Graduate Certificate Program Summary
Students in the Family Financial Planning program cover a wide area of topics from the fundamentals for family financial planning to estate and retirement planning. This program focuses on the efforts of households to improve their economic well-being through effective use of resources as well as the economic and social systems that enhance or constrain these efforts. It could lead to professional certification by the CFP Board of Standards.
Job opportunities for individuals with CFP certification include:
- Real estate
- Tax and estate planning
- Financial advising
- Retirement planning
- Income management
Employee benefits and compensations
Distance education opportunitiesAll courses are completed online through Great Plains IDEA, a consortium of 11 universities. Students admitted to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Family Financial Planning certificate program will take courses delivered via distance technologies by Nebraska and the other participating institutions.
This graduate certificate is offered by the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies.
Application checklist and deadlines
Required by the Office of Graduate Studies
- Application for Graduate Admission for a graduate certificate objective
- $50 non-refundable application processing fee
- One set of transcripts, uploaded to MyRED (see upload requirements)
- If your native language is not English: verification of English proficiency
- If you are not a US citizen and you hold an F1 visa: concurrent admission to a degree program, because a certificate alone is not sufficient for F1 status
See also: steps to admission.
Required by the department for this certificate
- Statement of professional goals
- Intent form
- Three letters of recommendation
Application deadlineFall: June 1; Spring: October 1; Summer: January 15
Unless stated otherwise, all courses are three credit hours and require admission to the Child, Youth and Family Studies graduate program or permission.
CYAF 821: Insurance Planning for Families
CYAF 823: Estate Planning for Families
CYAF 824: Fundamentals of Financial Planning
CYAF 828: Retirement Planning, Employee Benefits and the Family
CYAF 840: Personal Income Taxation
CYAF 883: Investing for the Family's Future
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