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Online Graduate Certificate in Financial Analytics

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Cost Per Credit Hour


Application Deadline: June 24, 2024

Summer 2 2024 classes start on July 8, 2024

Prepare for the Future of Finance

Introducing the new Graduate Certificate in Financial Analytics from LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business, now available through LSU Online, and designed to equip students with the skills, tools, and knowledge necessary to succeed in the fast-paced world of finance.  The program offers a comprehensive curriculum that covers key topics such as data analysis, financial modeling, risk management, and more; the emphasis is using Python, R, Excel, and other professional finance tools to manipulate and analyze the extremely large datasets ubiquitous in the business world.

The certificate and skills learned are applicable across industries and graduates can expect to find roles in a variety of fields, including commercial banking, investment banking, risk management, financial consulting, actuarial services, and others. Whether you're a recent graduate looking to start your career or an experienced professional seeking to enhance your skills, this certificate program will provide you with the tools you need to stay ahead of the curve in today's competitive job market. With flexible online classes and expert faculty, LSU is your gateway to a brighter financial future. 

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In-Demand Skills

Learn the tools of the industry, gain the knowledge to earn a Bloomberg certification, and develop the valuable financial analytics skills that employers seek.

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Flexible Program

Balance your studies with other commitments and complete coursework from anywhere with our fully online certificate.

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Affordable Tuition

Our program offers one of the most competitive tuition rates for online Graduate Certificates in Financial Analytics.

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Work Toward a MS in Finance

Students can complete this certificate while enrolled in LSU’s Master of Science in Finance program.

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Cost Online Graduate Certificate in Financial Analytics

Total credit hours per program: 12 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $862

Total cost with fees: $10,344

Cost may be reduced if transfer courses apply.

The total cost above does not include transfer credit or financial aid. Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Fee schedules may vary by program depending on course-specific fees for proctoring and/or books. Please contact a Student Success Coach for more information.

Course Listings Online Graduate Certificate in Financial Analytics

Courses Credit hours
FIN 7708 - Financial Analytics I 3
FIN 7709 - Financial Analytics II 3
FIN 7720 - Topics in Business Finance (Financial Modeling in
7720 - Topics in Business Finance (FinTech) 3

Admission Requirements Online Graduate Certificate in Financial Analytics

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university or the equivalent from a foreign institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate and graduate work already completed. You must provide transcripts for all of the colleges you have attended (regardless of degree completion) and upload copies with your application. Only admitted applicants will be required to send one sealed copy of official transcripts from EACH college and university attended, issued by the institution directly to:

The Graduate School

Louisiana State University

114 West David Boyd

Baton Rouge, LA 70803

  • Include a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • 1-2 page statement of how the GC fits into your short and long-term career goals.
  • Either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required for admission. Official test scores can be submitted using institution code 6373.
    • GMAT Waived for students with a GPA of 3.3 or higher.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from professional or academic sources.

Electronic transcripts can be sent to

Additional information about LSU Graduate admission requirements are located here.

Career Opportunities Online Graduate Certificate in Financial Analytics

  • Commercial Banker
  • Investment Banker
  • Financial Consultant
  • Actuary
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Quantitative Analyst
  • Securities Trader
  • Financial Planner

What Will I Learn? Online Graduate Certificate in Financial Analytics

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Financial Analytics will gain fundamental skills in the industry, including the ability to:

  • Manipulate and use large financial datasets
  • Analyze large financial datasets and produce financial models
  • Effectively communicate the results of their financial modeling and/or analysis

Why Choose This Program? Online Graduate Certificate in Financial Analytics

Why choose LSU’s online Graduate Certificate in Financial Analytics?

LSU's online financial analytics certificate offers the flexibility of studying online, allowing students to balance home and work responsibilities. With a focus on teaching in-demand financial analytics skills such as Python, R, and Excel, the program prepares graduates for potentially lucrative roles in a wide range of industries. Students can also earn this certificate while enrolled in LSU’s MS in Finance, or apply the credits earned during the certificate program to the master’s degree in the future.

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