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Entrance Exam: Not Required
Poole College of Management

To learn more about the Finance Certificate, visit the Jenkins Graduate Certificate website.

The Poole College of Management offers the 12-credit online Graduate Certificate in Finance. An application is required for admission consideration. Please visit the certificate admissions website for more information on requirements, eligibility, and application deadlines.

The graduate certificate in Finance is a unique program that provides students the knowledge, skills and tools needed for making smart financial decisions in the workplace.

Through theory and applied learning, students come to understand the relationship between capital providers (investing households), capital markets (stocks and bonds), and capital users (firms).

Students use real-world tools, such as stock price databases and spreadsheet analysis, to apply theory to practice. This flexible option is ideal for professionals who want to gain a foundational understanding of financial management.


The NC State University Graduate School, which oversees the graduate certificate application process, has its own admissions criteria but the Poole College of Management has specific admissions requirements as well.

After submitting your Graduate Application (opens in new tab) for the Finance certificate, you may check the status (opens in new tab) of your application at any time. International students must include complete transcripts, a degree statement and TOEFL or IELTS scores. Applicants should have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. The GRE is not required, but we ask you to upload the scores if you have taken it.

For information regarding the cost of the program, please visit the Jenkins MBA Certificate Tuition web page for detailed tuition information.

Career Prospects

One of the foundational pieces of any successful business is strong financial leadership. Whether you want to advance your management career in an established business or wish to launch a successful entrepreneurial business, the Graduate Certificate in Finance provides essential knowledge about corporate finances.

By adding a certificate program to your degree, you’ll show employers you have specialized knowledge that adds immediate value to their team. This certificate program is designed to enhance your skill set and differentiate yourself in your field. Please note that it is not intended for those looking to make a major career transition.