Graduate Certificate in Business Valuation
The Graduate Certificate in Business Valuation is stackable credential for people who want to hone their skills in estimating the economic value of an organization's financial interest and risk.
Increasingly, jobs in public and private accounting and corporate finance require a strong combination of advanced business valuation skills. In is common for public accounting firms to provide some sort of valuation services as part of their practices. In addition, valuation services are routinely required as part of accounting and audit exams. Likewise in the field of finance there is often an expectation of advanced valuation skills, especially in practices dealing with mergers and acquisitions (M&A).
This certificate will allow students who seek more focused training in business valuation to develop necessary expertise in these areas. It will also address the needs of students in accounting who are need to complete 150 credit hours for purposes of CPA licensure, but who do not necessarily seek a full master's degree.
All courses are currently offered within the graduate program offerings of the Merrick School of Business and could be counted toward the completion of the M.S. in Accounting and Business Advisory Services, the M.S. Business-Finance, as well as the UB MBA.
Everything you need to know about the Business Valuation.
To receive a Certificate in Business Valuation, you must complete 12 credits of coursework and maintain a cumulative GPA of no less than 3.0 for courses taken in the certificate program. The coursework must be completed after you have received a bachelor's degree or equivalent.
The certificate requires undergraduate or graduate knowledge in accounting or finance as a prerequisite for some courses in the certificate program. Contact Program Director with questions.
Foundation Courses (3 credits) Waivable based on equivalent undergraduate work.
|ACCT 505||Accounting Essentials||1.5||Waivable based on equivalent undergraduate work.|
|FIN 505||Essentials of Finance||1.5||Waivable based on equivalent undergraduate work.|
Required Courses (9 credits)
FIN 715 2
|Prerequisite: ACCT 505 or equivalent
Prerequisite: ACCT 505 or equivalent
Prerequisite: FIN 605 or equivalent
|Financial Statement Analysis
|Prerequisite: ACCT 505 or equivalent
Prerequisite: ACCT 505 / FIN 605
|FIN 780||Business Valuation||3||Prerequisite: FIN 605|
Choose one of the following 2,3 :
|ACCT 601||Forensic Accounting Principles||3||Prerequisite: ACCT 505|
|ACCT 604||Litigation Support||3||Prerequisite: ACCT 505|
|ACCT 680||Taxation of Entities||3||Prerequisite: ACCT 514|
|ACCT 755||Advanced Financial Reporting Issues||3||Prerequisite: ACCT 510/511|
|FIN 705||Advanced Financial Analysis||3||Prerequisite: FIN 605|
|FIN 715 2||Investment Analysis||3||Prerequisite: FIN 605|
1 Students without substantial undergraduate background in finance (defined as at least 6 undergraduate credits in Finance from AACSB-accredited business school) are required to take FIN 605/625. FIN 505 can be waived if at least three undergraduate credits in Introductory Finance was taken in AACSB-accredited business school. Students with at least 6 undergraduate credits in Finance from AACSB-accredited business school are required to take FIN 715.
2 Fin 715 is required to be taken as an elective if not taken as a required course.
3 Or another ACCT or FIN course with the approval of the MS Accounting & Business Advisory Services program director.
Browse the course descriptions of all courses that the Merrick School of Business offers, or view the course catalog
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