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Certificate in Financial Planning

In addition to the MBA in Financial Planning and Master of Science in Financial Planning degrees, we offer a certificate-only program for candidates who wish to work towards the CFP® certification in a graduate studies framework.

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  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • USDLA-award-winning online classes
  • Access to nationally-recognized faculty with degrees and industry certifications
  • Listed as one of the Top Schools in November issue of Financial Planning Magazine
  • Multiple program entry points within the academic year
  • The ability to take classes fully online.
  • Flexibility that accommodates the needs of the full-time working adult
  • Cal Lutheran’s Certificate program in Financial Planning is registered by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board) in Washington DC.

Program Completion Time

On average, students complete this certificate program in about 18 months by taking one course per term.


  • Introduction to Financial Planning
  • Tax Management and Strategy
  • Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning
  • Risk Management and Insurance
  • Principles of Estate Planning
  • Financial Principles and Policies
  • Investment and Portfolio Management
  • Capstone Course in Financial Planning

Admission Requirements

  1. A completed online application and non-refundable application fee
  2. Interview with an admission counselor
  3. Official transcripts showing a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or equivalent international course work
  4. Two letters of professional recommendation
  5. Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores must be provided. The test may be waived for candidates who present an official transcript of previous college work from a regionally accredited college or university reflecting any one of the following criteria:
    1. an undergraduate, upper division grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale; or
    2. a combined grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the most recent 60 credits of study consisting of any of the following: graduate course work, upper division post baccalaureate course work (exclusive of extension or continuing education work), and upper division undergraduate course work; or
    3. a minimum of nine credits of graduate course work completed and a 3.50 grade point average; or
    4. a previously earned master's degree

Tuition & Fees

The Financial Planning Certificate allows professionals to continue graduate-level study at a significantly discounted rate - approximately 40 percent less than the regular MBA tuition.

Fall 2022 - Summer 2023
Tuition $665 per credit
Technology Fee $60 per term
Application Fee $25 online
$50 paper
Late Registration Fee
for registration submitted after the add/drop deadline
Late Transaction Fee
for employer reimbursement applications
received after the second week of the semester
Transcript Fee $5.00 minimum
Additional fees may apply, refer to the Registrar's site

All fees are subject to change without notice. The University reserves the right to change, delete or add to this pricing schedule as deemed appropriate. Transcripts and diploma will not be released for any student who has an outstanding balance owed to Cal Lutheran.


The CFP® Board is a nonprofit professional regulatory organization that requires education, ethics requirements, examination, and experience for CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® certificants. Along with completing the financial planning coursework and passing the CFP® Certification Examination, the CFP® Board also requires successful CFP® certificants to have financial planning-related work experience and adhere to their Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility.

The MBA and Certificate program in Financial Planning is registered by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board) in Washington DC. Candidates who plan to sit for the CFP Certification Examination must successfully complete a CFP Board-Registered Program.