Level up your investments know-how

Perhaps you're looking to work in an investment role—portfolio management, real estate, wealth management, or futures and options, to name a few—or maybe you want to understand investing better for your own personal benefit.

No matter your motivation, an Investment Management Certificate is the best way to get you to your goal. It's MBA-level courses and globally acclaimed course content in one neat package.

The four-course program covers financial management principles, portfolio management, real estate finance and investments, wealth management, and more.

If you want to keep going after your certificate, you're already well on your way. Credits you earn can count toward the Iowa MBA.

At a glance


All courses are offered online. One core course is offered in-person in Des Moines annually. 


Complete four courses (two required courses + two 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 Investment Management Certificate students pursuing the certificate on its own or as part of the Iowa MBA Program.

Required courses

  • Managerial Finance—MBA:8180 (If you're waived from this class, you'll take a third elective instead.)
  • Portfolio Management—FIN:9200

Elective courses (select two)

All finance electives require you to complete Managerial Finance first.

  • Financial Modeling and Firm Valuation—FIN:9150
  • Real Estate Finance and Investments—FIN:9230
  • Wealth Management—FIN:9350

Take the next step

You can start the Investment Management Certificate in spring or fall semester. Depending on course offerings, summer may also be an option.

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

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