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Apply for the Certificate in Finance

Undergraduate Certificate in Finance

Apply for the Certificate in Finance

Admission Requirements

Students typically enter the UCF program at the end of their sophomore year. Completed applications are due in the online portal by May 31st of the student’s sophomore year.

Applications must include a brief description of the student’s plan to fulfill the independent work requirement, as well as a short essay outlining the student’s interest in the finance certificate.

While a students’ overall academic record will be considered when a student applied, several foundation courses, or their equivalent, are required for admission into the program

All Princeton students can apply to the certificate program as long as they have taken the necessary prerequisite courses. About a third of the students who have earned the certificate in the past have come from home departments other than Economics or Operations Research and Financial Engineering (ORFE).

Interested students must submit a completed application online by May 31 of their sophomore year to the program. If you’re a sophomore applying for admission by May 31, you should select your courses in April assuming that you are going to be admitted. You will receive admission decisions by July 31. At that point, you can change your course selection if needed.

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Course Pre-requisites

The following foundation courses are required for admission into the UCF program and must be completed before the start of a student’s junior year.

ECO and ORF majors require a higher level of proficiency in the prerequisite courses to ensure that the independent work is sufficiently quantitative. Therefore, ECO and ORF majors must have an average grade of B- calculated across all prerequisites.

All majors must fulfill the prerequisite courses with a letter grade; Pass/D/Fail is not allowed.

1. Mathematics
MAT201 and MAT202 are strongly advised, or a higher pairing; the higher of the two grades is used to fulfill entry requirements but both courses must be taken.

Students who choose to fulfill this requirement by taking MAT175 will be responsible for mastering the linear algebra requirement on their own.

2. Economics (must complete one of the following; no substitutions):
● ECO300 (Microeconomic Theory)
● ECO310 (Microeconomic Theory: A Mathematical Approach.

3. Probability and Statistics (must complete one of the following):
● ORF245 (Fundamentals of Engineering Statistics)
● ECO202 (Statistics and Data Analysis for Economists)
● PSY251 (Quantitative Methods)
● SOC301 (Sociological Research Methods)
● POL345 (Quantitative Analysis and Politics)
● PHY301 (Thermal Physics) and PHY312 (Experimental Physics)
● MAT222 (Introduction to Statistics)
● WWS200 (Statistics for Social Science)

A score of 5 in AP Statistics also fulfills the statistics prerequisite.


Grade Minimums for Entry into the Program

All majors must take these prerequisite courses for a letter grade (P/D/F is not allowed). 

Students with further questions about the admission process or the requirements should contact Academic Administrator, Melanie Heaney-Scott.

Questions regarding the eligibility of courses should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Yacine Ait-Sahalia.