Certificate in Finance

In cooperation with the Alberta School of Business, the Department of Economics at the University of Alberta offers a Certificate in Finance. The purpose of this certificate program is to offer economics undergraduate students access to a structured program in the study of Finance. Over the years, students, alumni, and employers of Economics graduates have indicated that rigorous training in Finance would be a most desirable complement to the skills and knowledge acquired in the major and honors degree programs in Economics.

The Certificate in Finance is intended to meet these identified needs and broaden the opportunities available to Economics graduates entering the labour force or pursuing further studies. The Certificate in Finance is valuable for students interested in opportunities in finance, controllership, investment analysis in corporations and government enterprises, banks, insurance companies, government financial regulatory agencies, and other organizations specializing in financial affairs. The Certificate in Finance includes study of investors' choices among financial investments (securities), business asset management, choices among methods of financing assets, and risk management.

The Certificate in Finance will be awarded only at the same time as a student receives a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) with a major in Economics.

Program Requirements

Students must complete all existing course requirements for a BA Major or Honors in Economics.

In addition, students in the Certificate in Finance program must complete:

  • OM 352;
  • ACCTG 311
  • FIN 301
  • ECON 442
  • ★9 in Finance electives, which include all 400-level FIN, ACCTG 412, and ACCTG 432


  1. At least one of OM 352, ACCTG 311, or FIN 301 are prerequisites for most 400‑level FIN and ACCTG courses, so all three of these should be taken in the first year of the Certificate program. These courses are offered only at very specific times, which can lead to scheduling difficulties for some students.

  2. Students may not receive credit for both FIN 412 and ECON 442. FIN 412 is a prerequisite for several 400-level Finance courses. Business has agreed to accept ECON 442 as satisfying the FIN 412 prerequisite requirements for students in the Certificate program. If a student is interested in taking Finance courses with a FIN 412 prerequisite, ECON 442 and FIN 301 should be taken in the first year of the certificate program.

  3. It is unlikely that students in the Certificate in Finance program will be allowed to take more courses in Business than those required to meet the program requirements

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