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Gain the finance skills needed to rise in the M&A field

Professional Certificate in
Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

What you will learn

  • How to identify a successful merger or acquisition opportunity
  • How to structure a variety of M&A deals resulting from different circumstances
  • Regulations concerning mergers & acquisitions
  • How to model and utilize free cash flow for capital budgeting and evaluation and integration of acquisitions
  • Accounting for mergers & acquisitions

Taught by instructors with decades of experience on Wall Street, this Professional Certificate program equips analysts and associates with the skills they need to rise in the M&A field. Directors and managers who have transitioned, or hope to transition, to M&A from other areas, such as equities or fixed income, can also use this program to eliminate skill gaps.

Find out if you are destined for a career in M&A with our introduction pricing. Take the first step to a Professional Certificate from the New York Institute of Finance for only $50. You will learn about key concepts and theories in M&A. If you decide to advance through the following modules the price will gradually increase by small increments leading you to the final mastery exam and a full Certificate. The total cost for the Professional Certificate is $1,550. Our introduction pricing allows students a low-risk, low-cost way to consider if M&A is the right career path before deciding to progress.

This Professional Certificate program offers an intensive introduction to the complex world of M&A and will provide an invaluable foundation in strategy, regulation, finding a deal, corporate valuation, and more. We’ll dive deep into advanced M&A topics, including financial accounting, financing the deal, and the all-important understanding of the seller’s viewpoint. You will learn exactly how and why different M&A deals come together, and how to determine the ideal capital structure for every deal in which they participate. You will also learn how to use the Free Cash Flow metric to evaluate acquisition opportunities towards the end and how to apply accounting and federal income tax principles to project earnings and cash flows, specifically of the post-combination entity. To drive concepts home, you will work on real world examples and journal entries for common to complex M&A accounting treatments.

If your goal is a career on a broker-dealer’s M&A desk, this Professional Certificate program is for you!

NOTE: Completing all 5 courses and then taking the Professional Certificate Examination is MANDATORY to achieve both the NYIF Certificate of Mastery and the edX Professional Certificate in Merger and Acquisition. A verified learner must pass all courses in the program to earn a Professional Certificate for Mergers and Acquisitions.

Expert instruction
6 skill-building courses
Progress at your own speed
5 months
1 - 2 hours per week
For the full program experience

Courses in this program

  1. NYIF's Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Professional Certificate

  2. 1–2 hours per week, for 4 weeks

    Gain a solid foundation in mergers & acquisitions to kick-start your career in finance.

  3. 1–2 hours per week, for 4 weeks

    Learn advanced topics in M&A; including financial accounting, financing the deal, and the all-important understanding of the seller’s viewpoint.

  4. 1–2 hours per week, for 4 weeks

    Learn how M&A deals are structured and understand the various documents, legal structures and tax considerations needed to execute a deal.

  5. 1–2 hours per week, for 4 weeks

    Learn how to evaluate a company’s financial performance to determine acquisition opportunities.

  6. 1–2 hours per week, for 4 weeks

    Learn how to apply accounting and federal income tax principles to project earnings and cash flows.

  7. 1–2 hours per week, for 1 weeks

    Complete the required exam to earn your professional certificate in Mergers & Acquisitions from the New York Institute of Finance.

    • The median annual Mergers & Acquisitions Analyst II salary is $94,439, as of January 30, 2017, with a range usually between $84,922-$105,203. (Source:
    • Career Prospects with similar training: Level II Mergers and Acquisitions Analyst, Intermediate Level Mergers & Acquisitions Analyst, Mergers & Acquisitions Analyst II.

Meet your instructors
from New York Institute of Finance (NYIF)

Jeff Hooke
New York Institute of Finance
Steve Literati
New York Institute of Finance

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Program endorsements

I attended the NYIF M&A professional certificate program to experience the course first-hand before recommending it to my team. Three critical components contributed to my positive experience: the quality of the material provided, with lots of practical cases, the impressive curricula of the trainers as well as the opportunity to network with like-minded people through the NYIF membership program. The M&A Professional Certificate will provide my team with the required level of knowledge and understanding to be able to effectively support the business planning/cash flow modeling and due diligence involved in any M&A activities.

Luca Rossi , Finance Director, Financial Times Ltd.

Arab Moltaqa Investments

The key benefit of these courses is getting very clear road mapping for M&As on The Sell Side and The Buy Side.

Khaled Abouheif , Managing Director, Arab Moltaqa Investments

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