Graduate Certificate in Investments and Portfolio Management

The certificate in Investments and Portfolio Management provides background and training in the theory and practice of the various methods of investment analysis and selection. Topics covered include risk– reward analysis of security investments, including analysis of national economy, industry, company, and markets, legal environment, active and passive portfolio management techniques, portfolio performance evaluation, as well as practical experience in security selection and portfolio management.

Admission deadlines: Fall
Round 1 1/15
Round 2 3/1
Round 3 5/15
Recommendations required: Two (2) recommendations required.
Prior academic records: Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.
Statement of purpose: In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application.
International applicants only: Please review International Applicant Information ( carefully for details on required documents and English language requirements. Please note: international students who require a student visa from GW are not eligible to apply for admission to this program.
PLEASE NOTE that the minimum English language test scores required by this program are:
- Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
- TOEFL: 600 on paper-based, or 100 on Internet-based; or
- Academic PTE: 68

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
The GW School of Business
Attn: Graduate Admissions
2201 G Street, NW, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions: ~ 202-994-1212 (phone)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 12 credits, including 9 credits in required courses and one 3-credit elective course.

MBAD 6235Finance
FINA 6223Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
FINA 6239Applied Portfolio Management *
or FINA 6290 Special Topics
FINA 6242Real Estate Valuation and Investment

*If FINA 6290 is taken, it must be on the topic of Investment Analysis Venture Capital.