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Financial Planning Certificate

Earn your credentials. Prepare for your business in financial planning.


The certificate requires a minimum of 27 hours in required courses. With the financial planning certificate, you will be qualified to pursue entry level positions as a financial planner at a financial planning firm, insurance company, investment firm, or bank. With completion, you’ll be eligible to sit for the national CFP® Certification Examination. 

Required Courses Include:

ACCT 1020 - Decision Making with Accounting

Use of accounting information for making managerial decisions. Study of cost behavior, overhead costs allocation, basic cost accumulation systems, elementary capital budgeting, master and flexible budgets, and cost control. 

Requisites: ACCT 1010 and ECON 1030
Credit Hours: 3.0

ACCT 3400 - Introduction to Federal Income Tax Planning

Overview of the impact of federal income taxes on conducting business transactions. Required for accounting major.

Requisites: ACCT 1020 is REQUIRED and ACCT 3040 and FIN 2400 are HIGHLY recommended
Credit Hours: 3.0

BUSL 2000 - Law and Society

Conceptual approach to origin, nature, structure, functions, and procedures of law, with study of ethics and introduction to constitutional, administrative, criminal, tort, contractual, international, and environmental law, as well as business organizations.

Requisites: Not COB except BS 8123 and (Soph or Jr or Sr) and WARNING: no credit if taken after BUSL 2550
Credit Hours: 3.0

FIN 3310 - Risk and Insurance

Social importance of risk and its place in personal, business, and national life, including principles and methods of handling risk. Special interest in technique of insurance. 

Credit Hours: 3.0

FIN 3410 – Investments

This course covers the principles used by investors to identify and evaluate various investment alternatives. 

Requisites: MATH 1350
Credit Hours: 3.0

FIN 4100 - Personal Financial Planning

Introduction to financial planning for individuals. This course will survey the topics of money management, insurance planning, investment planning, retirement planning, and estate planning.

Credit Hours: 3.0

FIN 4110 - Retirement Planning

Provides students with knowledge of public and private retirement plans. Specifics of the various plans are analyzed and issues that individuals face in retirement are discussed.

Requisites: FIN 4100
Credit Hours: 3.0

FIN 4120 - Estate Planning

Focuses on the efficient conservation and transfer of wealth, consistent with the client’s goals. Legal, financial and nonfinancial aspects of the process, including topics such as wills, trusts, probate, wealth transfers, and related taxes.

Requisites: FIN 4100
Credit Hours: 3.0

FIN 4140 - Cases in Financial Planning

Critical thinking and decision-making about personal financial management topics in the context of the financial planning process.

Requisites: ACCT 3400 and BUSL 2550 and FIN 3310 and 3410 and 4110 and 4120
Credit Hours: 3.0

For more information about the Financial Planning Certificate, contact Andy Fodor at