IM&A: International M&A

Program Description

The IM&A program covers the entire M&A process – from strategy all the way to post merger integration (PMI). It has been constructed by leading faculty members and M&A experts from the industry in a multi-year effort. This program is the only globally oriented Mergers & Acquisitions Certificate Program.

The IM&A program is structured in four modules based on our IM&A Framework and Body of Knowledge for Mergers & Acquisitions (for more information click below).

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

Post Merger Integration (PMI)

Integration Project Management and Work Stream Coordination
Function Integration
Synergy Identification and Extraction
Communication Channel Optimization and Change Management
Business-as-usual and Quick Wins


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.

Body of Knowledge for M&A

The Institute for Mergers, Acqusittions and Alliances has created the first standard in M&A by creating the Body of Knowledge for Mergers & Acquisitions which is curated by international M&A experts and faculty on a regular basis.

What is included?

When taking the program, included in the program fee are:

  • all course materials (videos, slides, readings and access to e-books)
  • access to online learning platform
  • life-long access to the most current course version
  • one year of charterholder membership fee
  • access to e-library (with 100s of M&A books)
  • after successful completion of the program receive the IM&A designation
  • belong to the global network of charterholders and experts

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Reasons to take this program

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

New Insights

Discover new facts and findings in fields that you already have worked in and gain new insights in areas that you have interest in getting more exposure to: Creating more career opportunities and advancement.


While being hands-on and practical, we bring the academic foundation and substance to discuss and explore the field in a structured way based on the Body of Knowledge for Mergers & Acquisitions which is curated by an expert committee.


While most programs by academic providers are highly theoretical, our program combines academics with deal experience, corporate M&A professionals and consultants as faculty to provide useful and practical know-how and tools.


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.

Testimonials from the Participants

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Martha Ross, CPA

Owner of
Consulting Firm for CFOs

“I came to this course because I was looking for something unique, that wasn’t a one or two year commitment, that would give me a comprehensive overview but not just theory. That would give me real world experiences and also contacts in the industry.”

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Janette Kolega Prior

Marketing Strategist at
Kolega Marketing

“The Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions, and Alliances also serves as a think tank where I can benefit from the experience of my peers and we can help each other lead better M&A outcomes.”

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Rodrigo Tona

Chief Executive Officer at
Termeoncogibles SA de CV

“There’s much more into it on the planning side, strategy side, and in the execution and in the post-merger integration, where the real value comes into play. So, I think its a great course for anyone at any stage along the whole M&A process.”

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Take the IM&A Program Online

The IM&A certificate is available completely online. The online program fee is USD 2’990. The online program will give you access to videos which are exclusively recorded for the use in our online program only by global experts. All reading materials are included and accessible online. Assignments include a mix of real-life business case study, quizzes and multiple choice questions. The program takes about 100 hours worth of study, but can vary depending on experience.

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IM&A On-site Experience

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Upcoming IM&A Trainings

The IM&A certificate is available to you both online and on-site.

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.