The professional Certificate in Finance requires 15 s.h. of credit. Students must earn a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.75 in certificate coursework.

The certificate is open to individuals with at least 18 months of postbaccalaureate professional experience and a desire to complete the certificate to build their financial skills, and to current Professional M.B.A. Program students. Students in the Professional M.B.A. Program may complete the certificate as they complete their degree; the certificate is designed to fit into the M.B.A. curriculum allowing students to earn the M.B.A. and the certificate without additional coursework.

Certificate courses are regularly offered online and may occasionally be offered at three locations in Iowa: Cedar Rapids at the Tippie College of Business Cedar Rapids Center, Des Moines at the John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center (JMPEC), and the Quad Cities at the Birchwood Learning Center; see program locations on the Tippie College of Business website.

The certificate is ideal for students who wish to gain specialized knowledge of financial concepts. Students can select courses to focus their study in specific areas of finance such as corporate finance, investments, portfolio management, and wealth management.

The Certificate in Finance requires the following coursework.

This course:
MBA:8180Managerial Finance3
Four of these:
ACCT:9040Financial Statement Analysis and Forecasting3
BAIS:6150Financial Analytics3
FIN:9010Contemporary Topics in Finance3
FIN:9140Enterprise Risk Management3
FIN:9150Financial Modeling and Firm Valuation3
FIN:9200Portfolio Management3
FIN:9220Fixed Income Securities3
FIN:9230Real Estate Finance and Investments3
FIN:9240International Finance3
FIN:9270Security Analysis3
FIN:9290Alternative Investments and Portfolio Strategies3
FIN:9300Corporate Investment and Financing Decisions3
FIN:9310Corporate Financial Strategy3
FIN:9350Wealth Management3

Certificate/Graduate Degrees

Students can pursue a professional Certificate in Finance concurrently with their graduate degree. With graduate program approval, students may count up to 9 s.h. from the professional certificate toward their graduate degree. With approval from the professional certificate program, students may count up to 3 s.h. from any graduate degree program toward their certificate. Students should contact their degree program and the certificate program to work out combined program details. Separate application to each degree program is required. Applicants must be admitted to both programs before they may be admitted to the combined degree program.

Admission decisions are based upon completed application materials, including academic performance and quality and quantity of work experience. Applicants must have an undergraduate cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.75 or a graduate cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00, with a  least 18 months of full-time professional work experience after completion of their baccalaureate degree. View the Professional Certificate Admissions web page for additional details.

Applicants whose first language is not English must score at least 100 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or must have a successful admission interview. In place of the TOEFL, the certificate program accepts satisfactory International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. See English Requirements for M.B.A. Admission on the Office of Admissions website.

Applications are accepted throughout the year; admission is for summer, fall, or spring entry.