Financial Psychology and Behavioral Finance (Certificate)

Advance your knowledge in the emerging field of financial psychology.

Over the years, financial services professionals have struggled to understand the reasoning behind certain financial decisions made by their clients or even themselves. Creighton University’s 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 in order to make better choices and meet financial goals.

This program is perfect for financial planners, advisors and other professionals seeking to enhance their skills in the emerging field of financial psychology. 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. Paul Klontz and Dr. Brad Klontz, who have co-authored several books on the psychology of money and have been featured in a variety of national media outlets.

We’re ready when you are.

The Financial Psychology and Behavioral Finance Certificate can be completed in as little as one year. The curriculum consists of five classes that can be taken entirely online and in any order. Each class is offered at least once per year. If you decide you’d like to take your education further, credits earned in this program can also be used toward our MBA with a specialization in Financial Psychology and Behavioral Finance.


Students must earn 15 credits for Creighton University’s Financial Psychology and Behavioral Finance Certificate. Each class is offered in 8-week sessions. Courses can be taken in any order.

Credits earned can also be applied toward a Master of Business Administration.

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

For details, view the course catalog and program goals.


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Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application & $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Resume or curriculum vitae


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

International Applicants

International applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements.

Tuition & Scholarships

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Tuition and Fees
Financial Aid
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For questions about financial aid, contact:
gpfinaid [at] creighton [dot] edu

Important Dates & Deadlines

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August August 1
October September 15
January December 1
March February 1
May May 15

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