Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning

Oregon State University’s Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Board Registered Program that provides you with a direct path to a career in wealth management. This program meets the educational requirement for you to obtain your CFP certification, enhance your job prospects and broaden your skill and training in financial planning.

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This is a unique one-year program designed for part-time course work, although you have the option take one class per quarter and complete the program in two years. It’s well-suited for working professionals who want additional training to earn the CFP, move up at their current workplace or find other employment opportunities in this growing industry.

Hybrid with in-person classes in Portland

This rigorous graduate program blends online course work with in-person classes in Portland. The approximate delivery blend is 80 percent online and 20 percent in-person. The number of in-person classes varies by course, but most courses entail two to three meetings per 11-week term, lasting between two to three hours each.

In-person classes are held at the Collaborative Life Sciences Building in Portland's South Waterfront neighborhood.

Advantages of an Oregon State University business program

  • OSU's College of Business is accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
    • Research-based education
    • Only 25 percent of business schools meet AACSB standards
  • Oregon State is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Rigorous curriculum and flexible delivery that blends online and in-person classes to maximize learning and flexibility
  • 2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region "Best in the West" designation from the Princeton Review
  • Listed as one of the top 10 Most Popular Business Schools on the U.S. News & World Report's short list
  • Courses taught by leading researchers and practitioners
  • Small class sizes

Please note: This program is not yet approved for financial aid eligibility by the U.S. Department of Education.

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