Graduate Certificate in Investment Management

The Graduate Certificate in Investment Management is designed to offer business graduate students the opportunity to enhance their education with focused study in investment management. Students completing the Investment Management certificate will have coursework in investment-related subjects and three special courses comprising intensive research and real-time practical training in investment portfolio management that utilizes the David O. Nicholas Applied Finance Lab in Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business. Students who complete this certificate in addition to their graduate degree requirements will gain substantial competitive edge in pursuing a career initially as a financial analyst and as an investment advisor, later as an investment portfolio manager, possibly as a chief investment officer, and ultimately as an independent financier.

Eligibility and Admission

It is recommended that the following courses have been completed prior to admission to the certificate: Bus Adm 721, Financial Accounting Theory & Bus Adm 771, Investments (or undergraduate equivalents). If not completed prior to admission to the certificate, Bus Adm 721 (or Bus Adm 301, Intermediate Accounting) and Bus Adm 771 must be taken concurrently with Bus Adm 552, Investment Management Practice I. Admission is competitive and is based on cumulative GPA, quantitative-related course grades, personal statement, a possible interview and interview essay, interest in investments and finance, and other considerations.


  • Students wishing to obtain this certificate must declare their intention by applying to the program office or director.
  • All graduate certificate applicants—even those already enrolled in a UWM graduate program—must apply to the Graduate School through the Panthera Admission Application.
  • Graduate degree and previously admitted graduate non-degree students who decide to pursue a certificate program must submit the Panthera application before completing 6 credits in the certificate sequence.
  • Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree and have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average to be admitted in to a certificate program.

Certificate Requirements

Credits and Courses
To obtain the certificate, a student must complete 18 credits of required coursework. The certificate may be completed alone, or in conjunction with a degree program. Due to the intensity of the coursework in the Investment Management Certificate, the program will be of most interest to students pursuing an M.S. in Management degree with a concentration in Finance Analysis, or an M.B.A.

Required Courses* (18 credits – all courses are 3 credits)
Bus Adm 552 Investment Management Practice I
Bus Adm 553 Investment Management Practice II
Bus Adm 554 Investment Management Practice III
Bus Adm 772 Portfolio Management
Bus Adm 773 Options and Futures
Bus Adm 851 Global Investments

Internship Requirement
Students completing the certificate are also required to have an internship experience prior to graduation from the certificate program. The internship experience must be approved by the IMCP director.

Grade Point Average Requirement
A minimum cumulative 3.00 grade point average in certificate courses taken at UWM is required.

Transfer Credit
No more than 20% of the required credits may be taken at an institution other than UWM. These courses are subject to Graduate School transfer policy and must be approved by the director of the certificate program.

Articulation with Degree Programs

  1. Credits and courses required for a certificate may double count toward meeting UWM graduate degree requirements subject to the following restrictions:
    • Degree programs must approve the courses from certificates that can double count toward the degree.
    • All credits taken in completion of certificate requirements may count towards a UWM graduate degree as long as they do not contribute more than 90% of the total credits needed to obtain the degree. (Note: Students in Ph.D. programs must still complete the minimum residency requirements)
    • Certificate courses used toward meeting degree requirements must be completed within the time limit for transfer credit.
  2. Courses completed for a degree may be counted toward a subsequent certificate, subject to all certificate policy requirements.
  3. A course may count toward no more than one certificate and one degree.
  4. Students may not earn a certificate subsequent to a concentration in the same area.

Time Limit

Certificate program time limits shall be established as follows:

18 or fewer credits/Three years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

19 or more credits/Four years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

For certificates that are designed as add-ons to degree programs and are awarded concurrent with the degree, the time limit shall be the same as that of the degree program.