Certificate in Banking & Financial Services


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Gain the Real-World Skills Employers Value

The banking industry is actively recruiting management talent with a banking background and an understanding of technology as the industry evolves.  EKU’s 100% online banking and financial services certificate program focuses on experiential learning and takes a real-world  approach to curriculum to meet the needs of today’s banking industry.  Students benefit from the relationships our experienced faculty have built with banks, federal agencies and bank technology services providers. Graduates of our AACSB-accredited program are prepared to take on key roles in banking management and increase salary potential. 

Career Outlook

Employment in business and financial occupations is projected to grow 7 percent from 2021 to 2031.

— U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Common Job Titles for Business Graduates

A degree in business can open the door to a wide variety of career options across the industry spectrum.

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Job Titles Include:

  • Financial Analysts
  • Budget Analysts
  • Financial examiners
  • Cost Estimators
  • Data-scientists


Where Have EKU Business Graduates Worked?

EKU business graduates work in a variety of fields and positions.

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Employers Include:

  • Elite Dental Partners
  • Saver Group
  • Capital Insurance Group (CIG)
  • Hightower Advisors

EKU Online Career Services

The EKU Office of Academic and Career Services is a one-stop shop for all of your career and professional development needs.

Services include:

  • Creating/Updating Your Resume and Cover Letter
  • Interviewing Tips and Coaching
  • Career Documents Review
  • Job Search

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Benefits of EKU Online

Learn essential skills for today’s business environment. Our fully accredited online programs are made up of the same high-quality courses and taught by the same experienced professors as the on-campus programs.

  • Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  • No campus visits required
  • Free application
  • Free textbooks through EKU BookSmart
  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • 6 start dates per year
  • Reduced tuition for active-duty military members and their spouses
  • Free online tutoring and career services assistance
  • Dedicated advisors who provide personalized graduation plans
  • Students become Certified in Credit Analysis by taking a certification exam at the end of Credit Analysis (FIN 315)
  • Experience with ProBanker Bank Management Simulation Software in Bank Management (FIN 437)
  • Annual Banking and Finance Meetup Event where students network with Nationally recognized industry leaders in banking and financial services
  • High-performing students.  Our students win national banking competitions and scholarship money!
  • Ranked by S. News & World Report among the best universities offering online degrees


EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as corporate finance, entrepreneurial finance, forensic accounting, and investment and portfolio theory.

Degree Requirements

A total of 18 credits are required to graduate.

View the banking and financial services certificate requirements:

Please review the admissions requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 7 of the University undergraduate catalog.

FIN 304 Financial Institutions (3)
A comprehensive overview of the financial institutions industry, with an emphasis on commercial banks.

FIN 315 Financial Statement and Loan Analysis (3)
This course introduces the fundamentals of financial analysis for the purpose of credit analysis from the perspective of commercial banks. Students will learn from case studies adapted from real life examples to develop an understanding of credit risk, the development of lending policies and procedures, pricing loans and expectations of risk and return.

FIN 324 Principles of Investments (3)
Analysis of the characteristics, valuation, and tax implications of various investments such as common and preferred stock; corporate, federal, and municipal debt; mutual funds; money market accounts; options and futures. Explores methods of trading securities.

FIN 437 Bank Management (3)
A synthesis of the financial concepts and theories mastered in previous finance courses. The student will develop a quantitative and qualitative understanding of financial institutions management and how decisions are made. This course includes a bank management simulation activity.


Zak Hess

Zak Hess

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Enrollment Advisor Zak Hess for information about the EKU Online Risk Management and Insurance, Business Administration, Finance and Public Accounting Bachelor’s Degree programs and certificates.

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Application Deadlines


Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall A July 5 August
Fall B August 31 October
Spring A November 30 January
Spring B January 31 March
Summer A April 5 May
Summer B  May 31 June


Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
Big E Central (Financial Aid & Student Account Services): 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345

Student Success

I chose EKU because I am a unique student with unique needs, and EKU provides an avenue for students like me to succeed.

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Online Military Students

EKU Online offers veterans and active duty military students an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience and flexibility.

Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $258 per credit hour for undergraduate and $335 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.

*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.

“I’d like to thank the EKU College of Justice & Safety for the opportunity to complete my degree online. It’s very user-friendly, and everyone has bent over backwards to make this happen.”

– 1LT Heath Bergmann, EKU Online Graduate

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  • “After the birth of our first child, I knew I needed to go back and finish what I started,” said McKenzie. “I was happy that I could pick up where I left off at EKU even though I lived in a different state.” – EKU Online student and mom
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