Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning
Golden Gate University

Program Details

Golden Gate University offers a Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning to the online student.  This program is designed for those launching into a financial planning career, with options to take courses in a hybrid format or 100% online.  Studies include but are not limited to:

  • Income Tax Planning
  • Personal Investment Management
  • Estate Planning

Students are qualified as Certified Financial Planners.  This certificate may also launch students into a master of science program, or careers as investment advisers or money managers.  Faculty are professionals in Bay Area financial institutions, providing students with a distinct network in the field.  Start a new career or invest in educational advancement with Golden Gate University online.

% Online

100% Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

Golden Gate University is accredited by:

WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

The WASC Senior College and University Commission accredits universities in California and Hawaii, including Stanford, University of San Francisco, UC Berkeley, San Jose State. GGU has never chosen to apply for the optional AACSB accreditation because its requirements are not consistent with their mission and commitment to have students learn from former and current practitioners rather than pure scholars. To do this, Golden Gate focuses on hiring full and part-time faculty who have a strong practitioner background and bring their practical experience to the classroom. AACSB rules are not consistent with this approach and, unfortunately, many standard rankings such as US News & World Report base their information on AACSB. With more than 68,000 alumni, we are confident that GGU prepares students with knowledge and skills that can be used throughout their careers.


Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Admission Tests

Proof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)

Application Requirements

Official College Transcript(s), Additional Materials May Be Requested

Additional Info

  • Course prerequisites and/or a personal statement may be required.

Restricted States

Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, Wisconsin, International, New Hampshire, Rhode Island