Finance rules the world

It’s time you rule the world of finance.

And earning a Finance Certificate from one of the leading finance programs in the world is a healthy start. In fact, in 2016 the Financial Times ranked the Iowa MBA #1 in the world for Finance. The Finance Certificate is made up of MBA-level courses and brings you that globally acclaimed course content in one neat package.

The five-course program covers financial management principles, corporate investment and financing decisions, risk management theories, wealth management, and more. Credits you earn can count toward the Iowa MBA through the Iowa MBA Program, which has a separate application process.

At a glance

Most courses are fully online. Infrequent in-person courses are available in Des Moines or Cedar Rapids.

Complete five courses (one required course + four electives)

Primarily 8- and 11-week courses, meeting one night a week, no Fridays or weekends. 

Time to complete
As little as 18 months, depending on course availability

$10,500 (five courses at $2,100 each) for the 2020-2021 academic year

No entrance exam required. See details.

Finance Certificate courses

This course list is valid for Finance Certificate students pursuing the certificate on its own or as part of the Iowa MBA Program.

Required course

  • Managerial Finance—MBA:8180

Elective courses (select four)

All electives require you to complete Managerial Finance first.

  • Alternative Investments and Portfolio Strategies—FIN:9290 (Prerequisite: Portfolio Management)
  • Financial Analytics—BAIS:6150
  • Contemporary Topics in Finance—FIN:9010
  • Enterprise Risk Management (formerly Corporate and Financial Risk Management)—FIN:9140
  • Corporate Financial Strategy—FIN:9310
  • Corporate Investment and Financing Decisions—FIN:9300
  • Financial Modeling and Firm Valuation—FIN:9150
  • Fixed Income Securities—FIN:9220
  • International Finance—FIN:9240
  • Portfolio Management—FIN:9200
  • Real Estate Finance and Investments—FIN:9230
  • Security Analysis—FIN:9270
  • Structured Finance-Securitization—FIN:9280
  • Wealth Management—FIN:9350

Note: If you waive MBA:8180 Managerial Finance based on prior undergraduate or graduate finance coursework, you’ll need to complete an additional elective to earn the certificate. Corporate Financial Reporting is a pre-req for Managerial Finance, but you can be waived from it if you've completed an undergraduate accounting course.


You can start the Finance Certificate in spring or fall semester. Summer may also be an option, if the Managerial Finance course is available that semester.

At least one undergraduate accounting course is required as a prerequisite, or completion of Corporate Financial Reporting (MBA:8140).

There is no entrance exam. See application deadlines and minimum requirements on the Admission page.

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