Professional Certificate in Strategic Financial Management

Read, understand, analyze, and use financial statements and introduce risk management in your organization.

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Financial Management and Decision-Making in the 21st Century Remote Learning Course at UChicago

At a Glance

Open Enrollment
10 months
Total CEUs:
20.6 CEUs

Volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (commonly known as VUCA) are some of the main factors impacting the business world today. That is why professionals should equip themselves with the tools they need to make impactful financial decisions in the 21st century VUCA context.

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Leveraging the University of Chicago’s leadership in the financial sector and the fields of behavioral economics and analytics, our ten-month Strategic Financial Management certificate program is designed to provide solid theoretical knowledge of cutting-edge financial topics, as well as to offer a practical application for you to implement at work. 

Designed For

Designed for professionals who want to develop a career in the financial industry or in an organization’s financial department.

Learning Objectives

Today’s dynamic financial industry requires professionals to continuously upskill and reskill to keep up with the latest tools, trends, and terminology. Our ten-month Strategic Financial Management remote learning certificate program will equip you with the necessary tools to make impactful financial decisions.

You will learn to: 

  • Read, understand, analyze, and use your organization's financial statements and data.
  • Formulate business plans and forecast and complete fundamental valuation analyses.
  • Evaluate different types of financial investments.
  • Identify and understand the psychological influences of financial decision-making.
  • Introduce risk governance and management in your organization.

After completing the certificate program you will be able to: 

  • Share solid theoretical knowledge of critical finance-related topics.
  • Provide a practical application of this knowledge in your work environment.
  • Foster other soft skills like collaborative teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, time management, multicultural awareness, remote working techniques, and the development and management of international networking.

The certificate explores the following topics:

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Corporate Financial Strategy

Understand the decision-making process for raising and allocating capital, learning the fundamentals of accounting, key concepts in capital budgeting, and everything related to long-term structural financing.

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Decision-Making and Risk Management

Understand the concepts, definitions, principles, and practices in risk management from the perspectives of the corporation, the market, and the regulator.

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Learn how digital disruption is transforming the financial industry. In this certificate program, you will learn and apply the models and technologies that are changing financial transactions and creating new alternative sources of financing.

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Machine Learning for Finance

Learn to collect, organize, and use data to perform advanced financial analysis with algorithms and statistical techniques and tools.

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The Psychology of Finance

This program explores the psychological influences which drive the behavior of investors as well as financial analysts and how this materializes in the market. You will learn the thinking behind money management and financial trading.

Career Outlook

As a vital activity for business survival and growth, financial management offers a wide range of prominent job prospects and career paths. Roles for corporate financing hold five of the top ten positions in US News and World Report’s Best Business Jobs for 2021 ranking. As for data-based financial analysis, the increasing demand for advanced functions has led this market to be currently valued at 6.32 billion dollars. The practice of behavioral finance is also growing rapidly, as more financial advisors use techniques in this field to build their clients’ portfolios. Risk management operations follow the same trend, with its market growing at a rate of 18.7%.

81 %

The percentage of financial advisors that are using behavioral finance techniques

476 k+

The number of new jobs that will be created in business and financial operations between 2019-2029

Potential job titles for financial management Professionals

  • Accountant
  • Behavioral Scientist
  • Chief Risk Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Investment Banker
  • Investor Relations Manager
  • Model Risk Specialist
  • Real Estate Manager
  • Risk Manager
  • Treasurer

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