Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) Certification

Program Overview

The Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) Certification is the only credential of its kind designed specifically for financial professionals seeking to distinguish themselves as advanced investment consultants. It requires successful completion of the educational component (which was developed by Wharton 30 years ago in partnership with the Investments & Wealth Institute®), followed by a passing score on the CIMA® certification exam.

Today, investment professionals turn to Wharton’s program for good reason: graduates in early 2018 passed the exam at a rate of 94 percent. Those results are a reflection of the intense weeklong immersive experience at Wharton’s Philadelphia campus led by the school’s expert finance faculty. The program includes daily review sessions and carefully selected pre- and post-readings that help enhance learning and retention.

Prof. Jeffrey Jaffe talks about the CIMA curriculum

Academic Director Jeffrey Jaffe talks about the CIMA® curriculum.

Program Experience

Program Highlights & Benefits

By attending CIMA® at Wharton, you will:

  • Prepare for CIMA® certification — recognized by the financial services industry as the standard for advanced investment consulting — in an intensive one-week program at the school’s Philadelphia campus (meals and lodging included)
  • Be on your way to earning a respected credential that communicates to clients and peers your high level of competency, professionalism, and investment expertise
  • Leverage the world-renowned expertise of Wharton finance faculty and get your questions answered in real time, with extensive access before, during, and after each session
  • Gain enhanced knowledge and master advanced investment techniques that can improve your practice and your clients’ overall experience
  • Grow your network by engaging and learning with an experienced group of peers over the course of a week
  • Extend your exam preparation with pre- and post-readings carefully selected by Wharton faculty

Experience & Impact

In the investment world, the CIMA® certification reflects a high level of quality and credibility among your financial professional peers. The commitment and discipline required to achieve this professional designation will not only enhance your investment skills but also enable you to strengthen your relationships with clients. The education component that Wharton delivers as part of the Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) Certification process prepares you to successfully take the CIMA® Certification Exam.

Wharton faculty — led by Jeffrey Jaffe, an expert on corporate finance, investments, and money management — apply their field-based research and the latest strategic insights on modern portfolios, as well as investment alternatives such as private equity, commodities, and hedge funds that are changing the face of investing today.

Program Structure

This education program presents a semester’s worth of material in one week, focusing on the topics required to prepare you for the CIMA® Certification Exam. Through highly interactive daily review sessions, you will learn to apply, process, and retain the information necessary to pass the exam. The program also includes exclusive pre- and post-program content to deepen and further your learning.

Faculty Expertise

You will be taught by the experts who literally wrote the book(s) on the subjects.

Academic Director Jeffrey Jaffe; an authority on investments, corporate finance, and money management; is a co-author of the best-selling textbook, Corporate Finance, now in its 11th edition. He is also the co-author of Corporate Finance: Core Principles and Applications.

Richard Marston’s Portfolio Design: A Modern Approach to Asset Allocation is a classic, informing and advocating for talented, highly skilled professional advisors who can outperform indexes. He’s also author of Investing for a Lifetime: Managing Wealth for the “New Normal", which serves as a guide to the main investment decisions one makes throughout a lifetime.

Craig MacKinlay shares research on the predictability of stock prices as co-author of A Non-Random Walk Down Wall Street. In it, he reconsiders the “random walk hypothesis,” and directs investment professionals toward superior long-term investment returns through disciplined active investment management.

Program faculty share a passion for this material and, in particular, they enjoy teaching the investment professionals who regularly attend the CIMA® program at Wharton.

Topics include:

  • Modern Portfolio Theory
  • Behavioral Finance
  • Alternative Investments
  • Asset Allocation
  • Manager Search and Selection
  • Investment Policy
  • Performance Measurement

Wharton Exam

Wharton’s program culminates with an exam on Friday. After passing the Wharton exam, participants may then take the CIMA® Certification Exam. Participants who pass it join a select group of professionals who have earned this internationally recognized credential.

Who Should Attend

The CIMA® certification program requires that you meet all eligibility requirements, including experience, education, examination, and ethics. Before registering for the Wharton Executive Education program, you must submit a CIMA® application and fee to the Investments & Wealth Institute, and undergo a background check.


Jeffrey Jaffe, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Academic Director

Associate Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Corporate finance, investments, money management, and the effects of information on the behavior of security prices

A. Craig MacKinley, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Joseph P. Wargrove Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Asset pricing models, behavior of futures prices, econometric modeling, stock market behavior

Richard Marston, PhDSee Faculty Bio

James R. F. Guy Professor of Finance, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Foreign exchange risk management, international asset pricing, international investments


Christopher QuinleyLiang & Quinley Wealth Management

Robert LunaCEO, Surevest Wealth Management

I was interested in the CIMA certification and am very glad I chose Wharton’s program. I gained a lot of practical insights from the course that will help me with my exam and my role at UBS analyzing investments and portfolios. In addition to all the detailed terms presented in the class, I learned what to look for in a fact sheet and how to approach wholesalers and evaluate a financial product when they pitch it to me. Wharton’s presenters were great — very knowledgeable and easy to understand. Listening to them gave me an academic perspective that made me want to learn more. I’ve already recommended Wharton’s program to colleagues in investment sales and strategy."

Veronica AlardWealth Strategy Associate, UBS International

The week I spent in this program was one of the more productive weeks of my career. The program is a near-perfect blend of diverse faculty, current and relevant theory, and solid fundamental strategic analysis. The tools I acquired will pay dividends for years to come."

Shane PeeryChief Financial Officer, Cherokee & Walker, Inc.

Attaining my CIMA certification is about building more credibility with clients and peers. Being able to interpret attribution and formulating your own commentary allows for more independent thought when discussing our investment strategies and providing insight on how it may fit into a client’s portfolio. I always understood the basic concepts of this material, but after my Wharton experience, I really knew it and could define it in intricate detail. Now I can dig deeper into the numbers and fully explain the returns and process, and how our strategies may complement a client’s portfolio in a clear and defined manner.

It was a complete and total professional experience. Wharton’s faculty was very detail-oriented. The time and effort Wharton put into the overall planning of every aspect of this class was impressive. The peer interaction across the board was also impactful — you had many other asset managers and advisors ranging in age from their late 20s to the early 50s. The diversity of the points of view in the program was invaluable."

Andrew CiproAssistant Vice President, Scout Funds

Dates, Cost, & Location

January 28 - February 1, 2019Philadelphia, PA$6,850

April 1 - 5, 2019Philadelphia, PA$6,850

June 24 - 28, 2019Philadelphia, PA$6,850

October 7 - 11, 2019Philadelphia, PA$6,850

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If you are interested in starting the CIMA® certification process, or for more information about the Investments & Wealth Institute™'s advanced certification qualifications, please contact the Institute directly via email or by phone +1.303.770.3377.

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