Finance can save the world

You know how important Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) initiatives are for a company and for the planet. It's not a question of "Should we?" anymore, but rather, "Can we afford it?"

Earning a Responsible Resource Management Certificate from one of the leading finance programs in the world helps you answer the hard questions for your company's responsibility and bottom line, along with a great boost to your resume.

You'll learn where to apply responsible resource management, how to evaluate and optimize resources, how to manage processes responsibly, and more—all within a framework of socially responsible management practices.

The four MBA-level courses in this certificate straddle both finance and accounting, including corporate financial reporting, strategic cost analysis, corporate social responsibility, and one elective you choose. Credits you earn can count toward the Iowa MBA.

At a glance


All courses are offered online. Two courses are offered in-person in Des Moines annually. 


Complete four courses (three required courses + one elective)


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 Responsible Resource Management Certificate students pursuing the certificate on its own or as part of the Iowa MBA Program.

Required courses

  • Corporate Financial Reporting—MBA:8140 (if this course is waived, you'll replace it with another approved elective.)
  • Strategic Cost Analysis—ACCT:9020
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability—MGMT:9091

Elective courses (select one)

  • Data Management and Visual Analytics—BAIS:6050
  • People Analytics—BAIS:6230
  • Cybersecurity—BAIS:6280
  • Managing the Growth Business—ENTR:9500
  • Enterprise Risk Management—FIN:9140
  • Operations and Supply Chain—MBA:8240
  • Managing Employee Performance—MGMT:9250

Take the next step

You can start the Responsible Resource Management Certificate in spring or fall semester. 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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