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Finance Certificate in Sustainable Finance

Diploma Description

We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2020 semester. To earn a certificate, students must declare their candidacy. To do so, please use the button above.

As climate change becomes a growing reality, the importance of sustainable growth and development has become a critical factor in the financial decision-making process for public and private sector entities and investors alike. The rapid increase in the integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria in financial decisions has resulted from the actions of global agencies and local governments to slow the detrimental impact of climate change and promote social responsibility, as well as investor demand for sustainable growth. The emergence of sustainability criteria in the area of public and private finance and investment has driven an influx of talent from different areas of expertise into this emerging area of finance.

The Certificate in Sustainable Finance is designed to provide you with the unique skills and invaluable insights to launch your career in this exciting growth area in the financial industry. For example, you will become familiar with key concepts related to sustainability and then learn how to integrate them into the financial decision-making process for public and private issuers and investors. You will establish core knowledge of the key environmental, social, and governance factors associated with assessing financial decisions and investments. During the program, you also will learn how to apply financial tools to incorporate and adopt ESG-related factors in selecting and managing a portfolio. Certificate courses are taught by practitioners with sustainability finance experience who will introduce relevant examples and case studies designed to apply your newly developed skills to addressing real-world problems.

This rigorous certificate program has been created primarily to establish core knowledge in the area of sustainable finance. Early- to mid-career professionals will find this credential invaluable as they seek a role in this new and emerging area of the financial industry. The Certificate consists of two required foundational courses and two electives and is expected to take up to two semesters to complete.

For questions about the program, please contact sps.finance@nyu.edu.

Must be completed within

1 year

You'll Walk Away With

  • Knowledge of the key concepts related to sustainability in the financial decision-making process for issuers and investors
  • An understanding of key environmental, social, and governance factors associated with assessing financial decisions and investments
  • The ability to apply financial tools that incorporate environmental, social, and governance factors in portfolio selection and management

Program Curriculum

COURSES THAT GIVE YOU THE SKILLS AND TRAINING YOU NEED TO START YOUR NEW CAREER

Program Curriculum

COURSES THAT PROVIDE FOUNDATIONAL INFORMATION IN THE FIELD WITH OPTIONS TO SPECIALIZE IN AN AREA RELEVANT TO YOUR NEEDS

FOUNDATION

All Courses Required

Environment and the Financial Markets

Learn the basic principles that govern socially responsible investing in the context of environmental criteria and financial markets.

2020 Fall
1 section

Socially Responsible Investing

Learn about socially responsible investing (SRI) strategies, markets, and stakeholders, as well as its practicalities within societies and markets.

2020 Fall
1 section

ELECTIVES

Complete 2

Ethics and Governance

The course will offer a broad discussion of corporate boardroom considerations, ethics in the workplace, and the issue of corporate sustainability.

2020 Fall
1 section

Social Entrepreneurship

Learn what social enterprise is and gain the foundational skills to launch your own.

2020 Fall
1 section

Cleantech, Renewables, and Alternative Energy Finance

Explore the models, financing vehicles, and investment opportunities for alternative energy sources.

2020 Fall
1 section

Energy and the Environment

Develop a foundation from which to chart an environmentally conscious path toward decarbonizing the energy sector.

General Admission Requirements

For those who have completed some college Completion of 32 credits with at least 2 years work experience OR 60 credits with no work experience required