN 304. Real Estate Principles (online)

Finance Certificate Course Descriptions


The summer cost of the finance certificate is based on Arizona resident tuition for all students, whether you are an Arizona resident or an out-of-state resident. Students generally take 9 to 12 units during the summer to complete the certificate requirements. Tuition cost is available at the UA Bursar's Office website here.


Admission to the program is competitive. An application, is required to be considered for the certificate. (See application below.)

Several criteria will be considered in the application process: grade point average, class standing, performance in quantitative courses, etc. There are seats available for the Summer 2021 cohort and you are encouraged to apply.

For more information about the Finance Certificate Program, please email the Joelle Good, director of academic affairs, Finance Department: financeinfo@email.arizona.edu

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Students must be accepted to the finance minor through an application process.

  • Early Application deadline: November 13, 2020
  • Normal deadline: March 19, 2021

Acknowledge your understanding of the following program requirements by signing below:

  • The Finance Certificate program is one summer program which will be completed during pre-session (if FIN 311 is needed), summer 1, and summer 2 of the same year.  The student makes the commitment to enroll for and complete three finance certificate courses during a single summer, as required to complete the certificate.
  • FIN 311 or FIN 360, will be taken prior to the finance elective courses in the certificate program.
  • The student acknowledges that six units is a full load for summer sessions 1 and 2, and that three units is a full load for pre-session.
  • The University of Arizona does not allow double dipping of a course for more than one major or minor. With prior approval, you may take the fourth finance certificate elective available during the summer sessions. See Eller Finance Advisor for options and approval.