Family Financial Planning Graduate Certificate: Financial Planning option
Sample plan of study
Frequently asked questions
Graduate faculty information
Tuition and Fees
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:
- Financial Planning: Financial planners or financial management consultants use their knowledge of investments, tax laws, and insurance to recommend financial options to individuals in accordance with the individual's short-term and long-term goals. Some of the issues that financial planners address are retirement and estate planning, funding for college, and general investment options.
- Financial Analysts: Financial analysts assess the economic performance of companies and industries for firms and institutions with money to invest.
- Insurance: Insurance agents specialize in life and health insurance or property and casualty insurance and a growing number of "multi-line" agents sell all lines of insurance.
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
Sample Plan of Study
Required Core Courses:
- HDFS 762 Retirement Planning, Employee Benefits and the Family (3 CREDITS)
- HDFS 763 Personal Income Taxation (3 CREDITS)
- HDFS 765 Insurance Planning for Families (3 CREDITS)
- HDFS 766 Estate Planning for Families (3 CREDITS)
- HDFS 769 Financial Planning Case Studies (3 CREDITS)
- HDFS 771 Investing for the Family's Future (3 CREDITS)
Total Credits: 18
Frequently Asked QuestionsF.A.Q.'s will added at a later date.
For information about graduate faculty for this program as well as their current research interests, visit the Family Financial Planning graduate certificate bulletin page.
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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.
TUITION and fees
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NDSU Department of Human Development and Family Science
NDSU Distance & Continuing Education
Phone: 1-800-726-1724 or 701-231-7015
NDSU Graduate School