The International M&A Certificate Program (IM&A)

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About the International M&A Certificate

Constructed by leading faculty members and M&A experts from the industry in a multi-year effort, the IM&A is the only globally oriented Mergers & Acquisitions Certificate Program. It is based on our unique framework and Body of Knowledge of Mergers & Acquisitions which provides a holistic view of the entire M&A process. The courses can be taken online, onsight or a combination of the two. It is suitable for all career level professionals.



Based on our IM&A Framework and Body of Knowledge for Mergers & Acquisitions, the certificate program includes:
  • M&A from strategy to integration
  • Four modules
  • Case studies
  • Global faculty

Program Fees

The program fees vary according to whether you take the program online, onsite or in a combination:
  • Online: USD 2’990
  • Onsite: USD 5’000
  • Combination: please contact us to discuss your plans


The program can be taken full-time and part-time entirely online, onsite or a combination of the two:

  • Online
  • US: New York City
  • Europe: Vienna
  • Asia: Singapore


Depending on a participant’s prior experience, it usually takes the following time to complete this M&A certificate:
  • Online: approx. 100 hours
  • Onsite: 5 days
  • Online & Onsite: 50 hours online and 2 days

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.

Content & M&A Program Materials

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.

Module 1: Essentials of Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Forms and Methods of M&A
  • M&A Strategies
  • Success & Failure of Mergers & Acquisitions
  • M&A Process (Buy-side and Sell-side)
  • M&A Activity, Pattern and Timing
  • Hostile & Friendly M&A
Module 2: Due Diligence
  • Organizing for Due Diligence
  • Financial Due Diligence
  • Tax Due Diligence
  • Legal Due Diligence
  • Human Resources Due Diligence
  • Commercial Due Diligence
  • Other Due Diligence Areas
Module 3: Valuation
  • Deal Design and Financing
  • All Valuation Methods (from Cash Flows, Multiples, etc.)
  • Discounts and Premiums
  • Valuation of Synergies
  • Valuation in Emerging Markets
  • Valuation of Startups
  • Leveraged Buy Out Models0
Module 4: Post Merger Integration
  • 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
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.

All materials are included in the program fee. Not only mandatory readings, but also all recommended materials as well as additional books, journals are available in our e-library. Titles included for example are:

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What current and past IM&A participants say about our program

An impression from one of our on-site M&A trainings with testimonials from participants and faculty.

A small selection of companies from previous trainings:

Rodrigo Tona
Chief Executive Officer at Termoencogibles SA de CV

Robert Semethy
Chief Procurement Officer, Erste Group Bank AG

Janette Kolega Prior
Marketing Strategist at Kolega Marketing

For more testimonials, please have a look at our testimonials and reference list for M&A trainings section.

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:

see our international contact details

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.



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