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Learn to lead the fintech revolution. 100% online.

Technology is rapidly transforming the financial industry. Across the country, financial institutions are searching for strategic leaders who understand technology’s impact on the financial space and know how to deliver innovative solutions. Now is the time to prepare yourself to take advantage of the surge in fintech career opportunities. Learn how to meet the demands of the changing landscape of finance and become a leader in this emerging field.

The online University of Wisconsin Graduate Certificate in Leading Fintech Transformation provides you with the knowledge and skills to apply fintech solutions to business problems. This program positions you as a standout to employers by combining technical expertise with deep knowledge of the financial industry.

What You’ll Learn

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

  • Technology-assisted processes in the financial services industry
  • Financial organizations: how they operate, and how they profit
  • Financial analytics and visualization
  • Strategic technology plans
  • Cultivating an innovative organizational structure

Learn more about the Leading Fintech Transformation courses.


Did you know? 

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


Who should apply?

Leading Fintech Transformation Graduate Certificate students learn skills that help them advance in the financial industry, 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 Leading Fintech Transformation 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 Leading Fintech Transformation 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
  • A current resume

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: 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 “Leading Fintech Transformation 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 “Leading Fintech Transformation 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 “Leading Fintech Transformation” 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. 

Leading Fintech Transformation 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 superior 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

Covers the FinTech ecosystem and its technology-assisted processes including core banking systems, Automated Clearing House (ACH) processing, payment systems, money movement apps, bill pay systems, digital assets, lending, insurance, investing, and credit card networks. Students analyze and assess the financial performance of financial service providers using publicly available financial statements and key financial performance indicators. (3 credits)

3 Credits

Covers financial data technologies, financial data visualization, and developing financial analytics applications using current analytics software tools. (3 credits)

3 Credits

Develop competencies required to cultivate an innovative organizational culture in the financial services industry.  Learn how to develop, evaluate, and manage a strategic technology plan.  Explore fintech project management topics, life cycle models, development processes, business analysis, risk analysis, vendor selection and cybersecurity. (3 credits)

3 Credits

At least one course will be offered every spring, summer and fall. 

If the current semester is open for enrollment, admitted students may request permission numbers. 

Spring 2024

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

CourseCredits

Covers the FinTech ecosystem and its technology-assisted processes including core banking systems, Automated Clearing House (ACH) processing, payment systems, money movement apps, bill pay systems, digital assets, lending, insurance, investing, and credit card networks. Students analyze and assess the financial performance of financial service providers using publicly available financial statements and key financial performance indicators. (3 credits)

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 financial data technologies, financial data visualization, and developing financial analytics applications using current analytics software tools. (3 credits)

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

Develop competencies required to cultivate an innovative organizational culture in the financial services industry.  Learn how to develop, evaluate, and manage a strategic technology plan.  Explore fintech project management topics, life cycle models, development processes, business analysis, risk analysis, vendor selection and cybersecurity. (3 credits)

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

Covers the FinTech ecosystem and its technology-assisted processes including core banking systems, Automated Clearing House (ACH) processing, payment systems, money movement apps, bill pay systems, digital assets, lending, insurance, investing, and credit card networks. Students analyze and assess the financial performance of financial service providers using publicly available financial statements and key financial performance indicators. (3 credits)

3 Credits

Covers financial data technologies, financial data visualization, and developing financial analytics applications using current analytics software tools. (3 credits)

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 financial data technologies, financial data visualization, and developing financial analytics applications using current analytics software tools. (3 credits)

3 Credits

Develop competencies required to cultivate an innovative organizational culture in the financial services industry.  Learn how to develop, evaluate, and manage a strategic technology plan.  Explore fintech project management topics, life cycle models, development processes, business analysis, risk analysis, vendor selection and cybersecurity. (3 credits)

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

Covers the FinTech ecosystem and its technology-assisted processes including core banking systems, Automated Clearing House (ACH) processing, payment systems, money movement apps, bill pay systems, digital assets, lending, insurance, investing, and credit card networks. Students analyze and assess the financial performance of financial service providers using publicly available financial statements and key financial performance indicators. (3 credits)

3 Credits

Students completing the Leading Fintech Transformation Graduate Certificate will be able to: 

  • Compare and contrast different types of financial institutions and the technology-assisted processes needed to operate them. 
  • Analyze and assess organizations using recognized fiscal performance measures.
  • Develop and operationalize a strategic technology plan for fintech innovations.
  • Apply project management techniques for ongoing digital transformation in financial organizations.
  • Create digital tools to support financial analytics.

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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