Discover the Digital Transformation of Financial Services

Financial technology, also known as Fintech, is not only changing the traditional banking system but disrupting the financial industry in ways we haven't seen before. In this course, you’ll learn how investments, payment processing platforms, and lending are all embracing the fintech wave, with new technologies like robotics, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain. Explore how these disruptors are capturing revenue, democratizing access, and changing economies the worldover. Thinking of a career in finance or technology? Start here.

Get notified when the application period opens in Fall 2023.

Program Dates

Multi-length courses available throughout the year

Eligibility

For students ages 13 and up

Fees

$1195

Understand the Fascinating World of Fintech

Learn the Fine Points of Financial Services

Delve into traditional financial services: lending, credit, and investment advisory. Discover how the 2008 financial crisis brought about new fintech technologies, like data science and internet banking.

Discover How Money is Transferred and How Payments Get Disrupted

Ecommerce has the potential for disruption. Learn the role of the federal bank. See how blockchain technologies work. Review case studies on Paypal, Venmo, and Apple Pay.

Study How Lending Works and What Can Disrupt It

Understand the vulnerabilities of traditional lending, how debt-to-income ratio is calculated, and areas of disruption in digital lending, credit enhancement, and student loans. 

See How Fintech is Disrupting Wealth Management

Learn how brokerage companies manage investments. Discover how automation through algorithms and robo-advising engines make investment choices fast. Consider the regulatory issues and pitfalls encountered by Robinhood.

Explore the New Frontier of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain

We’ve seen the volatility with blockchain, particularly cryptocurrencies. How do these new tech models work? Review case studies and learn the volatility and regulations that define fintech.

Review Potential Careers in FinTech

Topics in this course reveal careers available to those interested in fintech. Some professions include: entrepreneur, blockchain developer, financial analyst, compliance expert, and cybersecurity analyst.

How You Will Benefit

  • Gain insights on how fintech disruptors earn money and provide new customer experiences.
  • Be able to analyze key disruptors, such as PayPal, Lending Club, Square, and others.
  • Learn how these fintech disruptors work and how they fuel innovation.
  • Understand how fintech companies target their customer base and promote their brands.
  • Review case studies to understand the various technologies, and how they are used to deliver financial solutions.
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion from Rice University.

Three Learning Advantages Designed for You

Capstone Project

Create a simple business plan for a fintech product or service. Consider the size of your potential market, revenue, annual spending, and the technology you are recommending.

Choose from two options:

  • Option 1: Describe a solution, product, or service of your own that you'd like to develop.
  • Option 2: Pick an existing fintech company and add your offering.

Mentoring

You’ll receive guidance from a mentor who can support you and deepen your learning experience. You can expect:

  • Encouragement and direction on all assignments. 
  • Inspiration, motivation, and confidence to help you excel in your studies. 
  • Brainstorming and ideation to help you prepare for your capstone project.

Flexible Learning

  • 100% online learning that works with your schedule.
  • Flexible format: you’ll learn through video lectures that allow you to tune in anytime that works for you.
  • 20-30 hours of total instruction and course work, 
  • Tech-forward interactions, including engaging multimedia, real-life simulations, and curated assignments.
  • Guidance and support from mentors.

Manolo Sanchez

Course Designed by Rice University Faculty


Professor Manolo Sanchez

Adjunct Professor in Management - Operations Management, Rice University

Professor Sanchez teaches courses to MBA and executive MBA students on digital disruption in finance, leveraging 20+ years of banking leadership experience. He is a director at Fannie Mae, Stewart Information Systems, and BanCoppel, after serving as chairman and CEO of BBVA Compass for 10 years. Manolo currently serves as an advisor to several fintech and blockchain start-ups, including SpringLabs, Securitize, and Topi. During his 27-year career in banking, he worked in the U.S., Mexico, France, and Spain.

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Admissions

Our application process is easy. You can expect a prompt decision.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Scholarships

We offer need-based scholarships in each cohort to students exhibiting high potential and an inability to pay full tuition. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship but you:

  • Haven’t applied to the program, complete your application now. The scholarship application is included.
  • Applied to the program and didn’t fill out a scholarship request, reach out to us at support@precollege.rice.edu for assistance.
  • Are unsure about whether or not you applied for a scholarship, reach out to us at support@precollege.rice.edu for assistance.