Learn core aspects of financial theory and practice. This certificate is the foundation needed for students to meet the market demand for qualified financial professionals and a great starting point to advance your finance career. Formats: Online | In-Person

This program is perfect for...

  • Working financial professionals seeking to expand their career prospects
  • Recent college graduates planning to pursue careers in the financial industry
  • Individuals interested in transitioning into finance-related positions
  • Students considering the CFA®, CMA® and financial planning and analysis (FP&A) certifications

What you can learn.

  • Cultivate an improved understanding of corporate finance, financial forecasting and capital structures
  • Gain expertise in areas such as investment analysis, portfolio management and capital markets
  • Understand how banks and other financial institutions operate in a globalized world
  • Learn balance sheet and income statement analysis, ratio analysis and cash flow analysis

Qualified financial professionals are in demand.

financial professional

Our five-course Finance Certificate program was designed to meet the market need for qualified financial professionals. Taught by industry experts who combine the latest in financial information with real-world experience, this fundamentals program covers how banks and other financial institutions operate in a globalized economy. Students are immersed in balance sheet and income statement analysis, ratio analysis, cash flow analysis, ethical considerations, and other skills required for a successful career in the field.

Duration: 6 months (full-time), 1 year (part-time)
Formats: Online or In-Person


This program provides a foundation for building your own customizable training; it can be stacked with the following certificates:

What this certificate has done for our students.


feel the certificate helped them enhance their careers

1 in 2

received a salary increase after starting the certificate


switched careers after completing the certificate program


recommend the certificate program to others

Source: UCLA Extension Certificate Graduates Survey


Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Required Courses
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 430.135
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 432.3
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 433.01
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Summer
Ethics Requirement
MGMT 833.380
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

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Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


Estimated program textbook/materials


*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

An internship in finance is an opportunity to gain practical experience with leading firms and companies covering a variety of finance and investment-related job functions for a minimum of 120 hours. 

Internships are available to current Finance Certificate students who have have completed a minimum of five courses from the program's curriculum.

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This certificate is approved for international students (F-1 student visa).

Students participating in courses offered solely by UCLA Extension must meet the English Language Requirements outlined below. Any international student interested in taking classes on UCLA’s main campus must adhere to the English Requirements outlined for UCLA courses.

Acceptable tests and minimum scores

Scores that are equal to or higher than the listed minimum scores from the following tests, taken within the past two years, can satisfy the English proficiency requirement.

  • TOEFL: 80 (iBT)
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • iTEP: 4.5
  • CAE: B (CEFR C1)
  • CPE: C (CEFR C2)
  • TOEIC: 685
  • DUOLINGO (DET): 105

While no other type of test score is accepted in general, students who are affected by test center closures may request an exception to submit an alternate test score.

International Baccalaureates (IB) students or students currently enrolled in an academic institution where the primary language of instruction is English may submit an official academic transcript or verification of enrollment from their school as proof of English proficiency.

Learn more:

International Students: How to Apply

Academic Requirements & English Language Proficiency

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