Undergraduate Finance Certificate

Undergraduate Finance Certificate

Finance Certificate Program

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

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. 

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

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Complete the entire program in ONE summer!  

Summer 2024 Dates: 

June 3rd, 2024 – August 7th, 2024

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.

Not an Eller BSBA major? Check out the Finance Minor!

Program Pre-Requisites

Professional Admission

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. 

Pre-requisite Course

Students will complete one of the following courses prior to the summer coursework:

FIN 311 Introduction to Finance or FIN 360 Quantitative Financial Management 

When Can I Take Pre-Reqs?

Pre-requisite courses can be taken during the Fall and Spring semesters. Students can enroll in these two courses through UAccess. 

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Finance Certificate Core Courses

The Finance Certificate is only offered during the summer semester and all courses are online iCourses.

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

Summer Session I 

  • FIN 302 Personal Investing

Summer Session II 

  • FIN 303 Small Business Finance
  • FIN 304 Real Estate Principles

Certificate Course Descriptions

Personal Investing is a course focusing on the investment decision from the perspective of the individual, rather than the institutional investor. Coverage begins with discussion of establishing investment objectives and review of market efficiency. Additional course topics include risk and the principles of portfolio diversification, asset allocation, fixed income assets, equity assets, mutual funds, portfolio strategies and performance evaluation. Sources of investing information are also discussed.

Units: 3

Offered: Summer Session I

Small Business Finance is a course on the financial management of small businesses - sole proprietorships, partnerships, and small private corporations. The purposes of the course is to prepare the student to effectively plan, research, acquire, and utilize financing for a small business. Among the topics covered are economic concepts in finance; small business management functions; business organizations; elements of a business plan; financial statement analysis and forecasting; break-even analysis; working capital management; and risk management.

Units: 3

Offered: Summer Session II

Real Estate Principles covers real estate essentials including property rights, legal concepts, regulation of real estate, real estate evaluation and financing.

Units: 3

Offered: Summer Session II


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 2024 cohort and you are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Students must be accepted to the finance certificate through an application process. Applications are reviewed periodically by our Admission Committee and students can expect an admission decision within a couple weeks of applying. There is no application fee.

For questions regarding your application, please email Kate Freyermuth (katefreyermuth@arizona.edu)

  • Early Application deadline: December 1, 2023
  • Final deadline: April 30, 2024 *EXTENDED*

Summer 2024 Finance Certificate Application


Virtual drop-in advising meetings are held on the third Monday of every month via Zoom 

Upcoming meetings:  

March 18th from 2 pm – 3 pm

April 15th from 2 pm – 3 pm

May 20th from 2 pm – 3 pm


Frequently Asked Questions

Early Application deadline: December 1, 2023 

Final deadline: April 1, 2024 

The Summer 2024 Finance Certificate program will run from June 3rd – August 7th 

Summer Session I: June 3rd – July 3rd  

Summer Session II: July 8th – August 7th  

The Finance Certificate is only open to Eller BSBA majors. Non-BSBA students interested in complementing their major with Finance coursework should check out the Finance Minor. 


Prior to being accepted into the Finance Certificate program, all students must have been admitted to an Eller BSBA major other than Finance through the Professional Admissions process. Additionally, students must complete one Finance pre-requisite course prior to the start of the summer session. Students will take either FIN 311 or FIN 360 depending on their major.   

Yes, all students must complete either FIN 311 or FIN 360 to be eligible for admission.   

The pre-requisite course needs to be completed prior to the start of the summer semester. 

All Finance certificate courses are asynchronous online over the summer session allowing students to complete the program alongside internships, jobs, or other programs.  

The Finance Certificate does not currently have a study abroad option, but the asynchronous online modality of the summer courses would allow students to complete the program alongside a separate study abroad program. 

At this time, we only offer the core Finance Certificate courses (FIN 302 – FIN 304) during the summer semester.  

Cost of the program varies depending on a few factors including the number of units taken but the average program costs for Summer 2023 was approximately $5,500. Summer 2024 tuition cost can be estimated with the University Tuition Calculator (Select Summer semester, Main Campus, Undergraduate, and Eller College: Undergraduate, then Results). 

For more information about summer financial aid, please refer to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid’s Summer Financial Aid page.   

For More Information

For more information about the finance certificate, please contact Kate Freyermuth, Finance Program Coordinator.