Chicago Booth CIMA® Education Program

Booth School of Business

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Who should attend

CIMA certification is beneficial for experienced financial professionals from a variety of backgrounds and business models, including financial advisors, investment consultants, analysts, wealth management professionals, national and regional broker-dealer representatives, and bank/trust employees. The Booth program is open to CIMA candidates in good standing.

About the course

The Chicago Booth CIMA® Education Program brings together top faculty, experienced practitioners, and a comprehensive curriculum designed to help you achieve CIMA certification and excel in your day-to-day investment practice.

The Chicago Booth CIMA Education Program is a CIMA Certification Registered Education course that offers an online, blended learning experience for your convenience. This flexible format allows you to work at your own pace and provides you the opportunity to engage with Booth faculty through a live, recorded virtual classroom environment.

The Chicago Booth CIMA Education Program provides learnings that go beyond test preparation and covers important investment concepts at an in-depth level. Our approach provides you with clear instruction, real-world examples, ample practice, and access to a curriculum designed for success.

Program highlights:

  • A combination of live online, on-demand, and in-person (recommended) instruction.
  • A personalized study schedule, reading list, and checklist to keep you on a successful path.
  • On-demand lectures strategically released to optimize your learning process.
  • A strong team of Chicago Booth faculty and experienced practitioners have designed and will deliver the program.

A true hybrid program, the Chicago Booth CIMA Education Program offers a combination of live online preparation and review sessions, on-demand recorded content sessions, and a recommended 2-day in-person session.

Online, Live Instruction (required) These sessions are recorded for offline viewing, but we highly recommend you attend these live sessions to stay on our recommended study schedule.

  • Foundations: We start the program with four live online foundation sessions which cover the nuts and bolts of what you need to know to progress through the program. We will develop the theories and work through practice problems together.

  • Weekly Review and Practice Problem Solving: In these sessions, we will review the main concepts covered in the weekly recorded lectures, connect the current to prior lectures, apply the concepts in real-time through practice problem solving, provide answers to your questions, and keep your study on track.

On-Demand Instruction (required)

  • Watch video lectures taught by a mix of tenured faculty and practitioners who are experts in their field. These videos capture each instructor’s unique style and are formatted into a series of short, digestible segments for maximum impact.

In-person Instruction (recommended)**

  • For additional test prep, you have the option to attend the Chicago Booth Certification Exam Prep Workshop as a free add-on to the Chicago Booth CIMA Education Program. You will review exam topics, connect topics to the formula sheet, and perform practice problems. This session is a supplement, not a substitution, for our CIMA Education Program.

Program outline

Foundations: Modules 1-4 (live online and recorded)

  • Time Value of Money
  • Calculating Realized Returns
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Risk and Return

Course Content: Modules 5-12 (on demand)

  • Module 5: Portfolio Theory
  • Module 6: Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), Multifactor Models
  • Module 7: Behavioral Finance, Market Efficiency, Market Anomalies
  • Module 8: Performance Measurement, Tax Efficient Strategies, Socially Responsible Investing
  • Module 9: Applied Economics, Global Capital Markets History and Valuation
  • Module 10: Fixed Income
  • Module 11: Alternative Investments
  • Module 12: Hedge Funds, Portfolio Construction and Consulting Process

Weekly Review and Problem Solving Sessions (live online and recorded)

  • Held once per week during Modules 5-12

Chicago Booth Final Assessments (online)

  • Candidates must pass five final quizzes and a final exam online before taking the CIMA Certification Exam
  • The quizzes are accessible after all materials from Modules 1-12 have been completed
  • The final exam is accessible after all five final quizzes have been passed

Recommended: Chicago Booth Certification Exam Prep Workshop (live online and recorded)

  • A free add-on to the Chicago Booth CIMA Education Program
  • Intensive review for the CIMA Certification Exam
  • Conducted virtually with live instruction
  • Sessions are recorded for offline viewing, but we highly recommend that candidates attend these in real-time since they are interactive and provide an opportunity to ask questions
  • Workbooks are mailed prior to the workshop


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Lubos Pastor

Lubos Pastor is Charles P. McQuaid Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. At Chicago Booth, he also serves as Co-Director of the Fama-Miller Center for Research in Finance, Director of the Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP), and a member of the CRSP...

Pietro Veronesi

Pietro Veronesi is the Roman Family Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. He is also the faculty director of Booth Ph.D. program, a director of the American Finance Association, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research ...

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