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 2017 The Financial Times ranked the Iowa MBA #4 in the world for Finance. This marks the third consecutive year it ranked in the top five. 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 Professional MBA Program, which has a separate application process.

At a glance

Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Quad Cities

Complete five courses (one required course + four electives)

Predominantly 12-week courses, meeting one night a week 6:00 p.m. to 9:20 p.m., no Fridays. Other formats: online, weekend (4 weeks), and workweek (1 week).

Time to complete
As little as 18 months

$9,975 (five courses at $1,995 each)

No entrance exam required. See details.

Finance Certificate courses

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—MSCI:6150
  • Contemporary Topics in Finance—FIN:9010
  • 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.


There's no entrance exam for our certificates. A bachelor's degree is required.

Entrance exam None
Prerequisites At least one undergraduate accounting course, or Corporate Financial Reporting (MBA:8140)
Start times Fall and spring semesters (summer start is possible if Managerial Finance is offered)
Minimum undergraduate GPA 2.75
Work experience At least 18 months, earned after your bachelor's. You should be fully employed when you apply; exceptions may be made if you're transitioning employment.
English proficiency Required for non-native English speakers; waivers available. TOEFL iBT 100+ or IELTS 7.0 (no sub-score <6.0)
Earning multiple certificates Students may enroll in multiple certificate programs at a time. Students will need a 3.0 GPA or higher to be awarded the certificate.
Fees $40 application fee once admitted into the program; $75 document fee billed in your second semester.
How to apply Apply online. Select "Professional and Executive Education" and "Professional Certificates." You'll be asked to upload your resume and unofficial transcripts (see details). International applicants must provide TOEFL/IELTS scores or be eligible for a waiver.

Application Deadlines for Professional Certificates

Spring 2018 January 2nd
Summer 2018 May 4th
Fall 2018 August 5th


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