Finance Advanced Graduate Certificate (Online)

This rigorous and comprehensive graduate program offers in-depth training in the constantly evolving field of finance. The curriculum goes beyond a solid foundation of financial principles and theory, focusing on new concepts and trends like cryptocurrencies and blockchain. The certificates and degree in our online Master of Science in Finance program have a concentration in corporate finance and investments and are distinguished by renowned financial faculty members and a best-in-class digital learning experience.

WashU Olin's online degree programs are divided into three sections, with each one earning a credential. After the first eight months, students earn a Graduate Certificate. This is followed by an Advanced Graduate Certificate during the second eight months, and a degree is earned when students complete the program. This allows students to add impressive credentials to their resumes even before they complete their degrees.

  • Graduate Certificate: The online Master of Science in Finance Graduate Certificate requires completion of 9 credits over eight months.
  • Advanced Graduate Certificate: The online Master of Science in Finance Advanced Graduate Certificate requires completion of 10.5 credits over eight months.
  • Online Master of Science in Finance degree: The online Master of Science in Finance degree requires completion of 10.5 credits over eight months.

The online Master of Science in Finance degree requires 30 credit units for completion, and students gain a rigorous and comprehensive education in securities research, capital raising, derivative pricing and fixed income.

The online Master of Science in Finance curriculum (PDF) can be accessed for more information.

Note: Students are required to complete the Master of Science in Finance Graduate Certificate prior to enrolling in the Advanced Graduate Certificate program.

Orientation Program

Students will kick off their enrollment with a weekend immersion program that begins with a program introduction and virtual meet-and-greet. The weekend will include a discussion of program requirements, curriculum, and Olin policies; an overview of university resources; and team-building activities. The week prior to the immersion program, students will have advance access to orientation information via the learn.WashU platform. Students will also complete foundation courses to bolster their background and maximize their academic preparation before the start of their degree program. 

Students who are pursuing individual certificates or who have taken a pause in enrollment between the Graduate Certificate and the Advanced Graduate Certificate will participate in a short re-orientation session. This session will re-orient students to campus resources and program requirements and reintroduce them to support staff from the Graduate Programs Office.