Get the edge you need to succeed

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting out, a graduate certificate in finance will refine your skills and give you the edge you need to succeed in the world of finance. 

Designed for graduate students and job seekers, this program gives a leg up to anyone looking for opportunities as an investor or professional money manager and focuses on the following skills: 

  • Corporate financial decision-making. 
  • Asset allocation in a portfolio setting. 
  • Investment performance measurement. 
  • Company valuation. 
Graduate certificates


  • 100 percent online core courses.
  • Only four courses required to complete the program.
  • Can be completed in eight to 12 months.
  • $2,549 per course – international or domestic.
  • No GMAT/GRE required.


Our curriculum includes core courses in advanced corporate finance, investments, and financial analysis/valuation. You can also broaden your horizons with an elective from one of the following areas:

  • Financial decision making.
  • Venture capital, private equity, and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Advanced financial modeling.
  • Financial derivatives.

Review the finance certificate requirements. With approval of the director of graduate education (DOGE), all 12 finance credits may be applied later to an Ivy master’s degree at Iowa State University.

For more information about the program, contact associate professor of finance, Travis Sapp

Apply today

Applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree. Two years of work experience is preferred, but not required. Entrance to the program is on a rolling basis. Applications must be received by the application deadlines.

Application deadline

Admission materials should be submitted by:

Fall: June 15
Spring: November 15
Summer: March 15

To apply, submit your:

  • Resume.
  • College transcripts.
  • Statement of purpose.

For questions or more information about how to apply, contact an advisor at

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Graduate Student Services

Ivy College of Business
1420 Gerdin Business Building
2167 Union Drive
Ames, Iowa 50011