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Principles of Finance, Postgraduate Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
University rank #3 (QS) , MA,
Understand the language of finance, learn to interpret and communicate important financial information, and gain knowledge in key areas such as budgeting, investment, shareholder value, and risk. Through the Principles of Finance professional graduate certificate from Harvard University, you gain the ability to use financial information to make business decisions.


The Principles of Finance professional graduate certificate is offered by Harvard University.

Key learning outcomes:
  • Enhance your knowledge of the tools and analysis methods used in business, finance, and the economy through accounting, finance, and economics.
  • Learn the accounting principles required for informed managerial decisions, such as cost terminology, cost behavior, cost systems, activity-based costing, budgeting, cost-volume-profit analysis, cost estimating, variance analysis, and responsibility accounting.
  • Develop knowledge of the agents, instruments, and institutions that make up the financial system of the modern economy, such as bonds, the stock market, derivatives, and the money market.
  • Develop an understanding of economic principles and methods, such as microeconomic theory, market theory, optimization, bargaining theory, externalities, and how they apply to business and the economy.
  • Gain expertise in a focused topic area, such as capital markets and investments, investment banking, valuation, risk management, and nonprofit financial management.
Earning the certificate

To meet the requirements for the certificate, you must:

  • Complete four certificate courses for graduate credit.
  • Earn at least a B grade in each course.
  • Complete the courses within three years.

Programme Structure

The professional graduate certificate in Principles of Finance requires four courses:

  • Finance (choose one course from select group)
  • Accounting (choose one course from select group)
  • Economics (choose one course from select group)
  • Elective (choose one course from select group)
Courses Include:
  • Principles of Economics
  • Microeconomic Theory
  • Foundations of Real-World Economics
  • Microfinance: Financial Services for the Poor
  • The Economics of Emerging Markets: Asia and Eastern Europe
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • The Economics of Financial Markets
  • Monetary Policy After the Financial Crisis
  • Economics of Business
  • The Uber Economy: How Technology Is (and Is not) Changing the Boundaries of the Firm.

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 18 months
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      Regular mandatory meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

No application is required. You simply register for graduate courses during our fall, spring, or summer registration periods.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7332 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11000 USD for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    7332 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11000 USD for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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