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Mergers & Acquisitions Professional (M&AP)

Course Description

The Mergers & Acquisitions Professional (M&AP) is a program designed to meet the needs of auditing, consulting, deal advisory, investment banking, and legal professionals. Gain insights in best partices for the M&A process, valuation, due diligence and also a unique module on Running a Successful M&A Practice. Gaining the M&AP designation signals to employers, colleagues and clients that you invest in being the best M&A professional you can be.

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Depending on your needs, two course formats are available:
On-site or



In four modules, you will learn about M&A from strategy to integration through a complete range of topics.

Program Fees

Depending on your course format prefference and location, courses generaly cost 2,990 USD online and 5,000 USD on-site.


You spend about 100 hours taking our online course. On-site, you would earn your certificate after a five day training.

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Reasons to take this program

Participants take this M&A certification program for the following reasons:


Focus on exactly what you need during the M&A process in order to develop your expertise from running your own M&A practice to closing the deal.


Share your experiences and practice on business cases with the opportunity to receive on-going feedback from our experienced faculty and trainers.


The program does not only cover the most up-to-date expertise on M&A from the United States, but also includes international know-how from all around the world, developed and emerging markets as well as cross-border transactions.


Busy? Unlike an onsite program, the M&AP certification does not require participants to complete each module within a designated time frame: give yourself an opportunity to succeed by taking the time you need.


Our course content is reviewed and updated on a quarterly basis by industry leading professionals, making your learning experience in-line with the best and most up-to-date practices in M&A. Members maintain access to the latest course content, as we continue to add new lectures and material.

Course Modules

This M&A program covers the complete lifecycle of a transaction – from strategy all the way to post merger integration (PMI). Please find below more high-level information about the content of each module. Each module will consist of recorded videos, reading materials, case studies and assignments.

Essentials of M&A

M&A Process: Sell-side & Buy-side
Strategies for M&A
Success Factors in Transactions
Takeover Strategies and Defence Tactics
M&A Negotiation

Due Diligence

Financial DD
Tax DD
Legal DD
Other DD Areas and Challenges in
Cross-border M&A


Deal Financing & Payment Structure
Valuation Techniques
Deal Design & Structure
Private Equity & Start Up Valuation
Valuations in Emerging Markets

Running a Successful M&A Practice

Nurturing & Leveraging Relationships
Deal origination & Client Pipeline Management
Strategies for Buying & Selling Firms
Staffing & Recruiting
Legal Liabilities

Upcoming M&AP Trainings

The MA&P certificate is available to you online.


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Materials and Resources

In addition to the mandatory readings provided my IMAA, you will also gain access to our complementary e-library.

Additional Information

Accreditation and Recognition

We are the global number #1 provider in M&A education. Companies sign up their employees in order to prepare for transaction or to enhance their qualification for the next promotion. Future employers reach out to us to check the credentials of candidates and their current status as a charterholder. Potential clients look to us to recommend advisors.

We are a high quality provider and are recognized by many other institutions as a continued education provider. Find out more about our accreditations and recognition.

Comparison: Online vs. Onsite Program

Real-life business cases
All mandatory course materials included
Lifelong online access to most current content
1-year Individual IMAA Membership
Start right away
On-Demand video lectures & direct tutoring
Full flexibility
No time constraint
Work from anywhere in the world
Different dates & locations worldwide
Interactive discussions
Networking with peers
Complete the program in 6 days
Meet face to face with faculty

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

If you have any questions, please do reach out to us by:

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How long does it take to complete the M&A Certificate?

The IM&A Certification is designed as a part-time program for professionals. The total time of completion depends on your prior background and time you can devote to this. In total for the online program it may take about 100 hours of study. Our fastest participants complete it within 2 months.

What is included in the fee?

Our tuition fees include all mandatory and recommended study materials. In addition you get access to our e-library.

When can I enroll for and start with the IM&A Certificate?

You can enroll at any time for the Certificate Program online and start right away. For our onsite M&A courses please check the dates and locations.

Can I take the M&A Certificate entirely online?

Yes, you can take the entire program online from anywhere in the world or while travelling. This is what many of our participants do. For the completion of the M&A Certification there is no physical attendance necessary. However, you can combine online with onsite workshops to reach your designation.

How many participants take your M&A programs?

Our courses and programs in Mergers & Acquisitions, Due Diligence, Valuation and Post Merger Integration (PMI) have taken by more than 1’500 participants from all around the world.

What is the difference to other training providers?

We are the number #1 provider and set the standards. Compared with academic executive education offerings, our faculty members are not pure academics – they have closed M&A deals as professionals themselves. So you don’t gain only purely theoretical insights, but you will learn hands-on knowledge. Compared with for-profit providers, we are purely focused on M&A trainings and bring in a solid foundation, great structured approach to learning, and the international dimension – and we reinvest in improving our offering.

What is the difference to other certificate programs?

If you compare our programs with the CFA, CAIA, CIMA, or others – we are purely focused on M&A only and are very complementary to these programs. There is very little overlap among the content and insights that our programs provide. Most of them accept our program as continued education.

Where can I ask more questions about your M&A training?

If you have additional questions, please reach out to us via chat, contact form, or give us a call. We are looking forward to hearing from you and learn about your needs and questions.

IM&A Framework

The IM&A-Framework is developed by IMAA in cooperation with our partner organizations, contributors and faculty members. With more than 12 years of history, it already set the standard within numerous companies and institutions. The framework covers all steps within the M&A process giving structure to our 4 modules (Essentials of Mergers & Acquisitions, Due Diligence, Post-Merger-Integration and Valuation) and covering different aspects of the Body of Knowledge for Mergers & Acquisitions.

The Body of Knowledge for Mergers & Acquisitions

The Institute for Mergers, Acqusittions and Alliances has created the first standard in M&A by creating the Body of Knowledge for Mergers & Acquisitions (as of June 2016). It is curated by international M&A experts and faculty on a regular basis and currently going through a revision to be published in February 2017.

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