The UConn School of Business will offer a graduate certificate in financial technology (FinTech) in response to business demand for talent in this growing field.
The in-person program will be offered in Hartford and Stamford. The first cohort will enroll in the fall of 2022, with additional admission planned for the spring and summer of next year.
The UConn Board of Directors, which approved the new certificate program at a meeting on Wednesday, expressed great enthusiasm for the FinTech certificate and noted that it, along with a recently created master’s degree in fintech, will position UConn as an international leader in fintech education. .
“Fintech has disrupted traditional practices in the financial industry and changed the way we bank, shop, trade, invest and pay,” says John A. Elliott, dean of the School of Business. “We look forward to expanding our educational offerings in this area and anticipate that our graduates will have a significant impact on this development.”
The School of Business launched a comprehensive master’s degree in fintech in January. Students in the certificate program will be able to learn from the same research experts and industry professionals.
The new offering, a 12-credit graduate certificate, should appeal to mid-career managers and executives looking to broaden their skills. The FinTech program combines lessons in business analytics, technology solutions, and financial services.
“Our partner companies are looking for a pool of talent at all experience and skill levels,” says Professor John Wilson, Academic Director of the program. “I think this program appeals to students and professionals who think, ‘There has to be a better way to do this,’ and who want to use technology to solve a problem.”
“At UConn, we not only have academic expertise, but also a huge geographic advantage with a plethora of insurance companies in Hartford, financial companies in Stamford and biotech companies in Boston all competing for this talent,” Wilson said. “This is an exciting, welcoming and revolutionary career space, offering a tremendous opportunity for those who want to pursue it. ”
Only a few colleges and universities in the United States offer a full graduate program in this emerging field, and UConn is the only one in Connecticut to do so, says Professor Jose Cruz, associate dean of graduate programs at the School of Business. In fact, if students wish to continue their studies beyond the certificate, all of their course credits would be accepted for the Masters in Fintech at UConn.
For more information, please contact John Wilson at [email protected] Applications are available at https://fintech.business.uconn.edu/certificate
The School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), considered the gold standard of accreditation, which assures applicants that the program meets a strict set of educational parameters. Less than 5% of commercial programs worldwide receive this designation.