MS Course Description: The Master of Science (MS) is a 33-hour, non-thesis, distance education program that is registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. The MS degree includes the 18 credit hour requirements of Graduate Certificate in Personal Financial Planning. So, when the students are admitted to the MS degree, they are also admitted to Graduate Certificate degree. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate portion, students will have completed the education needed to sit for the national CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) exam. This is one of four requirements leading to the right to use the CFP® marks as a financial service professional. The other requirements are passing the national CFP® exam, gaining industry-relevant experience, and agreeing and adhering to the CFP Board’s Standards of Professional Conduct.
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