Build financial security

Quick facts

  • Program type: Graduate certificate
  • Academic home: College of Human Environmental Science | Personal Financial Planning Department
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 18
  • Estimated program cost: $10,440.00*

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

Get the certificate you deserve

The online graduate certificate in financial and housing counseling from MU can help you show households how to manage their personal finances to best meet their needs for housing, debt recovery and long-term financial planning. If you want to help middle- and lower-income individuals and families take control of their economic security, this may be the certificate for you.

Career prospects

Employment growth
Median salary

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Administrative Services Managers

Potential careers

  • Bank customer service
  • Credit counselor
  • Financial specialist
  • Human resource assistance
  • Loan counselor
  • Social worker (for children, families or schools)

Note Program graduates are eligible to sit for the Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC) and Certified Housing Counselor (CHC) examinations, given by the national Association for Financial Planning and Counseling Education. Note: the certificate alone does not provide AFC and CHC accreditation.

Program structure and topics

Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Courses are semester-based and offered by multiple universities taking part in the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance. Depending on which university is teaching your course that semester, your courses may have different start and finish dates.

Students typically take two classes each semester and finish in under two years.

Course work covers

  • Employee benefits
  • Housing and real estate
  • Investment management
  • Retirement planning
  • Tax planning

Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA)

Great Plains IDEA is a partnership of multiple public universities offering fully online degree programs. Students apply to and are admitted by one university, enroll in all of their courses through that university and graduate from that university. However, the online courses are taught by faculty in the discipline from several universities. All students pay one common price no matter where each of the classes is based. Learn more

Ask us about this program

This program is administered by the Personal Financial Planning Department.