This is the first version of the 2022-23 General Catalog. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

The professional Certificate in Financial Decision-Making requires 12 s.h. of credit. Students must earn a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.75 in certificate coursework.

The certificate provides students with tools to evaluate financial information and make mission driven management decisions. Students will learn to analyze, identify, and evaluate problems and solutions. This certificate is designed for managers involved in financial forecasting and investing or those looking to pivot into that area.

The certificate is open to current Professional M.B.A. Program students and to individuals with a desire to complete the certificate to build their financial decision-making skills and knowledge. 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 some may occasionally be offered at two locations in Iowa: Cedar Rapids at the Tippie College of Business Cedar Rapids Center and Des Moines at the John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center (JMPEC); see program locations on the Tippie College of Business website.

The Certificate in Financial Decision-Making requires the following coursework.

All of these:
MBA:8140Corporate Financial Reporting3
MBA:8150Data and Decisions3
ACCT:9040Financial Statement Analysis and Forecasting3
One of these:
BAIS:6150Financial Analytics3
BAIS:6190Forecasting3
FIN:9300Corporate Investment and Financing Decisions3
FIN:9310Corporate Financial Strategy3
MGMT:9185Project Management3

Certificate/Graduate Degrees

Students can pursue a professional Certificate in Financial Decision-Making 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. View Graduate Certificates Admissions on the Tippie College of Business website for specific guidelines.

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.