Corporate Finance Certificate*

The Corporate Finance Certificate (CFC) is a finance major track of guided electives for those students focused on a career in corporate finance.  Attending the Corporate Finance Boot Camp in August of the Junior year is the first step in the certificate curriculum.  *Note: The Corporate Finance Certificate is currently under review by the University and the final approval for the Certificate will be determined during the Summer of 2018.

The Certificate is awarded for completing a specialized selection of courses focused on the knowledge and skills essential to work across the various finance functions performed in the Office of the CFO:

  • Treasurer – cash management, credit ratings, debt and equity financing, risk management
  • Controller – profit forecasting, annual budgets, performance management, capital budgeting
  • Investor Relations Officer – communications with stakeholders, regulatory considerations
  • CFO – talent management, strategic planning, corporate development (M&A)

In addition to the courses required by Texas A&M University, the Mays Business School, and the Department of Finance, the following elective courses are required to receive this certificate:

  • Introduction to Corporate Finance (Boot Camp)
  • FINC 443 – Valuation
  • FINC 447 – Financial Statement Analysis
  • FINC 449 – Financial Modeling
  • ACCT 329 – Cost Management and Analysis
  • Corporate Finance Capstone (new senior level course)

Certification process time lines and requirements:

  • Submit application (competitive) during the Spring of the Sophomore year
  • Attend Boot Camp in August one week ahead of regular classes in the Junior year
  • Complete the Capstone case study course in the Spring semester of the Senior year
  • Maintain at least 3.0 GPA in finance courses
  • Complete a relevant internship experience
  • Attend company sponsored events

Students pursuing the CFC will attend two classes as a cohort.  Their first such class is the Junior year CFC Boot Camp, held in late August.  Students accepted into the CFC come together to meet finance professionals, discuss current finance topics, receive training in Excel and PowerPoint, and finish the Boot Camp week with a team presentation on a case study.  Bloomberg Certificate training also begins during Boot Camp week. The second cohort class is Corporate Finance Capstone offered in the Spring semester of a students Senior year.

Corporate Finance students will also be encouraged to consider becoming a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).  To pass the Level I and Level II exams may become a significant differentiator in the level of preparation for a career with some corporate finance organizations.

Student Information

  1. Student timeline and extra-curricular responsibilities

**You will see this generic application is also for MS/MRE and PHD programs, you are in the correct place. You will choose U.S. Citizen, even if you are not. Under the “Personal Information” section, at “Degree and Major” using the drop down box, select Corporate Finance Certificate.  After you select “Save” additional required information under the Corporate Finance Certificate menu item will appear on the left. The essay section is available also on the left side of the menu. Once admitted into the CFC Program you will automatically be enrolled into the Boot Camp and Capstone cohort classes.

  1. Introduction to Corporate Finance (Boot Camp)
    • Begins the week before classes 1:30 p.m. Monday, August 21st, location TBD, and concludes with lunch on Friday, August 25th
    • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday schedule is 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    • Boot Camp Topics:
      • Finance info sessions from company sponsors
      • Earnings conference call project – press release, conference call, sell-side reports
      • Excel and modeling skills
      • Presentation skills and PowerPoint training
      • Register with Bloomberg

For questions please contact: Rebecca Itz, Academic Advisor (ritz@mays.tamu.edu)