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Learn how to develop tomorrow’s technology today. 100% online.

Innovations in technology are disrupting the financial industry. From contactless payment to blockchain to cryptocurrency, from artificial intelligence to machine learning, financial technology is changing the way the world works. The demand for skilled professionals who understand how to develop technology solutions for financial processes is forecasted to grow by 11% or more annually.

The University of Wisconsin Graduate Certificate in Emerging Technologies in Fintech teaches you how to apply technical innovation to the unique financial services environment. As a 100 percent online program, the certificate combines the talent and resources of two University of Wisconsin campuses. As an online student, your degree will be the same respected University of Wisconsin degree earned by on-campus students. 

What You’ll Learn

The certificate curriculum was expertly designed to focus on the intersection of technology and finance.  Topics of study include:

  • Cloud computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other technologies used in a financial services context
  • Technologies for decentralized finance and blockchain applications
  • Risk management and cybersecurity
  • Digital tools and techniques
  • Financial processes and workflows

Learn more about the Emerging Technologies in Fintech courses.


Did you know? 

The UW Emerging Technologies in Fintech Certificate is one of two UW fintech certificates. Learn more about the UW Leading Fintech Transformations Graduate Certificate.  


Who should apply?

Emerging Technologies in Fintech Graduate Certificate students learn skills that help them advance in their current jobs, gain a competitive edge in the job market, or change careers entirely. A technical background is not required, and there are no pre-requisites.

Busy adults will find the flexibility of the online format especially convenient. Learn more about online learning with UW Extended Campus.

UW System Collaboration

The Emerging Technologies in Fintech Graduate Certificate program is a partnership of UW Extended Campus and UW-La Crosse and UW-Parkside. Learn more about our campus partners and choosing a home campus.

University Accreditation

Whether online or on campus, University of Wisconsin programs have a reputation for delivering world-class education and student support. Accreditation is your assurance that you will graduate with skills that are relevant to your field and valued by employers.

The Emerging Technologies in Fintech Graduate Certificate is approved by the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

Admission Information

Applicants must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution 
  • Official transcript with overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Depending on home campus chosen, a current resume may be required.

For students who do not meet the GPA requirements, a provisional admission may be made based on additional information, such as a statement of purpose and/ or interview with the applicant. 

Application deadlines

Application materials must be completed two weeks prior to the semester start to be considered for admission. 

Starting your application early will help ensure you have plenty of time to gather required materials (such as transcripts), transfer credits, and complete the University of Wisconsin System Online Admission Application

Find program start dates and registration dates on our important dates page. To see course offerings by semester, see the Course Schedule. 

How to Apply

Step 1: Decide which home campus you’d like to apply to. Campus partners for the Emerging Technologies in Fintech certificate are  UW-La Crosse* and UW-Parkside.
*If choosing UW-La Crosse as your home campus, please review the UW-La Crosse application process page for additional details. 

Step 2: Visit the University of Wisconsin System Online Admission Application, login or create an account, and apply to the home campus of your choice, and select “Emerging Technologies in Fintech Graduate Certificate” as the program. 

UW-La Crosse

  • Apply as a “Graduate Applicant”.
  • Select “Yes” when asked “Are you applying as a degree-seeking student?”, and that you would like to earn a “Graduate Degree”.
  • Select “UW-La Crosse” as the campus.
  • Choose “Emerging Technologies in Fintech Graduate Certificate-Collaborative” for program.

*For a limited time, UW Extended Campus is offering an application fee waiver to those who haven’t yet applied to the Spring, Summer or Fall 2024 semesters.  To redeem, use coupon code APPLY24 on the UW Online Application payment page.

UW-Parkside

  • Apply as a “Graduate Non-Degree Applicant”.
  • Select “No” when asked “Are you applying as a degree-seeking student”, and that you plan to take “Graduate” classes.
  • Select “UW-Parkside” as the campus.
  • Choose “Emerging Technologies in Fintech” for program.

No application fee. Skip the application fee section (not required for the certificate).

This program is not eligible for financial aid at UW-Parkside.

Step 3: Send your resume if needed and arrange to have your official college transcripts (from each institution you attended) sent to the graduate student admission office of the home campus to which you applied. 

International Guidelines

This program welcomes online students from around the world. Online students do not qualify for an F-1 Student Visa to travel to the U.S., but instead can participate in our online courses remotely. If your native language is not English and/or you attended school outside of the U.S., you will likely need to provide proof of English language proficiency and an official translation or evaluation of academic transcripts. Requirements will vary based on a student’s academic history and home campus policies. For guidance about these requirements and how they apply to your specific situation, contact your preferred home campus admissions office

If you would like to apply as an international student for an on-campus program in the UW System please refer to these resources through UW-HELP

Questions?

While you are free to apply on your own, many prospective students find it helpful to speak with an enrollment adviser first. Our staff is here to answer your questions, talk with you about your career goals, and help you decide if this program is a good choice for you. 

3 Courses. 9 Credits. 100% Online. 

Emerging Technologies in FinTech Graduate Certificate courses are available during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.  Three courses are required for completion of the certificate. There are no electives. Students must earn a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA in certificate coursework. All courses are 100 percent online and asynchronous. We’ve developed a state of the art virtual lab for students to remotely access dozens of technology tools; in addition, you’ll have access to instructors for questions and you’ll have your own personal Success Coach. 

CourseCredits

Students will learn how cloud computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning and other technologies are used in a financial services context. Additional topics such as API design, robotic process automation, risk analysis, and cybersecurity will also be discussed.

3 Credits

Covers Bitcoin, Ethereum and other blockchain technologies, cryptocurrencies vs blockchain, smart contracts, dApps, DeFi applications, crypto wallets, blockchain test nets & transactions, regulatory landscape, crypto trading and implications on accounting.

3 Credits

Students will learn artificial intelligence and machine learning strategies and how they can be used to build more efficient financial services. AI/ML techniques include decision trees, kNN, Random Forests, SVM for applications such as credit evaluation, fraud detection, loan underwriting, algorithmic trading, and chatbots.

3 Credits

Spring 2024

Course Preview Week: January 16 - January 22, 2024
Semester Dates: January 23 - May 03, 2024

CourseCredits

Students will learn how cloud computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning and other technologies are used in a financial services context. Additional topics such as API design, robotic process automation, risk analysis, and cybersecurity will also be discussed.

3 Credits

Summer 2024

Registration Opens: March 11, 2024
Course Preview Week: May 21 - May 27, 2024
Semester Dates: May 28 - August 09, 2024

CourseCredits

Covers Bitcoin, Ethereum and other blockchain technologies, cryptocurrencies vs blockchain, smart contracts, dApps, DeFi applications, crypto wallets, blockchain test nets & transactions, regulatory landscape, crypto trading and implications on accounting.

3 Credits

Fall 2024

Registration Opens: April 08, 2024
Course Preview Week: August 27 - September 02, 2024
Semester Dates: September 03 - December 13, 2024

CourseCredits

Students will learn artificial intelligence and machine learning strategies and how they can be used to build more efficient financial services. AI/ML techniques include decision trees, kNN, Random Forests, SVM for applications such as credit evaluation, fraud detection, loan underwriting, algorithmic trading, and chatbots.

3 Credits

Spring 2025

Registration Opens: November 11, 2024
Course Preview Week: January 21 - January 27, 2025
Semester Dates: January 28 - May 09, 2025

CourseCredits

Students will learn how cloud computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning and other technologies are used in a financial services context. Additional topics such as API design, robotic process automation, risk analysis, and cybersecurity will also be discussed.

3 Credits

Covers Bitcoin, Ethereum and other blockchain technologies, cryptocurrencies vs blockchain, smart contracts, dApps, DeFi applications, crypto wallets, blockchain test nets & transactions, regulatory landscape, crypto trading and implications on accounting.

3 Credits

Summer 2025

Registration Opens: March 10, 2025
Course Preview Week: May 20 - May 26, 2025
Semester Dates: May 27 - August 08, 2025

CourseCredits

Covers Bitcoin, Ethereum and other blockchain technologies, cryptocurrencies vs blockchain, smart contracts, dApps, DeFi applications, crypto wallets, blockchain test nets & transactions, regulatory landscape, crypto trading and implications on accounting.

3 Credits

Students will learn artificial intelligence and machine learning strategies and how they can be used to build more efficient financial services. AI/ML techniques include decision trees, kNN, Random Forests, SVM for applications such as credit evaluation, fraud detection, loan underwriting, algorithmic trading, and chatbots.

3 Credits

Fall 2025

Registration Opens: April 14, 2025
Course Preview Week: August 26 - September 01, 2025
Semester Dates: September 02 - December 12, 2025

CourseCredits

Students will learn how cloud computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning and other technologies are used in a financial services context. Additional topics such as API design, robotic process automation, risk analysis, and cybersecurity will also be discussed.

3 Credits

The Graduate Certificate in Emerging Technologies in FinTech was developed with advice from industry experts across various technology disciplines to equip graduates with practical skills that allow them to pursue jobs in a variety of settings. You’ll graduate with confidence that your skills and knowledge will match employer needs and expectations.

Program outcomes are based on current industry standards and best practices.

Students completing the Emerging Technologies in FinTech certificate will be able to: 

  • Apply computational systems and technologies to integrate financial processes and improve workflows. 
  • Experiment with technologies for decentralized finance and blockchain applications.
  • Use digital tools and techniques for analytical applications in financial organizations. 
  • Utilize artificial intelligence and machine learning in financial applications.

Tuition is a flat fee of $725 per credit whether you live in Wisconsin or out of state.

There are no additional course or program fees, however, textbooks are purchased separately and are not included in tuition. You will not pay segregated fees (fees in addition to tuition that cover the cost of student-organized activities, facility maintenance, and operations) and you will not be charged a technology fee. If software or special technology is required in one of your courses, it will be provided to you and is included in your tuition. 

Financial Aid

Students enrolling in certificate programs may be eligible for financial aid. Contact your home campus financial aid office to see if you qualify for aid. 

Visit our financial aid page to learn more about FAFSA and other sources of financial aid. 

Veteran Benefits

Benefits are available to qualifying veterans and those currently serving. Contact your home campus veteran services office for details. 

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