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Family Financial Planning Graduate Certificate: Financial Planning option


Program Description

Sample plan of study

Frequently asked questions

Graduate faculty information

Admission requirements

Tuition and Fees

Contact information



Program Description

Family financial planning is an emerging area with job opportunities in areas related to insurance, real estate, investments, retirement, tax and estate planning. Financial planners are increasingly in demand as Americans seek financial advisors to help manage their income, assets, and debts.

Students enrolled in the family financial planning program will enhance personal finance knowledge; gain eligibility to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination; increase networking opportunities; and improve career options.

Career opportunities available to persons with special training in Family Financial Planning include:

Family Financial Planning (FFP) has been registered by the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® Board of Standards. CFP® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® are federally registered service marks of the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® Board of Standards, Inc. They are granted by the CFP® Board to persons who have fulfilled a comprehensive educational requirement, passed the CFP® Certification Examination, satisfied a work experience requirement, and agreed to abide by the CFP® Board code of ethical conduct.

The online graduate certificate in Family Financial Planning is offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA). For more information about the Great Plains IDEA consortium, go to: www.gpidea.org.

Graduate certificates are an excellent way to earn creditals and decide if a full master's program is right for you. Credits offered in this program can be transferred into the full online M.S. in HDFS: Family Financial Planning program.


Family Financial Planning Brochure.pdf


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Sample Plan of Study

Required Core Courses:

Total Credits: 18


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Frequently Asked Questions

F.A.Q.'s will be added at a later date.



Graduate Faculty

For information about graduate faculty for this program as well as their current research interests, visit the Family Financial Planning graduate certificate bulletin page.




Apply for admission
View Getting Started Guide

Students interested in this program should apply under the family financial planning graduate certificate option. For current admission requirements, visit the Family Financial Planning graduate certificate bulletin page.


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Contact information

NDSU Department of Human Development and Family Science
Phone: 701-231-8269
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Web: www.ndsu.edu/hdfs/

NDSU Distance & Continuing Education
Phone: 1-800-726-1724 or 701-231-7015
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NDSU Graduate School
Phone: 701-231-7033
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Web: www.ndsu.edu/gradschool/


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