Principles of Finance, Postgraduate Certificate | Online (optional) | Harvard University | Cambridge, United States
Postgraduate Certificate On Campus Online

Principles of Finance

18 months
8266 USD/year
8266 USD/year
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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 
  • Accounting 
  • Economics 
  • Elective 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

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

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    8266 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12400 USD for the full programme during 18 months.
  • National

    8266 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12400 USD for the full programme during 18 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

1814 - 3756 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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