The Diploma in Financial Portfolio Management meets the needs of students who are new to the field, as well as professionals who wish to advance their expertise in a particular area of specialization. The Diploma is a foundation-focused program emphasizing core skills and competencies, in which you learn how to build and manage a portfolio with a long-term view, while gaining an appreciation for novel research advances in finance and related areas and future trends that are shaping the investment management industry.
Despite predicted employment growth in the financial management sector of 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is faster than the average for all occupations, strong competition is expected for these positions. Growth in financial services is projected to create new positions, but there are still far more people who would like to enter the occupation than there are jobs. Students with demonstrable skills backed by credentials like the Diploma in Financial Portfolio Management can significantly improve their career prospects.
Upon completion of the Diploma, you will have gained a broad understanding of securities and investment management topics, including the operation of equity, fixed-income, and derivatives markets; securities analysis, including equity and bond valuation; risk/reward trade-offs and statistical tools for measuring risk and return; portfolio asset allocation and performance analysis; and technical analysis techniques for investments in securities markets.
As a student in this program, you will create a sensible multiyear investment plan that accounts for an investor’s goals and constraints in a dynamic economic landscape. Final projects are presented for review to key industry representatives who provide practical insights they have gathered through years of experience working for some of the world’s largest finance firms.
Schedule and Format
- Five noncredit courses
- On average, students take one course per semester, fall/spring/summer
- The Diploma must be completed within two years
The Diploma is awarded to students who successfully complete the five required courses within two years.
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You'll Walk Away With
- Knowledge of financial planning and portfolio management
- An understanding of the various investment options, such as equity, debt, and derivatives
- The ability to calculate returns, yields, allocations, and risk using MS Excel
- Exposure to portfolio management case studies and best practices
- Interaction with faculty who are industry professionals