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Completion Requirements

  • 20 quarter credits
    • Foundation course (5 cr.)
    • Focus sequence (15 cr.)

If you are interested in choosing individual courses from the existing focus area to design an option that best meets your goals, please contact an enrollment specialist at 855-651-2890.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment specialist at 855-651-2890.


Course Code Title Credits


MGMT 8003M

Gateway to Doctoral Management Studies

Students begin their journeys as scholar-practitioners in this doctoral management gateway course. Students will learn what it means to earn a doctorate and a Walden PhD degree. No organization can succeed without being led and managed. Students will graduate with a unique perspective on organizational success. They will develop a personal navigational tool, the skills development and an assessment plan (SDAP) to identify their goals, assess the skills they will need to develop, and begin to consider the importance of managing their time as they deepen their journey into the program. Through this course, students will then be prepared for the journey that will take them from absorbing knowledge to becoming creators of knowledge. During this orientation course, students will grapple with some of the biggest questions facing the management profession. While engaging in these and other questions regarding the future of management, students will be introduced to the full spectrum of Walden resources and become familiarized with Walden's academic support systems. Designed to make them better critical thinkers and scholarly writers, these resources include the Writing Center, the Walden Library, the Academic Skills Center, and the Center for Research Quality. Students also focus on beginning their development of critical reading, writing, and questioning, and reflective skills, all of which are needed to succeed as scholar-practitioners.

(5 cr.)


MGMT 8605M

Financial Risk Management and Decision Making for Organizations

All responsible leaders consider the fiscal implications of the decisions they make on a daily basis, such as those involving growth, sustainability, and employee issues. In this course, students are provided with a survey of fundamental concepts in financial decision making. Students examine core principles, such as the time value of money, decision making under conditions of uncertainty, valuation, risk management, mergers and acquisitions, and capital budgeting. They also explore the legal, ethical, and global dimensions of financial economic decision-making theories and practices. Students will also consider the impact and limitations of financial markets in society, and how risk and return for firms is mediated and moderated by agency effects, information asymmetries, and both rational and irrational aspects of market behavior.Topics that students are encouraged to explore include risk management, financial decision making, uncertainty valuations, mergers and acquisitions, global ethical decision making, managing growth and sustainability, legal and ethical decision making in finance, managing economic growth and sustainability, and time value of money and the capital structure puzzle. As scholars, students will need to work independently to develop their understanding about the various topics the class has selected for the discussions.


  • MGMT 8003M
  • MGMT 8005M
  • MGMT 8007M
  • MGMT 8009M
  • RSCH 8110

(5 cr.)
MGMT 8615M

Financial Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethics

Financial ethics is a crucial topic for today's corporate financial leaders and managers. The financial benefits of ethical compliance and corporate social responsibility globally are considered in this course. Students will discuss and analyze the role of ethics compliance reporting as well as antitrust reporting in a corporate environment. Students will also debate the ramifications of controlling compliance risks, how ethical behavior adds value to organizations financially, how organization structures impact financial ethics, and corporate social responsibility. Alternative operationalization and measurement approaches for the corporate social responsibility and corporate financial performance concepts that have been deployed in empirical literature are also discussed. 


  • MGMT 8405M or MGMT 8505M or MGMT 8605M or MGMT 8705M or MGMT 8805M

(5 cr.)
MGMT 8625M

Leadership Through Changing Financial Organizational Structures

Financial managers need specific understanding about organizational structures and how to deal with startups, benefit corporations, nonprofits, and other organizational structures. Students will also discuss the financial issues in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and investor financing. In both M&A and investor financing, tangible and intangible assets need consideration. Financial managers also need to consider economic sustainability, profitability, and managing the effects of innovation. There are also other financial realities that are becoming more relevant that financial leaders and managers need to consider, such as alternative currencies and how that will impact investments, research and development, and an organization's relationship with the conventional banking system. How will alternative currencies change the way startups manage their finances? These are some of the important questions students will explore and around which they will develop theoretical hypotheses.


  • MGMT 8405M or MGMT 8505M or MGMT 8605M or MGMT 8705M or MGMT 8805M

(5 cr.)

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost amount
Tuition 20 quarter credit hours $743 per quarter hour $14,860
Technology Fee Per quarter $165 $660


*The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.


Admissions Requirements

Since our certificate programs are offered at different levels, admission requirements vary. Call 844-768-0199 to find out the admission requirements for your certificate program of interest.

Exceptions and other requirements may apply, depending on the program you choose. Consult your Walden Enrollment Specialist about admission requirements for specific degree programs. Call 844-768-0199 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers.


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