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Individuals and families today bear an ever-growing responsibility for achieving and sustaining financial success across their life span. Never has there been a greater need for well-trained professionals who can help individuals and families make informed and effective financial decisions. Graduate course work in Personal Financial Planning at the University of Missouri analyzes individuals’ and families’ financial behavior and enhance their financial well-being. Students’ programs are designed to develop professional competencies and interests.

Degrees Offered

Master's

Personal Financial Planning, Master of Science

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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.

Admission Criteria

Application Deadlines

  • Fall deadline: July 15
  • Spring deadline: November 15
  • Summer deadline: April 15

Minimum Admission Requirements

Minimum Language Requirements

Click here to view the minimum English language proficiency test scores

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 Personal Financial Planning Program

  • Statement of personal and professional objectives
  • Current resume or vita

Graduate Certificate

Personal Financial Planning, Graduate Certificate

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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.

Certificate web site:
https://online.missouri.edu/degrees-programs/mu/cafnr/personal-financial-planning/grad-cert

Admission Criteria

Application Deadlines

  • Fall deadline: July 15
  • Spring deadline: November 15
  • Summer deadline: April 15

Minimum Admission Requirements

Minimum Language Requirements

Click here to view the minimum English language proficiency test scores

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

  • Statement of personal and professional objectives
  • Current resume or vita
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