The Advanced Certificate in Financial Planning prepares professionals to enter, or advance within, careers in banking, investments, insurance, wealth management and related fields. Financial planners and advisors use their knowledge of investments, tax law, insurance and real estate to recommend financial options to individuals based on their short term and long term financial goals. These options may relate to retirement planning, estate planning, taxes, funding for college, and general investment options. Increased investment by businesses and individuals is expected to result in increased career opportunities for financial planners and advisors.

The Financial Planning program is approved by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. Completion of this 24 credit program allows students to sit for the CFP® (Certified Financial Planner) examination. Several courses in the curriculum have also been approved for Continuing Education (CE) credits by the Pennsylvania Insurance Department.

All courses may be offered the day, evenings or weekends. A maximum of two three-credit courses completed during the last ten years may be applied toward the Certificate in lieu of equivalent required courses. All students must demonstrate computer competency or meet this requirement by completing Computer Applications (MIS 101).

Course Requirements 

ACCT 230 Tax Accounting
FIN 220 Intro to Financial Planning
FIN 301 Investments
FIN 310 Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning
FIN 315 Principles of Risk Management
FIN 345 Financial Institutions and Markets
FIN 410 Estate Planning
FIN 490 Financial Plan Development

Descriptions are available in the course catalog.

Cost and Career Information

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B.A. or B.S. with an overall GPA of 2.5


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Official college transcripts can be sent to the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education at:
Mercyhurst University
Attn: Paul Hirsch
501 E 38th St
Erie, PA 16546

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Phone: 814-824-2985