Important Information for Summer 2021

In consideration of the health and welfare of our students, faculty, and staff, we have made the decision to hold all Summer 2021 off-campus graduate certificate courses fully online.

Enrollment specialists are available for virtual appointments five days a week. Book a time to get your questions answered.

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 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)

In-person delivery. Predominantly 11-week courses, meeting one night a week 6:00 p.m. to 9:40 p.m., no Fridays. Common alternate formats include 5-week intersessions (Friday night/Saturday) and occasional online electives.

*Note: Summer 2021 courses will be delivered online

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 Professional MBA Program. Info about earning this certificate as part of the Online MBA program is available here.

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.

Video: Finance Certificate

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Want to learn more about this certificate? Take a moment to watch a quick video. Lisa Smith explains how the Finance Certificate works, including courses, time to complete, and much more.

You can also get an overview of all Professional Certificates in this explainer video.


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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