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Professional Certificate in Fintech

The Future of Finance.

Program Overview

The trend in the financial industry is clear: Technology powered financial services is the way of the future, and it is critical that finance professionals have the technology acumen to ensure your firm is not left behind. It is becoming increasingly important for organizations to understand not only the application of expansive technological advancements like AI and machine learning in the area of finance, but also technologies that are integral to the future of financial services like distributed ledgers and algorithmic trading.


The Financial Technology Professional Certificate program provides an overview of the most recent technological advances that are radically changing the financial services industry, and all other industries that rely on automated financial transactions, as a result.


These technological breakthroughs offer new ways for people and organizations to save, invest, borrow, and transact. Learn how new technologies create value in the financial industry, from reducing unit cost, increasing transparency, increasing competition, creating network effects, leveraging economies of scales, and lowering asymmetric information. The program also explores the competitive landscape and the market opportunities and threats for incumbents and new entrants.


  • Develop into an expert in the intersection of financial and technology
  • Discover how financial institutions create value and build competitive advantage using technology
  • Understand what machine learning is, and how it is used in finance
  • Uncover what blockchain technology is, and how distributed ledgers will change financial markets
  • Realize the exciting world of APIs in finance – the latest hot area of fintech

Courses in this Program

UTAustinX's Fintech: The Future of Finance Professional Certificate

Fintech: Overview of the Fintech Sector

Course one provides an overview of the Fintech sector.

Week 1 : Module 1 - Introduction to the Fintech Sector

  • The Financial Sector Today
  • Value Creation in Finance
  • Emerging Technologies in Finance
  • How do Financial Institutions Create Value

Week 2: Module 2 & 3 – Financial Regulation and the World of Fintech

  • The Regulatory Environment in the U.S.
  • Regulating Fintech Companies
  • Fintech Companies of the Day
  • Business Case on Fintech


Fintech: Blockchain for Business and Finance

Course two focuses on distributed ledgers, blockchains, and cryptocurrencies.

Week 1: Cryptography

  • Hashing
  • Encryption and Decryption

Week 2: Blockchain Technology

  • Intro to Blockchain
  • Blockchain Mechanics

Week 3: Blockchain Applications

  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Wallets and Crypto-exchanges
  • Enterprise Blockchain applications

Week 4: Financing Blockchain Ventures

  • COs
  • Regulating Blockchain Technology


Fintech: AI & Machine Learning in the Financial Industry

Course three analyzes the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning to the finance industry, from credit scoring models in marketplace lending and crowdfunding, to algorithmic trading and robo-advising. 

Week 1: P2P Crowdfunding

  • Equity Crowdfunding
  • Marketplace Lending

Week 2: Overview of Artificial Intelligence

  • Measuring Accuracy
  • Overfitting
  • Linear Machine Learning Models

Week 3:

  • Non-linear Machine Learning Models
  • Deep learning
  • Credit Modeling

Week 4:

  • Robo-advising
  • Social Investing
  • Quantitative Investing


Fintech: IoT and APIs in the Financial Industry

Course four concentrates on the internet of things, with a focus on insurance and electronic payments, including domestic mobile payments, open banking, and international remittances.

Week 1: IoT and Finance

  • Internet of Things
  • APIs and Finance
  • Open Banking
  • Insurtech

Week 2: Payments

  • Mobile Payments
  • Payment Processing
  • Payment Encryption
  • Financial system communication
  • Cross-border payments 

Week 3: The future of Fintech

The program will cover both the business opportunities and growth areas in the fintech industry, as well as the technology underpinning the industry, from machine learning to blockchain, APIs and IoTs.


UTAustinX's Fintech: The Future of Finance Professional Certificate

Job Outlook

  • The employment trend in finance is unquestionable. We will need more and more tech-savvy finance experts, and fewer routine-task labor.
  • With the introduction of Banking as a Service (BaaS), most industries will incorporate fintech in their businesses. Almost half of organizations have embedded fintech full into their strategic operating model.
  • The majority of Technology, Media, Telecommunication, and Financial Services organizations worldwide are creating jobs related to fintech, but struggling to fill these positions.
  • Upskilling of fintech skills is a critical component to the professional career of anyone working in finance or technology.

Designed For

This certificate is appropriate for a variety of professionals across verticals. Whether you work for a global corporation or a small business, we can help.

  • Reimbursement Options

    Learn more about course credits and options for course reimbursement. Get tips on the best way to approach your manager and download a customizable template to facilitate making the ask.
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  • Cesare Fracassi

    Cesare joined the Finance Faculty at the McCombs School of Business in 2009. His primary research interest is in the area of corporate finance.

UTAustinX's Fintech: The Future of Finance Professional Certificate

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