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Financial Psychology and Behavioral Finance (Graduate Certificate)

Creighton University's Heider College of Business' online Graduate Certificate in Financial Psychology and Behavioral Finance program examines how deep-seated financial beliefs established early in life can subconsciously drive financial decisions. This emerging field can help financial professionals gain the knowledge and skills needed to understand and unlock these subconscious beliefs to make better choices and meet financial goals.

In this online financial analysis certificate program, you’ll learn how to identify biases that impact your clients’ financial behaviors and apply techniques to counteract them, enabling you to better serve your clients and help them meet their goals. You’ll also learn the skills you need to establish, deepen and maintain positive and productive relationships with your clients.

Backed by an accredited business school and expert faculty

The Financial Psychology and Behavioral Finance Certificate program is housed within Creighton’s prestigious and accredited Heider College of Business. This provides a unique opportunity to study the psychology of financial decision-making through a business lens.

Coursework is taught by highly skilled faculty with impressive backgrounds and credentials in the field. This includes experts Dr. Ted Klontz and Dr. Bradley Klontz, who have co-authored several books on the psychology of money and have been featured in a variety of national media outlets.

A flexible—and worthwhile—investment in your future

We know that graduate school can be a serious investment of your time and money, so we make sure that your investment is a smart one—and one that you can fit in your busy schedule. All courses in Creighton’s behavioral finance graduate certificate program are offered in eight-week sessions entirely online, allowing you to complete coursework at your convenience.

Plus, you’re well on your way to earning a full behavioral finance degree if you choose to further advance your education. The credits you earn in the Financial Psychology certificate program can be applied toward an MBA with a specialization in Financial Psychology and Behavioral Finance.

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What is Financial Psychology? Put simply, it’s the study of beliefs about money that influence our financial spending and behaviors. Learn more about the concept from Ted Klontz, PhD, Associate Professor of Practice in the Heider College of Business.

Ted Klontz, PhD, Associate Professor of Practice, Heider College of Business

Ted Klontz, PhD | Associate Professor of Practice, Heider College of Business

“The program blends technical knowledge around financial planning with what we know about how to influence and effect human behavior—those things come together in a powerful and unique way.”

Program Details

Program Goals and Curriculum

The Graduate Certificate in Financial Psychology and Behavioral Finance program is ideal for financial planners, advisors and other professionals seeking to enhance their skills in the emerging field of financial psychology. The program can be completed online in as little as a year.

To earn this certificate, you must complete 15 credits:

  • Introduction to Financial Psychology
  • Applied Behavioral Finance
  • Personal Financial Psychology
  • The Psychology of Family Finances
  • Financial Communication & Client Interviewing


Our respected faculty at Creighton strives to help students in the financial psychology and behavioral finance graduate certificate program strengthen their skills, expand their knowledge and work to achieve their goals.

Master's and Dual Degree Options

Credits earned for this graduate certificate can be applied toward a full Master of Business Administration and Master of Financial Planning and Financial Psychology, which can be combined with a variety of other master's degrees as a dual degree.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) (33 credits)

  • Gain a general management education that focuses on developing values-based leadership skills.
  • Apply credits you earn in the certificate program to add a specialization in Financial Psychology and Behavioral Finance to your MBA.
  • Available in on-campus, online, or hybrid formats

Master of Financial Planning and Financial Psychology (33 credits)

  • Expand your knowledge into the financial planning realm by learning concepts in retirement planning, tax theory, estate planning and more
  • Offers coursework required to sit for the CFP®
  • Available completely online

Dual Degrees

Still Exploring?

If you’re still deciding on your path, start by taking a course from the program prior to applying. You can take up to nine credits before enrolling in a graduate degree or certificate program at Creighton University. The courses listed here are worth three credits each and can serve as an introduction to the certificate. They’re packed with information, which means they’re also useful as standalone professional development courses.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Financial Psychology and Behavioral Finance program, applicants must:

  • Complete an application
  • Include an updated curriculum vitae or resume
  • Provide an official transcript from the institution that granted the Bachelor’s degree. Read more about sending transcripts here
  • Submit a personal statement of interest in the graduate certificate

A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

International students are welcomed into this program so long as they complete it from their country of residence, as F-1 visas will not be issued. 

International applicants must:

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit our financial aid site for more details.

Financial Aid
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available graduate student scholarships and fellowships.

Still have questions? Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731 for any additional questions you may have.

Dates and Deadlines

The table below details the enrollment deadlines and starting dates of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact an admissions advisor for personalized assistance.


Rolling admission: Once your application is submitted it will be reviewed and we'll work with you to get into the next available class. Classes start in August, October, January, March and June.

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