The Rice University CFP Graduate Certificate Program consists of nine months of study. Upon successful completion, students will be awarded a Rice University certificate of completion, which will enable them to apply to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination. To learn more about the topics covered, select a topic below or scroll down to see the full list of course descriptions.
General PrinciplesCPEs: 30 CEUs: 2.5This course will provide an overview of the financial planning process and the economic and legal environments in which it takes place, the time value of money, analysis of financial statements, and the code of ethics and professional responsibility to which practitioners must adhere.
Objectives: Upon completion students will be able to:
Insurance and Risk ManagementCPEs: 33.5 CEUs: 2.8This course will give an overview of risk assessment and the management of risk through a variety of insurance instruments.
Investment PlanningCPEs: 40.5 CEUs: 3.4This course will provide an overview of investment terminology, the fundamentals of investing including the efficient market hypothesis, the role of financial intermediaries, securities trading, risk, and portfolio theory. Special attention will be paid to the analysis and selection of common stocks and fixed income securities.
Income Taxation PlanningCPEs: 40.5 CEUs: 3.4This course will give an overview of the federal tax system and its impact on financial planning for individuals and business entities.
Objectives: Upon completion students will be able to:
Retirement and Employee Benefits PlanningCPEs: 40.5 CEUs: 3.4This course will introduce and explore the concepts involved in developing retirement and employee benefit plans from both the employer and employee perspectives. Participants will study the legislation that impacts plan design and the tax advantages and disadvantages of various qualified and non-qualified plans including IRAs and pension and profit sharing plans. Also addressed will be Federal Social Security, Medicare, and employer-sponsored health and welfare plans.
Estate PlanningCPEs: 40.5 CEUs: 3.4This course will provide students with an understanding of the basic concepts and constraints of estate and gift tax planning as the primary method of orderly and intentional wealth transfer. They will learn the major strategies employed by practitioners when developing estate plans.
Case Studies in Financial PlanningCPEs: 46.5 CEUs: 3.9This advanced course will provide students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained through the curriculum in a synthesized manner by analyzing various cases. Included in this course is a module on improving communications with clients. One class night will be devoted to a presentation on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and how understanding personality types can aid in improving communications with clients.
Below are links to articles that address the usefulness of understanding personality types when communicating with clients and helping them make financial decisions.
Attention CPAs: The Glasscock School of Continuing Studies is a Registered CPE Course ProviderWe have registered with the Texas State Board of Accountancy (Registration no. 600) to meet the requirements of the continuing professional education rules covering maintenance of attendance records, retention of program outlines, qualifications of instructors, program content, physical facilities and length of class hours. This registration agreement does not constitute an endorsement by the Board as to the quality of the program or its contribution to the professional competence of the licensee.
Rice University is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website. www.learningmarket.org
See more information on CPE credits offered by the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™ and federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the United States, which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements.
The Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University does not certify individuals to use the CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™ and federally registered CFP (with flame logo). CFP® certification is granted solely by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. to individuals who, in addition to completing an educational requirement such as this CFP Board-Registered Program, have met ethics, experience and examination requirements.
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“The Rice program was outstanding. The instructors were of the highest caliber.”- Gail Van Nest, Independent Consultant
“I like the program because it means business. It was tough but it trained me to have the mind set to take the exam and become a good financial planner.”- Susanna Loh, CPA, CFP®, Krebs & Loh, PC
“The CFP program at Rice is probably the most organized and well planned program available. The instructors were excellent in their respective fields. The material they covered was pertinent to the exam and no time was wasted on unnecessary information. I truly believe that there isn't another course as valuable as the CFP course at Rice.”- Kalpana Visweswaran
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