Designed to give you broad exposure over bank management and financial services management, the Graduate Certificate in Financial Services and Banking (GCFSB) gives you every opportunity to explore the creation of derivative products, their use for risk exposure control, and how to market them to corporate clients.

As a part-time student, you can complete the GCFSB in as few as 9 months at our Boston campus.



5 courses
15 credits

Program Length
9-16 months of part-time study

Required Courses (3 credits) 

  • FIN-808 General Theory in Corporate Finance


    Take MBA 650




    This course extends the body of knowledge acquired in MBA 650. Students expand knowledge of dividend theory, capital structure theory, capital budgeting, long-term financing decisions, cash management and corporate restructuring, market efficiency, and risk and liability management.


    Offered Both Fall and Spring

Electives (12 credits) 

Four (4) courses are electives. Three (3) must be selected from the approved elective lists for Financial Services and Banking. One (1) must be from the approved finance course list outside Financial Services and Banking, at the 800 level, and prerequisites must be met.

Note RE: MBA 650 requirement for Previous Business Major Certificate Options - Candidate must have taken equivalent of MBA 650 with a "B" or better within 7 years of enrolling in a certificate program OR an upper level FIN elective with a "B" or better within 7 years to meet this requirement for admission.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

View the Federally Mandated Gainful Employment Disclosure for the Graduate Certificate in Financial Services and Banking.

Waiver/Transfer Policy

Graduate certificate courses, if waived, may need to be substituted with an approved elective. To substitute an approved elective for a required course, a student must have successfully completed equivalent academic coursework at the undergraduate/graduate level in the five years prior to matriculation ("B" or better) and provide official transcripts (with English translations, if applicable). 

Candidates who apply within one year of completing their graduate certificate will have applicable courses applied to a Sawyer Business School (SBS) graduate degree program in the same discipline as the certificate as long as a grade of "B" or better was earned in that course.

Candidates who apply beyond one year or from a certificate program outside their discipline will have coursework evaluated on a case by case basis for relevancy, current degree requirements, and current Sawyer Business School waiver and transfer policies.

Transfer credits from the graduate certificate must have an earned grade of "B" or better and have been taken within five years prior to entering a SBS graduate degree program.  However, at the discretion of the program director, some courses may not be transferred if the subject material has changed significantly since completion.