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  • Type: Public
  • Degree(s): Both


The Finance curriculum at Cleveland State University introduces business students to theories, concepts, practices, and advances in financial analysis and financial management. Topics covered include risk estimation and solutions, efficient management of funds, selection of alternative sources of financing, the financial adaptation of the firm and the individual investor to a dynamic economic and political environment, the fundamental and technical valuation of various types of assets, and the determination of appropriate investment policies for the firm and the individual within the U.S. as well as the international environment. The Finance faculty is recognized nationally and internationally for its expertise and scholarship in corporate finance and investments. The Center for Real Estate Research is especially well- known throughout the world, most notably in the area of real estate investments.

Core Focus

Graduate Certificate in Urban Real Estate and Finance
BBA Finance Major, Specialization in Real Estate

Program Highlights

The graduate certificate program in Urban Real Estate Development and Finance is offered jointly by the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and the Monte Ahuja College of Business. In addition to Cleveland State faculty, guest lecturers from the real estate community enhance the program by providing up-to-date examples of successful projects. The program provides engaged learning and focused, hands-on experience in project-level real estate and real estate finance, investment, and valuation. Courses are offered in the evening to accommodate working students. The sixteen-credit certificate may be earned in one year.

Students in the Finance major can specialize in Management of Financial Institutions, Investment and Security Management, Real Estate Finance or Financial Management. The faculty work closely with the region’s financial service firms and the finance departments of area businesses in placing Finance majors in professional internships and co-op positions.
Finance Faculty also encourages Finance majors to pursue the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. We offer, in partnership with Stalla, a comprehensive and detailed CFA Exam preparation course. This time-proven successful format provides students with the knowledge and confidence to pass the CFA exam, greatly expanding their career opportunities.


*This information is based on the school's 2017/2018 program and may not reflect changes, updates or deletions to the programs.