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Northwood University’s New Graduate Certificate Program – a Career Booster

January 22, 2021

Business leaders looking to give their careers a powerful competitive advantage have a new option: a Northwood University Graduate Certificate in Strategic Financial Leadership.

Beginning this spring, Northwood University’s DeVos Graduate School will offer a sequence of four courses that will provide the real-world, in-depth expertise needed to give graduate certificate holders an advantage throughout their careers. With 100% online courses, competitive tuition rates and a start-to-finish commitment of just nine months, the program is designed to be manageable for people at any stage of their careers.

“Northwood is well known for collaborating with the business community to tailor our courses to the practical demands of the modern economy, and we’ve leveraged that skillset for our Graduate Certificate in Strategic Financial Leadership program,” said Dr. Lisa Fairbairn, Dean of the DeVos Graduate School of Management.

All Graduate Certificate courses are part of Northwood’s existing Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Finance programs, which means those credits can later be applied to one of Northwood’s graduate degrees.

The four-course sequence includes:

  • Business Financial Strategic Planning (FIN 646)

  • Portfolio Management (FIN 655)

  • Investments (FIN 637)

  • Leading and Managing People (MGT 614)

Financial professionals earn average salaries roughly twice that of those in other careers, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, which projects demand for qualified professionals in the field to far exceed that of other industries.

“Northwood University exists to develop the future leaders of a global, free-enterprise society, and this new Graduate Certificate program will be a great addition in an area where we see strong demand for people with the visionary education that we provide,” President Kent MacDonald stated.

To take the first step toward a Northwood University Graduate Certificate in Strategic Financial Leadership, call (800) 622-9000, send an email to or go online to The Graduate Program Finder to learn more or complete the online application.

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