Getting in

In general, you don't need to have taken business courses ahead of time, and you can start in any semester. (The Finance Certificate is an exception to this.) The Business Analytics Certificate admission requirements are slightly different—learn more here.

An entrance exam (GMAT or GRE) is not required for professional certificate students.

Application fees

There is a $40 application fee. The fee is non-refundable and can be paid by credit card only. We accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover cards.

Minimum requirements

You'll need to meet all of these criteria in order to be considered for admission to one of our Professional Certificate programs.

  • A bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution
  • Undergraduate GPA above the minimum
    • Business Analytics, Business Fundamentals: 2.5 GPA or higher
    • Finance, Marketing, & Leadership: 2.75 GPA or higher
  • The required months of work experience (see below). This is defined as full-time work experience gained after earning your bachelor's degree. You should be fully employed when you apply; exceptions may be made if you're transitioning employment.
    • Business Analytics Certificate: No work experience is required.
    • Finance, Leadership, Marketing, and Business Fundamentals Certificates: 18 months minimum.
    • Innovation Certificate: If you are a current University of Iowa degree-seeking graduate student, no work experience is required. If you are not a current University of Iowa graduate student, 18 months is required.
Because our certificates are classified as non-degree and part-time, the university cannot sponsor international students for F-1 student visas or J-1 visas. I-20 or DS-2019 documents will not be provided.

Application dates and deadlines

Spring 2022

Classes start: Late January

Priority deadline: October 15, 2021

Final deadline: January 1, 2022

Summer 2022

Classes start: Late May

Priority deadline: February 15, 2022

Final deadline: May 1, 2022

Fall 2022

Classes start: Late August

Priority deadline: March 15, 2022

Final deadline: August 1, 2022

Notification of admission decisions will begin on August 1 for spring term, January 1 for summer term, and February 1 for fall term.

Application checklist

Here's what's needed to apply:

  • Completed online application
  • Resume
  • Transcripts (unofficial copies are okay, see details)
  • International applicants: TOEFL/IELTS score report (or be eligible for a waiver)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Payment for application fee

Earning multiple certificates

You can earn more than one certificate, and can even enroll in more than one certificate program at a time. You'll need a 3.0 GPA or better to be awarded the certificate.