Students eligible: Current University of Illinois students or recent ACE graduates
Semesters of course offerings: Spring, Fall
Program length: 12 total credit hours
Format: in-person

The Certificate in Commodity Price Analysis and Risk Management is designed to provide students with a solid understanding of:

  • how commodity prices and price spreads move
  • what drives them
  • how to trade commodities
  • how to manage the risks 

By earning the certificate, student demonstrate to employers their sound understanding of those topics. They also gain the core knowledge needed to achieve a successful start in their professional life.

Program Highlights


Required Courses:

  • ACE 222: Agricultural Marketing (3 credit hours, fall)
  • ACE 427: Commodity Price Analysis (3 credit hours, spring and fall)
  • ACE 428: Commodity Futures & Options (3 credit hours, spring and fall)

Elective Courses:

  • FIN 300: Financial Markets, 3, Fall, Spring, Alternative for ACE 222
  • FIN 412: Options & Futures Markets, 3, Fall, Spring, Alternative for ACE 428
  • ACE 499: Commodity & Currency Risk Management, 3, Fall
  • ACE 398:  Intermediate Commodity Marketing, 2, Spring, 8-week module. If selecting this course as an elective then also need to take ACE 398 Crop Insurance
  • ACE 398 - Crop Insurance, 1, Spring, 4-week module.

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Express your interest in pursuing a certificate. Once accepted, you will receive an email with further instructions for registration.

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Complete Certificate

Upon completing your required coursework, you will need to submit a completion request for your certificate. 

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Program Contact

Paul B Stoddard
Senior Lecturer
Paul B Stoddard