What does it cost?

Georgia residents: $4,058 per semester
Non-Georgia residents: $8,912 per semester
Nonrefundable seat deposit: $250

Tuition is subject to change.

Please note: the above tuition rates apply to new non-degree-seeking students. Current master's students who embed a certificate within their degree will be charged at a different rate. See the Tuition tab below to learn more.

How long will it take?

Two semesters. Two courses per semester.

All required classes to earn the graduate certificate can be completed online.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus, Online

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

The Robinson College of Business reviews applications on a rolling basis. The deadlines below are intended to serve as benchmarks. Due to our rolling admissions process, we encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Applicants can expect to receive a decision within six weeks of the Office of Graduate Admissions receiving all required materials.

Students can enter the program in the fall or spring.

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Fintech Innovation, Graduate Certificate

Lindsay Fortner, program recruiter
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404-413-7148

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Atlanta is the fintech capital of the world. Atlanta-based firms handle 70 percent of the credit, debit, and prepaid card sales in the nation, hence the city’s nickname, “Transaction Alley.” In the state of Georgia alone, more than 5,000 opportunities will emerge in this sector over the next few years. There is no faster, more affordable way to learn key fintech concepts than through the Certificate in Fintech Innovation at the Robinson College of Business.

The certificate will ground you with an understanding of the impact fintech technologies make on the financial services field. By the end, you will be able to tackle business problems with creative and innovative fintech-driven solutions.

Leverage the Known and Unknown in Our Innovation Studio

What truly sets the certificate apart is our Innovation Studio, which provides an experiential environment for networking and collaboration. As part of an interdisciplinary team, you will test prototypes, design compelling and competitive value propositions, and pitch to prospective customers and investors. You also will develop critical soft skills like emotional intelligence, communication, and social influence/trust. Via a collision of perspectives and concepts, you will become comfortable with ambiguity and experimentation, and build the courage to explore and leverage the known—and unknown—technologies that are profoundly impacting our world.

Available Through Robinson Anywhere

Robinson Anywhere is an advanced education platform that is as close to in-person interaction as it gets. In fact, we think it’s even better. You’ll engage in real-time dialogue with instructors, guest speakers, and partner employers, and hear the perspectives of students from all over the world.

Apply Your Certificate Toward a Future Master’s
You can take your certificate even further, if you decide. Credits from your courses can be applied toward our Flexible MBA and M.S. in Finance programs, upon admission. You can dip your toe in now, and dive all in later—whatever makes sense, considering your unique situation and goals.
Embed Your Certificate into Your Master’s
If you currently are pursuing a Flexible MBA or M.S. in Finance at Robinson, you can embed this certificate into your coursework. By taking just four classes, you will give yourself a powerful edge and stand even further apart from other talent.

Program Details

Application Requirements

Learn more about the application process and what you will need to apply.

The program can be completed in 12 months (2 semesters).

Two-Semester Program of Study

Required Courses

  • FI 8460 – The Fintech Ecosystem
    Throughout this hands-on course, students develop a broad understanding of fintech’s impact on financial industries. Topics include but are not limited to blockchain and cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Altcoins, smart contracts, decentralized applications, smart contracts, P2P lending and crowdfunding, machine learning, and applications of blockchain technologies in various finance sectors.
  • ENI 8010 – Innovation Studio 1: Innovation & Design Thinking
    Design thinking is taught as a systematic approach to innovation and creative problem-solving that can be used in many industries. In this course, students are introduced to resourceful problem discovery through methods of noticing, observing, and analyzing data. Using a combination of the lean startup methodology and design thinking, students conduct experiments as well as interviews, and test prototypes to verify the viability of proposed solutions. Further, ideation models are applied to conceptualize new-to-the-world technologies, business models, products, and services as potential business ventures. Students will become comfortable with ambiguity, experimentation, and online collaboration.
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  • FI 8462 – Blockchain and Business Disruption
    This course provides an introduction to blockchain technology and its disruptive role in sectors such as banking, payments, securities exchanges, real estate, insurance, supply chains, healthcare, and media. Topics include fundamentals of blockchain technology, applications and use cases of blockchain in different industries, implications of blockchain on business practices and regulation, cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings, blockchain platforms (Ethereum, Quorum, Corda), smart contracts, and web-based decentralized applications.
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Elective Courses (Select One)

  • ENI 8011 – Innovation Studio 2: Launch and Scale
    This experiential course is treated as a mini-accelerator. The class teaches “the entrepreneurial mindset” as well as how to apply that to launch and scale a business, develop solutions to business challenges, or create new products and services that result in growth opportunities for an organization. Students explore a rigorous and disciplined approach to validating product market fit, building teams, developing viable business models, and crafting messaging and pitches that resonate with the audience. Students apply these learnings on a remote team project. The challenge? Launching and scaling a business or solution, ideally generating revenue before the end of the semester. Every few weeks, students convene in the classroom to receive feedback and coaching on their approaches, results, and future experiments.
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  • RMI 8400 – InsureTech: New Technologies in Insurance Markets
    Through a blend of lectures, case discussions, guest speakers, and student presentations, students explore topics such as the Internet of Things (IoT) in insurance markets, automated underwriting, blockchain for claims processing and automation, big data/machine learning in actuarial science and related ethical issues, and telematics. By the end of the course, students will learn to: (1) describe a variety of applications of technology to the insurance industry, (2) think critically about the viability of each of these innovations, and identify threats and opportunities, and (3) discuss insurtech concepts confidently and expertly in front of a variety of audiences.
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  • FI 8092 – AI and Machine Learning Applications in Finance
    Students will develop skills for applying modern machine learning methods and other analytics techniques (such as Python programming) to address practical problems encountered in asset management, corporation finance, and financial institution settings. The techniques include tree regression, neutral network, textual analysis, web scraping, data visualization, and model assessment and selection using cross-validation.
  • FI 8090 – Financial Data Analytics
    Through hands-on assignments, students will use modern machine learning techniques, statistical methods, and prediction models to analyze and address modern financial industry problems. Topics include an introduction to R, financial data visualization, simple and multiple linear regression, classification models, high-dimensional data analysis using Lasso, tree-based regression, and model assessment and selection using cross-validation.

Georgia residents: $4,058 per semester
Non-Georgia residents: $8,912 per semester
Nonrefundable seat deposit: $250

Tuition is subject to change.

Please note: the above tuition rates apply to new non-degree-seeking students. Students who are enrolled in a cohort master's program will be charged at their current cohort tuition rate. Students who are enrolled in the Flexible MBA program will be charged at their current flexible tuition rate.

Financial Aid

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We are here to help you understand the cost of your program, the payment schedule and financing opportunities.

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The mission of the Graduate Certificate in Fintech Innovation is to ground students with an understanding of the impact fintech technologies make on the financial services field, and to equip them with the ability to tackle business problems with creative and innovative fintech-driven solutions.

Meet Your Faculty

Haci Akcin

Clinical Assistant Professor;
Former Group Vice President, Model Development Department, SunTrust Banks

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Clinical Associate Professor

Dave Forquer Headshot

Assistant Dean for Executive Programs

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Clinical Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Director, Media Entrepreneurship & Innovation Programs

H. Talmage Dobbs Jr. Chair in Finance

Program Stories

Through Innovation Studio, Healthcare Leader Builds App That Streamlines the Patient Experience
Grace Bendinger is more tech savvy than the average nurse, but still never thought she'd be able to tell people she knows how to build an app. Robinson's Innovation Studio changed that.
Ross CadoThe Innovation Studio Made This Introvert Uncomfortable in a Good Way
Ross Cado is exploring how blockchain can be used across industries: securing the mobile voting experience, streamlining supply chains, and motivating people to complete daily chores.

Contacts

Your recruiter is here to answer your questions and help you prepare a strong application.
Set up an appointment with your recruiter

Lindsay Fortner, program recruiter
lfortner@gsu.edu
404-413-7148

35 Broad St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303