Professional Program Certificate in Corporate Finance (Columbia University)

General

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Program Description

Learn both the sound theoretical principles of finance and the practical environment in which financial decisions are made.

You will learn how to value a firm over the course of this Corporate Finance professional certificate program, giving you the skills necessary to make sound financial and investment decisions.

We will cover:

  • Framework for valuation (including, as special cases, valuation of stocks and bonds, and evaluation of investment opportunities).
  • Free cash flow method for firm valuation.
  • Concepts of risk and return and identification of opportunity cost of capital.
  • Alternative sources of external funding for company operations.

Together, these concepts make up the essential building blocks for a career in finance.

In this hands-on program, you will be given the opportunity to learn through a variety of real-world transactions and case studies as well as work through exercises in constructing Excel models to help deepen your understanding of concepts.

This program is for those looking to advance their career in a range of professions, including investment banking, private equity, consulting, general management, and CFO track jobs within a corporation.

This program is based on the first-year course taught at Columbia Business School’s MBA core program.

Job Outlook

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of financial analysts is expected to outpace the average for all occupations, at a 12% growth rate from 2014 to 2024.
  • Consultants in management, commercial, government, and institutional sectors will all require a general understanding of Corporate Finance, as it applies to the internal operations and finances of their own firms.
  • Financial careers that will require or will be benefitted by this program are those in Corporate Management, Investment Services, Insurance Companies, Commercial and Investment Banks, Financial Planning Services, and many more.

What You'll Learn

  • Understand both the sound theoretical principles of finance and the practical environment in which financial decisions are made.
  • How to use the free cash flow method for firm evaluation.
  • Apply frameworks for valuation and discounting.
  • Value stocks and bonds.
  • Compute the return on any project.
  • Value a firm by projecting cash flows and calculating the residual value.
  • How to make investment decisions for corporations.
  • Understand the effect of capital structure on the risk of the equity and debt of a firm.
  • Measure risk and estimate the expected return of an asset based on its risk.

Learn more about Professional Certificate Programs

Created by leading companies and top universities, Professional Certificate programs are a series of in-demand courses designed to develop the critical skills needed for today’s top jobs.

Courses in this Program

  • Introduction to Corporate Finance
  • The Free Cash Flow Method for Firm Valuation
  • Risk and Return and the Weighted Average Cost of Capital

Further Information

  • Average Length: 4-5 weeks per course
  • Effort: 3-4 hours per week, per course
  • Number Of Courses: 3 Courses in Program
  • Subject: Business & Management, Economics & Finance
  • Institution: Columbia University
  • Languages: English
  • Video Transcripts: English
  • Price (USD): Originally $600 USD, now $450 USD for the entire program. You save $150 USD.
Last updated Sep 2019

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