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University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Certificate in Financial Communications

Financial Communications
Graduate Certificate

Financial Communications Graduate Certificate


Become the go-to voice for your organization when financial markets fluctuate and communicate your organization's financial health through this cutting-edge, joint certificate program. This 12-credit-hour, fully online program gives you the ability to use new, fast paced technology to talk the language of business in real-time.

Advance your career by completing four courses, where you will learn practical communication skills from journalism and business professors to tell the complete financial story.


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Complete Two Required Courses


JOMC 820
Understanding and writing about corporate, economic and business topics as journalists or as public relations professionals.


GRBA 808
Explore real cases of organizational structures, evaluate how well they support the top management team's strategic implementation, and assess the impact on overall organizational success.

Choose One of These Two College of
Journalism and Mass Communications Courses


ADPR 850
Philosophies and theories that underlie the discipline and profession of public relations. The critical and supportive perspectives used to gain insight into the history and direction of public relations.


JGRD 819
This course teaches, at an accelerated graduate level, the principles and practices of reporting, writing and editing. It includes discussion of the ethical principles of journalism and the application of basic statistics the development of news and feature work.

Choose One of These Two College of Business Courses


GRBA 809
Basics of financial accounting and reporting. The construction of financial statements and their interpretation for internal and external users of financial information.


GRBA 811
A case course designed to meet the financial core requirement in the MBA program. Application of financial theory to business problems. Financial statement analysis, working capital management, capital structure planning, cost of capital, and capital expenditure analysis.


Because we review applications on a continual basis, you can start earning the certificate when it works best for you, whether that’s spring, fall or summer.

To apply, you will need to pay a $50 application fee and submit the following:

  • Academic transcripts
  • Professional résumé
  • Three references names and contact information
  • TOEFL or IELTS exam (required for international students) or minimum English proficiency: TOEFL paper 550, TOEFL internet 79, IELTS 6.5.

Note that under the Admission Objective section, you should select “Non-Degree, Graduate Certificate Objective” and then select your desired certificate.

Registration codes for the certificate courses will be sent out from the Business Graduate Programs office approximately 30 days prior to the term start date.

Applying for Multiple Certificates

The College of Business is pleased to provide multiple graduate certificate options. Please note, however, that students pursuing multiple graduate certificates may not apply the same course to more than one certificate. Below is a list of courses used by more than one certificate. If you have questions about this policy, please reach out to the Business Graduate Programs office at

Overlapping Courses in Certificates

  • Business Analytics and Marketing Analytics share GRBA 851
  • Business Analytics and Supply Chain Analytics share GRBA 851
  • Supply Chain Management and Supply Chain Analytics share GRBA 815
  • Marketing Analytics and Strategic Marketing share GRBA 813
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Before applying, ensure you have met the prerequisites of a bachelor’s degree.

There are no other specific course requirements for admission to the certificate program.

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What the Certificate Can Do for You

The Financial Communications Certificate Program is designed to provide expertise and practical skills to boost your career whether you work in the finance sector, media communications or anywhere in between. Let this joint program between the College of Journalism and Mass Communications and the College of Business be your guide to future success.

Sample Career Paths

Financial Journalist
Financial Advisor
Broadcast Journalism
Public Relations
Chief Financial Officer
Business Communications

Skills You Will Learn

Communication Technologies
Public Relations Strategies
Organizational Business Strategies
Writing Financial News
Interpreting Business Reports
Financial Statement Analysis
Capital Expenditure Analysis
Managing Finances

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June Start

Apply by April 1


August Start

Apply by July 1


January Start

Apply by November 1


Since certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid, we know cost is key. Our certificate programs are some of the most affordable in the Big Ten.


Maximize Your Investment

Completing a certificate can be a good way to get a feel for graduate level classes and diversify your expertise. You can roll your credits into another master's program later. If you're already enrolled in one of our MBA programs, you can use your MBA electives to earn this graduate certificate at the same time.

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Provide your information and we'll send you what you need to know about earning your graduate certificate at Nebraska.

If you have immediate questions about the Financial Communications Certificate, contact Adam Wagler, associate dean of academic programs for the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, at 402-472-4787. For all other programs, contact our Business Graduate Programs office at or 402-472-2338.

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