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Certificate in Finance

Program duration
90 hours – 3 weeks over 4 months
Degree level
Professional Certificate
Entry requirements
Bachelor degree / at least 3 years of professional experience / Proof of fluency in English
Full program fees
€ 6,100

Important dates

February, 18 2019 – Module 1
April, 08 2019 – Module 2
June, 03 2019 – Module 3

Teaching location
12 Rue Pierre Sémard, 38000 Grenoble

Applications for 2019 admissions are open.

In today’s complex and globalized business world, finance skills are a vital part of any executive’s management tool kit. The Certificate in Finance & Digital Banking offers you the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required to understand your organization’s financial issues and achieve optimum performance thanks to effective financial management. Course content focuses on essential topics such as international finance, investment or valuation in order to provide you with a global perspective on current financial topics as well as insights and tools to enhance your organization’s performance.

This program will enable you to expand your understanding of finance, acquire technical and analytical skills, and overcome the challenges modern financial management. Participants will explore essential knowledge tied to international finance, financial management, investment and valuation.

  • Analyze the impact of diversification, economies of scale and cost-effective financial resources in terms of multinational companies.
  • Evaluate risks such as political instability, exchange rate fluctuations and complex fiscal regulations.
  • Develop essential skills for financial managers and controllers.
  • Examine the risks and benefits of uncertain investments.
  • Understand and explore valuation and its applications such as mergers, takeovers or spinoff operations.

Program strengths

  • Acquire strong technical and analytical skills for financial management.
  • Interact with academic and professional experts in the field of finance.
  • Open the door to career advancement thanks to recognized, concrete skills.
  • Develop intercultural skills while studying with faculty and peers from around the world.
  • Earn credit towards future MBA programs.
  • Take part in a training program developed by a triple accredited business school.

Participants will attend three intensive sessions of one week, each delivered on our Grenoble campus.

International financial management (30h) February 18 -22, 2019

Core concepts:

  • The international financial environment
  • Financial management for international business
  • The impact of foreign currencies and foreign exchange

In this module, you will learn how to:

  • Understand the current international financial environment and future evolutions
  • Analyze the impact of financial management on international business
  • Apply concrete financial techniques to manage cash flow in foreign currencies
  • Examine the impact of foreign exchange on investments

Managing financial performances (30h) April 8 - 12, 2019

Core concepts:

  • Financial markets
  • Analysis of financial statements and performance
  • Planning, budgeting and controlling

In this module, you will learn how to:

  • Analyze the evolution of new markets and private markets
  • Acquire skills to understand financing by public entities (IPO, convertible bonds and stock options)
  • Develop the ability to analyze financial statements and performance
  • Establish financial statements
  • Measure performance
  • Organize and implement a strategy using a business plan
  • Carry out variance analysis for budgeting and controlling

Investment and valuation (30h) June 3 -7, 2019

Core concepts:

  • Investing and uncertainty
  • Valuation and mergers

In this module, you will learn how to:

  • Acquire fundamental knowledge of risk, risk measurement, ruin and viability
  • Analyze and manage systemic risk in investment projects using sensibility analysis and breakeven approaches, decision tree and investment analysis, and real options for valuation and decision rules
  • Valuate a company by understanding models for actuarial valuation and discounted cash flow.

During the Certificate in Finance, you will join a group of Executive MBA participants that are currently studying at GEM. You will benefit from the diverse highly competitive environment and extend your professional network.

Evaluation

Participants will be evaluated on how they apply course concepts through case study, individual exams and projects.

Continue your learning experience

Credit from this program may be applied to completing an MBA degree.

Educational approach

This certificate builds on a ‘learn by doing’ approach. Participants will explore key theoretical concepts and case studies before applying this knowledge to their own professional project.

Faculty

This certificate is taught by GEM faculty and professional experts. With faculty engaged in applied research and the input of working professionals, the course links theory and practice by sharing useful knowledge and analyzing real-life business cases. Our diverse set of faculty and experts ensures the program benefits from a strong international perspective

The skills acquired during this certificate can help open the door to new responsibilities such as:

  • Investment & Private Banking
  • Transaction Services
  • Corporate Financial Management & Corporate Treasury
  • Accounting & Audit Management
  • Retail Banking
  • Risk Management

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least 3 years’ work experience
  • Proof of fluency in English

Admission is subject to the number of places available.

Participant profile

Professionals with a basic understanding of finance who wish to acquire essential knowledge and skills for financial management
Non-financial executives whose responsibilities or career evolution require a deeper understanding of financial factors to validate business decisions

Online application:

To apply for this program, please fill out the online application form and send all required documents (indicated in the application form).

Program fees:

The cost of the Certificate is € 6,100. It covers the tuition and the access to all GEM facilities. The fee does not include neither meals nor accommodation.