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Note: This program is not accepting applications at this time.

Officially approved as:

Stand Alone:  Yes  

Total Credit Hours:  18 

Certificate description: Students may earn a Certificate in Personal Financial Planning in this resident, non-degree, post-baccalaureate CFP® Board registered program. Graduate coursework in Personal Financial Planning at the University of Missouri analyzes household and consumer economic conditions and behavior, economic and social policy and the interrelationships among these elements. The Certificate focuses just on the education needed to sit for the CFP® exam.

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*Note: Due to recent administrative changes, starting Fall 2021, we are not accepting new students into the GPIDEA Distance program.  We are exploring options and hope to provide online graduate programs again in near future.  Meanwhile, we encourage those interested in a distance certificate or master’s program to contact the GPIDEA program coordinator at If you are interested in the Resident MS or Certificate programs, please contact Starla Ivey at

Admission Criteria

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester: April 1
  • Spring semester: October 1

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Graduate Certificate Program

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • 2-minute video to show who you are, reasons for pursuing a degree or certificate from us, and your career goals
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