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 who want to expand their current career prospects
  • Recent college graduates planning to pursue careers in the financial industry
  • Individuals looking for a career transition into a finance-related position
  • Students considering the CFA®, CMA®, and 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

About this program.

financial professional

This 5-course certificate program with an Ethics Seminar provides the fundamental finance curriculum that is designed to meet the market demand for qualified financial professionals. This program provides a platform of financial understanding on how banks and other financial institutions operate in a globalized economy, balance sheet and income statement analysis, ratio analysis, cash flow analysis, ethical considerations, and other skills required to be successful in a finance career.

Our Finance certificate is taught by industry experts who combine the latest in financial information with real-world experience. Courses in this certificate program are offered both online and in the classroom. The program can be completed 100% online. 

What our students say about our 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
MGMT X 433.01
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 432.3
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 430.135
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Ethics Requirement
MGMT 833.380
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

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.

Learn More

The Certificate in Finance is approved for international students (F-1 student visa).

International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting test scores from either TOEFL, IELTS or iTEP. Some applicants may be exempt from this requirement if certain criteria are met. 

English language proficiency (minimum*):

  • TOEFL iBT: 87
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5 
*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, or 5.1 on the iTEP Academic-Plus will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language courses.


Learn more:

Academic Requirements & English Language Proficiency

International Students: How to Apply

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