College Offers Bloomberg Certification Programs
In addition to core educational resources—comprehensive courses, knowledgeable and experienced faculty, applied knowledge experiences—the
Bloomberg is a premier financial database used by many professionals in the world of finance. An information-rich system, Bloomberg gives users real-time stock prices, foreign exchange rates, commodity trading information, and details about any publicly traded entity.
Shelley Campbell, director of the MSF program, says that access to Bloomberg and the training programs is a significant enhancement to the MSF program. “We’re lucky to have it. If someone is willing to put in the time it takes to complete the certifications, that student graduates with an excellent credential.”
A Bloomberg terminal is housed in the Business and Economics Library, across the street from
Carissa Holler, business and finance information librarian and associate professor of library administration, has completed all of the available certificates and works with students seeking certification. She has conducted surveys of MSF students to assess interest, done a minimum time requirement study, and has produced informational materials to help students understand the commitment required to become certified. While students have been slow to start their certification tracks, Holler found that demand was present in the MSF program. “While only ten have started the process, about forty MSF students expressed an interest in becoming certified,” Holler said.
One such student is Chul Soo Chun, a graduate student in the MSF program. He has been diligently working on becoming certified and has found it to be an enjoyable and valuable experience. Chun feels that it will improve his financial knowledge and keep him in contact with the current business world. Yet it has not been an easy process. “It’s quite a long program and very time consuming. But it’s definitely worth it,” he says.