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Strategic Financial Management

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Adapting to the Contemporary Business World

As the business world evolves, professionals in finance roles need to continuously reskill and upskill to stay on top of the latest industry tools, trends, and terminology.

Certificate Overview:
Professional Certificate in Strategic Financial Management

Volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (commonly known as VUCA) are some of the main factors impacting the business world today. Professionals should equip themselves with the tools they need to make impactful financial decisions in the 21st-century VUCA environment.

Are You Looking to Boost Your Career in the Modern Financial Industry?

If you are a professional in a finance role—financial analyst, financial advisor, consultant in the financial industry, investment fund manager, portfolio manager, venture capital and private equity manager, or capital market professional—you will benefit from this certificate program. Decision-makers such as chief financial officers, financial controllers, risk managers, business development managers, as well as fintech-dedicated professionals and entrepreneurs will also gain valuable insights from the program.

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About the Certificate Program:

Leveraging the University of Chicago’s excellence in analytics, behavioral economics, and finance, our ten-month Financial Management is designed to provide you with solid theoretical knowledge of cutting-edge financial topics and practical applications to solve real-world business challenges.

This certificate includes the following courses:

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The Psychology of Finance

Psychology influences investors' and financial analysts' behavior and impacts market outcomes. Understand the thinking behind money management and financial trading.

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Corporate Financial Strategy

Understand the decision-making process for raising and allocating capital, establishing account management, and identifying key concepts in capital budgeting.

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Decision-Making and Risk Management

How can we ensure a better, more logical approach to decision-making without complicating matters further? The answer: risk management.



Discover the impact of fintech from multiple perspectives—investor, corporate, and consumer—and learn about the regulation behind it.

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Machine Learning for Finance

Collect, organize, and use data to perform advanced financial analysis with algorithms and statistical techniques and tools.

After Completing the Program You Will Be Able To:

  1. Share solid theoretical knowledge of critical finance-related topics
  2. Provide a practical application of this knowledge in your work environment
  3. Foster other soft skills like collaborative teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, communication abilities, time management, multicultural awareness, remote working techniques, and development and management of international networking 

Meet Your Instructors

George Dan, MBA

The Psychology of Finance Instructor 

George Dan founded User Nudge, Inc. as part of a lifelong journey to understand human decisions. Using behavioral science, the company decodes human behavior and focuses on how those using online interfaces make decisions. Previously, Dan was the head of operations analytics at a software-as-a-service company, where he devised frictionless processes, implemented systems, and developed new ways to launch digital products. 
He earned an MBA from Chicago Booth and is a board member for Family Service of Lake County, a nonprofit serving families via counseling, education, and mental health support. 

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Sourav Ghosh, MSc

Fintech Instructor 

Sourav Ghosh has built and deployed low-latency, high-throughput automated trading systems across futures trading exchanges worldwide for over a decade. He specializes in statistical arbitrage market making for the most liquid global futures products. He currently serves as VP of Treasury at XP Inc., working on their low-latency quantitative trading business. 
Ghosh earned a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Southern California. His areas of interest are fintech, algorithmic trading strategies, low-latency application development, and statistical learning methods. 

Borislava Karageorgieva, CFA, MBA, PAHM

Corporate Financial Strategy and Decision-Making and Risk Management Instructor 

Borislava Karageorgieva is a corporate finance expert with international experience in financial licensure compliance and regulatory analysis, mergers and acquisitions, angel investing and entrepreneurship, and board governance. 
She is the board president of the Chicago Booth Angels Network of Chicago, where she focuses on angel and seed investing for innovative start-ups. Karageorgieva has founded two businesses and mentors entrepreneurs. She earned her MBA from Chicago Booth and an undergraduate finance degree in Sofia, Bulgaria. She is also a CFA Institute charterholder. 

Lara Kattan, MPP

Machine Learning for Finance Instructor 

Lara Kattan is a data science educator and curriculum writer. She is currently developing curriculum for institutions such as the University of Chicago and data science learning start-ups. Before embarking on a career in curriculum development, she was a consultant in risk practice at McKinsey & Co. 
Kattan earned an MA in public policy with a concentration in econometrics from the University of Chicago and a BA in economics and political science from Northwestern University. A lifelong learner, she is also pursuing master’s degrees in computer science and mathematics from DePaul University. 

Career Outlook

As a vital activity for business survival and growth, financial management offers a wide range of prominent job prospects and career paths. Roles in corporate financing hold five of the top ten positions in US News and World Report’s Best Business Jobs for 2021 ranking. As for data-based financial analysis, the increasing demand for advanced functions has led this market to be currently valued at 6.32 billion dollars. The practice of behavioral finance is also growing rapidly, as more financial advisors use techniques in this field to build their clients’ portfolios. Risk management operations follow the same trend, with its market growing at a rate of 18.7%.




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Potential Job Titles for Marketing Professionals
  • Accountant
  • Behavioral Scientist
  • Business Development Manager
  • Business Owner
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Chief Risk Officer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Finance Director
  • Finance Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Controller
  • Fintech Specialist
  • Investment Banker
  • Investor Relations Manager
  • Model Risk Specialist
  • Real Estate Manager
  • Risk Manager
  • Treasurer

Admissions Process


Candidacy Fee:

Pay the candidacy fee (non-refundable) and fill out the application form.



Receive a call for an interview with our admissions team.​



Our Admission Committee will inform you of the final decision*.

*(2 business days max)

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The University of Chicago Approach to Online Learning

Our online learning programs are crafted with your specific needs in mind.

Certificate programs combine e-learning with live, interactive sessions to strengthen your skill set while maximizing your time. We couple academic theory and business knowledge with practical real-world application.

Through online learning sessions, you will have an opportunity to grow your professional network and interact with University of Chicago instructors and your classmates.

Why the University of Chicago?

Becoming a member of the University of Chicago community means gaining access to world-class instructors and a cohort of curious, diverse individuals.

Through a firm grounding in core principles and a rigorous approach to problem-solving, our teaching method—the Chicago Approach—will give you the tools you need to make sense of complex data and turn ideas into impact.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion.

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