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, which has a separate application process.

At a glance


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


Complete five courses (one required course + four electives)


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

Time to complete

As little as 18 months, depending on course availability


$11,250 (Five courses at $2,250 each)


No entrance exam required.

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 finance electives require you to complete Managerial Finance first.

  • Corporate Financial Strategy—FIN:9310
  • Corporate Investment and Financing Decisions—FIN:9300
  • Enterprise Risk Management—FIN:9140
  • Financial Modeling and Firm Valuation—FIN:9150
  • Portfolio Management—FIN:9200
  • Real Estate Finance and Investments—FIN:9230
  • 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. Students admitted to the Finance Certificate may enroll in the courses listed above and their pre-reqs and do not have access to other courses offered through the MBA Program.  

Take the next step

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.

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

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