Certificate of Graduate Study in Finance (COGS)

Certificate of Graduate Study in Finance (COGS)

Certificate of Graduate Study in Finance (COGS)

The Finance Certificate of Graduate Study (COGS) offers students the opportunity to pursue quantitative and analytical concepts and tools that are valuable in corporate, non-profit, and personal finance settings. The Finance COGS is a valuable stand-alone credential for those seeking to refresh skills in their current finance-related roles. The Finance COGS program can also serve as a micro-credential on the way toward earning a graduate degree, allowing students to sample content prior to being formally admitted into Rowan’s Master of Finance (MSF) or Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a Finance Area of Concentration.

The Finance COGS is also ideal for those who have not yet taken the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) as GMAT scores are not a requirement for admission to the COGS program. Students who wish to later pursue the MS Finance or MBA programs at Rowan may have all COGS credits transferred into one of these degree programs.

For students considering the Finance COGS program as an interim step on the way to a degree, it’s valuable to consider the type of career paths each degree affords. The MS Finance prepares students for financial analyst and financial planner positions in corporations and financial institutions, as well as the premier certification exams for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP). An MBA with a finance concentration can offer a wide range of jobs across various industries.  For example, in the corporate finance area, potential jobs might include chief financial officer, financial manager, corporate controller, accounting manager, or risk manager; it is also possible to pursue a career path in financial service industries in roles such as managers or VPs in banking, mutual fund, or insurance companies.



The Finance COGs required requires the completion of 12 semester hours (4 courses).


  • 4 Courses / 12 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: Yes
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements URL: No

Core Courses

Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
Pick Three Courses: 9 S.H.
FIN 04511 Quantitative Methods in Finance 3
ACC 03510 Financial Statement Analysis 3
FIN 04500 Financial Decision Making 3
FIN 04600 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management 3
FIN 04530 Multinational Financial Management 3
FIN 04518 Derivative Securities & Financial Risk Management 3
FIN 04560 Fixed Income Securities 3
FIN 04520 Financial Modeling 3
FIN 04505 Advanced Financial Planning 3
FIN 04540 Financial Institutions Management 3
FIN 04512 Capital Budgeting 3
FIN 04516 Issues in Finance 3
FIN 04510 Independent Study- Finance 3

Foundation Courses

Course Number Title
FC-1 MATH03125 or MATH01130 Calculus: Techniques & Applications or Calculus I
FC-2 STAT02260 Statistics I
FC-3 ACC03405 Foundations of Accounting
OR BOTH ACC03210 AND ACC03211 OR Principles of Accounting I AND Principles of Accounting II
FC-4 ECON04303 Principles of Economics: A Survey
OR BOTH ECON04101 AND ECON04102 OR Microeconomics AND Macroeconomics
FC-5 FIN04300 Principles of Finance

Transfer Credit Evaluation Policy

The program accepts transfer credit at the discretion of the RCB Graduate Business Programs Director.

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • Completed Rowan Global Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of the number of credits earned)
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.8 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Current professional resume

Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Fall September 1 July 1
Spring January 19 November 1
Summer May 18 April 1