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Courses | Graduate Certificate in Personal Financial Planning

Below are the course requirements for this academic program. For full program details, visit Biola's academic catalog.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Personal Financial Planning program must:

  1. Be a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. Applicants must have completed all bachelors requirements (Business Administration or other field) prior to the start of the program and must have a baccalaureate degree earned either from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or a recognized baccalaureate degree equivalent earned outside the U.S. prior to the start of the second term.

Students may apply to the MBA program and, if accepted, have up to 12 of these credits applied toward their MBA degree. In order for the courses to be applied to the MBA, students should enter the MBA program within five years of receiving their certificate.

Graduation Requirements

A minimum of 18 credits of graduate coursework is required for the Graduate Certificate in Personal Financial Planning. A student must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, and no single grade lower than a "C" to earn the graduate certificate. 

Curriculum Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Personal Financial Planning requires 18 credits of coursework and includes the following courses. All courses are three credits and are not required to be taken in any particular order, with the exception of MBAD 632 Capstone of Financial Planning, which must be the last course in sequencing. 

Program Courses
MBAD 626Fundamentals of Financial Planning3
MBAD 627Estate Planning3
MBAD 628Retirement Planning3
MBAD 629Tax and Insurance Planning3
MBAD 631Investments3
MBAD 632Capstone of Financial Planning3
Total Credits18

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