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 four-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


All courses are offered online. One course is offered in-person in Cedar Rapids or Des Moines annually. 


Complete four courses (three required courses + one 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


$9,000 (Four 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 courses

  • Managerial Finance—MBA:8180 
  • Portfolio Management—FIN:9200
  • Corporate Investment and Financing Decisions—FIN:9300

Elective courses (select one)

All finance electives require you to complete Managerial Finance first.

  • Corporate Financial Strategy—FIN:9310
  • Enterprise Risk Management—FIN:9140
  • Financial Modeling and Firm Valuation—FIN:9150
  • Real Estate Finance and Investments—FIN:9230
  • Wealth Management—FIN:9350
  • Entrepreneurial Finance—ENTR:9200 (pre-req MBA:8140)

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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