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Master of Science Degree in Personal Financial Planning


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How the program works:

  • The program consists of 10 courses. Eight of the courses are required, and two are electives.
  • The first five courses and the final case study must be completed to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination.
  • Each three-hour course lasts for eight weeks with a two-week break between courses.
  • Rather than memorizing information for exams, courses consist of research projects, weekly assignments, group discussions, and hands-on case studies.


MS courses are held five times per year and last roughly eight weeks each. Courses are conducted via our asynchronous online learning platform so that you can complete your studies anywhere and at any time.

Upcoming Terms

  • 06/01/20—07/26/20
  • 08/10/20—10/04/20
  • 10/19/20—12/13/20

Master of Science Degree in Personal Financial Planning

The Master of Science Degree in Personal Financial Planning is designed for individuals who are interested in pursuing the CFP® Certification while also earning a graduate degree.  This one-of-a-kind program utilizes our industry-leading study materials but in an entirely new way. Rather than exam preparation, the MS degree curriculum focuses on practical application.  MS students learn via group discussions, writing assignments, and case study projects. This hands-on approach provides students with a deeper understanding of the subject matter and unique real-world insights.

The program begins with the core disciplines of financial planning before exploring advanced topic areas that delve deeper into these topics and more. Upon completion of the five core courses and a case study course, students are eligible to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination. In only five more courses you can earn a fully accredited Master of Science Degree in Personal Financial Planning, the highest level of financial education possible.

The Master of Science Degree in Personal Financial Planning has recently received CFP Board approval.


Pricing: Each 3-credit hour course is $1400

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