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Online Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning

Graduate Finance Certification

Advance your professional career in financial planning with our Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning.

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The Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning consists of four courses, each lasting five weeks. It offers students an in-depth knowledge of financial markets and investment management and helps students develop greater skills in financial planning. It may be useful for students considering a career as a financial advisor. Personal financial advisors provide advice on investments, insurance, mortgages, college savings, estate planning, taxes and retirement to help individuals manage their finances.

The curriculum for this certificate offers an opportunity to develop students’ analytical approaches and critical thinking abilities through hands-on coursework led by faculty with real-world experience.

Courses in the Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning

Foundational Courses
MSF 500 Financial Markets, 3 Credits
MSF 510 Investment Management 3 Credits
MSF 580 Insurance and Risk Management 3 Credits
Elective Courses (One course from below)
MSF 505 Managerial Finance, 3 Credits
MSF 540 International Finance, 3 Credits
Tuition (Effective January 1, 2017)
Tuition Cost Per Course Total Program
General Public $3,035 $12,140
Partners $2,275 $9,100
Additional Online College Fees
Fees Cost
Graduate Application $75 (one time)
eResources $50 per course

All prices are subject to change. Please refer to the Academic Catalog (.pdf) for the most up-to-date pricing.

More About the Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning

  • The credits earned in this certificate program are transferable to the Master of Science in Finance program if a student elects to continue his or her education after completion of the certificate.
  • While an undergraduate degree is required, students earning a bachelor’s degree in fields other than business will be considered for admission.
  • Prospective applicants should demonstrate prior academic knowledge or professional experience for the certificate they apply for.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy

Please refer to the Academic Catalog (.pdf) for withdrawal and refund policy information.

Financial Planning is a Growing Profession

Employment of personal financial advisors is projected to grow 30 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations*. As the population ages and life expectancies rise, demand for financial planning services should increase.

The median annual wage for personal financial advisors was $90,530 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $41,160, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $208,000*.

* Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016-17. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Personal Financial Advisors, on the Internet at

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