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Program Overview

Gain the knowledge and skills needed to advance your banking career or to establish a solid foundation for pursuing an MBA with the area of specialization in banking. In the Graduate Certificate program at National University, you’ll take courses in financial management, financial institution management, and bank regulation, preparing you for a leadership role in your field.

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Course Details

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Program Requirements

  • 4 courses; 18 quarter units

Course Name

PrerequisiteFIN 310, or ACC 600

A study of corporate financial management, through case studies and/or term projects, this course covers issues such as sources of long-term financing, cost of capital, capital budgeting, dividend policy, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy and reorganization, the globalization of finance, ethical standards, information technology, and financial strategy.

PrerequisiteFIN 609A

This course presents an overview of Financial System, Financial Markets, and Commercial Banking in the 1990s to the 21st century in the US and globalsetting. It covers asset and liability management problems for depository institutions including management issues, and performance analysis of nondepository entities. In addition, emphasis is placed on interest rates and interest rate risk management. International Bond Markets and new Issue Procedures in the Bond Market, digital money, and alternative electronic payment systems will also be discussed.

PrerequisiteFIN 609A

This course introduces the regulation of financial institutions in the United States. The course addresses the history of the banking industry in the United States, the basic rationales for regulating banks differently than other enterprises, the restrictions imposed upon banks and other financial institutions, the causes and consequences of bank failures and their relationship to regulation, and the rise of the shadow banking system.

Students must select one (1) of the following courses.

Course Name

PrerequisiteFIN 609A

This course focuses on identifying, measuring and managing the most typical risks in financial institutions. The aim of this course is to give the student a detailed knowledge of the nature of these risks, how to measure the exposure that a bank has to such risks and an understanding of some ways in which such risks can be managed by a bank. Students will learn how these risks affect the amount of regulatory and economic capital a bank should retain to protect depositors and the market from unexpected events. Students will learn how to compute the Basel II and Basel III capital requirements.

Recommended: Prior completion ofMNS 601

In this course, students study the price system, market structure, and consumer theory as they apply to managers in a variety of decision-making environments. This course covers the use of mathematical and economic decision-making tools for determining optimal levels of output, resource usage, and capacity planning.

A study of accounting concepts and reporting techniques applied in a management decision-making context, Students analyze accounting data from real-world case studies and present their analysis, conclusions, and recommendations. Managerial accounting models used by diverse enterprises in virtually all industrialized nations include cost accounting and the behavior of costs, budgeting, differential analysis, and responsibility accounting are examined. Reporting techniques involving the use of current spreadsheet and graphic presentation technology are presented.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply capital budgeting techniques to the evaluation of alternative investment projects.
  • Compare and contrast agency problems and methods used to ensure owners’ and managers’ goals are congruent.
  • Apply the asset market approach to a commodity market.
  • Evaluate interest rate behavior and its impacts on the economy and businesses.
  • Analyze investment risk and recommend the proper rate of returns associated with that risk


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Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.

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