12 months
998 USD/credit 10978 USD/year
998 USD/credit 10978 USD/year
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Gain industry-specific knowledge and analytical business skills from finance faculty at the College of Business with this Applied Finance program from Colorado State University.

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Courses in this Applied Finance program from Colorado State University are taught in a convenient and flexible format. 

Use this 11-credit certificate to enhance your career in advanced corporate finance, international finance, financial institutions, and credit markets.

You’ll study topics like security valuation; portfolio management; pricing of futures, options, and swaps; corporate risk management; financial globalization; exchange rate behavior; personal finance; and real estate market analysis.

Every credit earned applies toward CSU’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs, after formal admission per University transfer policies. Successful completion of the courses or certificate does not guarantee admission to the degree program.

Gain the expertise to get ahead.

Completing this certificate will give you a solid background in business finance and investments. You can dive deeper in the investments area by taking electives that cover bonds, futures, and options, and real estate. If you're interested in corporate financial management, you can focus your studies on corporate risk management, employee benefits, and international finance.

Common Schedules

Here are two examples of common schedules for the Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance.  CSU highly recommend beginning the program in the spring semester to ensure the prerequisites are completed in sequence.  Once admitted, our advising team can help you develop a schedule that fits your career path.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Quantitative Business Analysis
  • Financial Principles and Practice
  • Financial Markets and Investments
  • Options and Futures
  • Corporate Risk Management 
  • Employee Benefits 
  • Fundamentals of International Finance

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


11 SCH


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited four-year institution in any field
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher from your most recent degree completed
  • International applicants: minimum TOEFL or IELTS or PTE scores

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    10978 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 998 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    10978 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 998 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Fort Collins

1210 - 1800 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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