Graduate Certificate in Financial Technology


The graduate certificate in financial technology provides students with a strong foundation in financial methods and models, technology and tools, and business analytics. You will learn skills to acquire, analyze and manage financial data with the use of relevant financial technology. The program emphasizes the application of advanced analytical modeling to evaluate various forms of financial data. You will be able to apply these analytical skills and make informed decisions on what financial technology tools are most appropriate to implement.

Points of Pride

  • 98% of WMU Haworth graduate students felt their instructors cared about them as a person

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  • 100% of WMU Haworth graduate students are working or continuing their education quickly after earning their degree

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  • 98% of WMU Haworth graduate students had instructors who made them excited about learning

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Is the graduate certificate in financial technology right for me?

Does finding the deeper story of data excite you? If you dream of a career in the fintech field, then the graduate certificate in financial technology is your perfect fit. Your courses will focus on forecasting, financial models and analytics. This 15-credit-hour certificate can be earned on its own, combined with the MBA program through elective courses, or used as a stepping stone to the M.S. in Finance program.

Applicants in a current graduate program can be admitted directly on a complete application. If the student wishes to enroll in the M.S. in Finance program after enrolling in the certificate program additional steps may be required, please contact Renuka Phillips, director of graduate programs.

  • Quantitative experiential learning

    The program provides expert instruction in the quantitative skills that will set you apart with employers and prepare you for leadership roles. In addition to highly experiential and relevant instruction, you will have access to facilities that will give you a competitive advantage in finance.

    • The Greenleaf Trust Trading Room: Use the Bloomberg Terminal to research market movements in real-time and immerse yourself in the technology that investment professionals use.

    • The Sanford Center for Financial Planning and Wellness: The center provides financial literacy resources and coaching to the campus and greater West Michigan community, and offers programming related to both financial literacy and personal financial planning.

  • Find your format

    We call it HyFlex. 

    As a busy working professional, you may be asking yourself many questions about whether the investment in a graduate certificate in financial technology is worth it.

    You are the reason we offer courses in HyFlex format—a course design model that allows you to select between in-person, hybrid and online options—to fit your learning style, personal obligations and other needs. And you can switch the way you attend to suit your schedule. The ultimate in flexibility.

    Unlike programs that revolve around set cohorts with a set schedule, the graduate programs in finance at WMU allows you to modify the course schedule to fit your needs. If you receive a promotion, move or have other life events you need to consider, you can still complete your degree and not lose progress as your life evolves.

    You will have maximum flexibility so you can bring your whole self to everything you achieve in the graduate programs in finance and outside of it.

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David Burnie Quote

  • The faculty brings a wide breadth of knowledge, practice and skill to the graduate program, where our students come first. Leaning into the strong depth of the faculty, we are dedicated to providing our students with a top-quality program that will enhance their professional capabilities and support success in their career of choice.

    Dr. David Burnie, professor of finance