New MOOC Professional Certificate Program Corporate Finance set to launch September 27

Sep 1, 2017 | Announcements

On September 27, 2017, the Columbia Business School and the Center for Teaching and Learning will launch a new MOOC (massive open online course) professional certificate program Corporate Finance on the edX platform. The courses are free and open to all with an optional paid verified certificate.

The interactive, hands-on program is based on the first-year course taught in Columbia Business School’s MBA core. It is targeted at students and professionals looking to advance their career in a range of professions, including investment banking, private equity, consulting, general management, and CFO track jobs within a corporation.


The program provides an opportunity to learn through a variety of real-world transactions and case studies as well as work through exercises in constructing Excel models to help deepen understanding of concepts. Led by Professor Daniel Wolfenson, Stefan H. Robock Professor of Finance and Economics, the program explores both the sound theoretical principles of finance and the practical environment in which financial decisions are made.

The Corporate Finance Professional Certificate includes three courses: Introduction to Corporate Finance, The Free Cash Flow Method for Firm Valuation, and Risk and Return and the Weighted Average Cost of Capital.

“This certificate program makes up the foundation of finance,” said Professor Wolfenson. “It contains the principles of finance that anyone in business should know.”

Daniel Wolfenzon is the Stefan H. Robock Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School. He received a Masters and a PhD in economics from Harvard University and holds a BS in economics and a BS in mechanical engineering from MIT. He is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Professor Wolfenson’s research interests are in corporate finance and organizational economics. He has studied control sharing in small firms, the effects of investor protection on ownership concentration, and the structure of business groups around the world. His most recent research focuses on family firms. He has examined the consequences of family succession on firm performance and also the importance of managerial talent in family controlled firms.

The course will consist of video lectures, activities for exploration and application, online discussions, supplemental resources for further exploration of the topics, and interactive assessments.

Visit ColumbiaX to register for the Corporate Finance Professional Certificate Program and to keep informed about upcoming MOOC releases from Columbia.