Graduate Certificate Program Summary
The Family Financial Planning Certificate prepares students for further graduate work or for work in human services, cooperative extension, the private sector or the public sector and focuses on the subject matter required for the Certified Financial Planner Certification Examination.
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
Online and Distance OpportunitiesAll courses are completed online through Great Plains IDEA, a consortium of 20 universities offering courses and programs in the Human Sciences and Agricultural disciplines.
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
- Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee
- One set of transcripts uploaded to MyRED
- 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
Application deadlineFall: June 1; Spring: October 1; Summer: January 15
The graduate certificate program consists of 18 semester credit hours. Unless stated otherwise, all courses are three credit hours and require admission to the Child, Youth and Family Studies graduate program or permission.