Overview

Master of Science in Financial Planning

The University of Georgia’s online M.S. in Financial Planning—offered through the College of Family and Consumer Sciences—is designed for individuals who are seeking to sit for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) examination. Gain experience and expertise that goes beyond certification, all from the comfort and convenience of wherever you are.

This non-thesis master’s degree program is conducted in cooperation with the Board of Standards for the Certified Financial Planner® program. Financial planners are increasingly in demand as individuals and families seek advisers to help manage their income, assets, and debts. Financial planners find employment in banks, insurance companies, and brokerage firms, as well as in benefits and pension departments of corporations. Others, seeking a more entrepreneurial route, choose to establish their own practice or business.

Careers in Financial Planning

Most graduates of the online Master of Science in Financial Planning go on to become Certified Financial Planners. However, other career options exist for master’s degree holders. Other possible job titles include:

  • Bank Trust Officer
  • Broker-Dealer
  • Claims Coordinator
  • Client Service Associate
  • Financial Advisor                 
  • Private Wealth Analyst
  • Private Banker
  • Retirement Plan Administrator
  • Trading Assistant
  • Wealth Advisor

Accreditations

The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia.

College of Family and Consumer Sciences is accredited by The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and printer may be required.
  • High-speed internet access.

Cost

Tuition & Fees

Online Tuition $629 per credit hour 30 credit hours $18,870 USD
Student Fees $597 Fall and Spring 4 semesters $2,388 USD
Student Fees $372 Summer 2 semesters $ 744 USD
Total Program Cost     $22,002 USD

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Tuition is the same regardless of residency. Current tuition and fees are available on the Bursar's Office website. If you register for less than 5 credit hours, student fees are reduced to $372 in that semester. Students will take one 3-credit-hour course durring the Summer semesters in this program.

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees.

Additional costs may include textbooks, exam proctoring fees, and technology upgrades.

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section). 

Admissions

Credit and Transfer

Total Hours Required to Earn Degree:  30 (credit hours)

Maximum Hours Transferable into Program:  6

Courses to be transferred onto a graduate student transcript must meet the following requirements: taken in a relevant field at an accredited institution, falls within the 6-year course time limit, received a grade of B or better, and not used to fulfill requirements for another degree.

Admission Requirements

Students applying to The University of Georgia must be accepted by the Graduate School. All persons holding a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution are eligible to apply for admission.

Application Checklist

  1. Application – Submit the Graduate School Admissions online.  Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International (waived for US veterans).
  2. Select Campus - Online
  3. Select Intended Program - MS, Financial Planning, Housing, and Consumer Economics(Finan Plan Hous and Cons Econ)Non -Thesis[MS_FHCE_NT_O]
  4. Entrance Exam Scores – Have official entrance exam scores sent to the UGA Graduate School by the testing service. Specify UGA as the recipient of the scores, institutional code for ETS reporting: 5813 
    1. GRE or MAT
    2. International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  5. Résumé or curriculum vita – Upload to the Graduate School application.
  6. Statement of Purpose – Upload to the Graduate School application. A statement of purpose should clarify your relevant background, interests, and goals, and indicate your intent for the online program.
  7. Transcripts – Upload unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended to the Graduate School application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.
  8. Letters of Recommendation – Submit three letters of recommendation online to graduate school. Letters should be from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program. Preferably at least two of them are from faculty who have instructed the applicant in a previous program of study. The application will prompt your recommenders to submit their letters electronically.

*The Department of Financial Planning, Housing, and Consumer Economics can request a waiver of the GRE or GMAT on your behalf if you satisfy one of the following conditions:

  • You have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution in a related discipline with at least a 3.0 GPA, have a minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience, and can demonstrate in your statement of purpose and/or in a personal interview that you possess the perspective, the intellectual capacity, and the drive and determination to successfully complete the MS-NT program.

  • You hold, in good standing, a designation relevant to your intended field, such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), applicable FINRA licenses, or equivalent.

  • You have completed a minimum of nine credits of graduate course work at a regionally accredited college or university in a related field with a 3.5 GPA or higher.

  • You previously earned a graduate degree in a related field.

Application Deadlines

Domestic Applicants

  • Fall:  July 1
  • Spring:  November 15

International Applicants

  • Fall:  April 15
  • Spring:  October 15

Registration deadlines vary per semester. The UGA Office of the Registrar website provides up-to-date information on registration dates.

Curriculum

This fully-online M.S. degree program operates on a cohort model. Completion requires 30 credit hours and consists of 10 classes offered in 8-week blocks over two years. Courses are developed and taught by experienced UGA faculty with advanced degrees and recognized industry credentials.

A maximum of six (6) credit hours can be transferred into the program and must meet the following requirements: taken in a relevant field at an accredited institution, falls within the 6-year course time limit, received a grade of B or better, and not used to fulfill requirements for another degree.

Financial Planning Courses

First Year

  • Financial Planning & Analysis
  • Wealth Management I
  • Practice Management in Financial Planning
  • Wealth Management II
  • Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits

Second Year

  • Estate Planning
  • Financial Counseling & Client Communication
  • Research Evaluation and Theory in Financial Planning Practice
  • Family Tax Planning
  • Capstone in Financial Planning**

**The Capstone Course is a CFP® Board-required course integrating previously mastered concepts through case studies.

NOTE: Only students enrolled in the online degree program are eligible to register for online Master of Financial Planning courses. Exceptions may be granted with special approval by the instructor, the Director of the online program, the Graduate Coordinator, and the Department Head. For full course descriptions, browse our online courses.

Contact Information

Learn more about the online Master of Science in Financial Planning!

Have questions about the online Master of Science in Financial Planning program at the University of Georgia? Contact the online Financial Planning Coordinator for answers to any additional questions.

Email us using the request for information form or call 1 (706) 452-7946

Testimonials

Testimonials

“The professors provided enough time to get the assignments completed and I was able to schedule out my weeks ahead of time in order to get it all done! I feel like I learned a lot in the program, but you do have to be disciplined to make time each day or week to get the work done.” –Rebecca Wilton, '19


“The course work from the program catapulted my recovery and I am at a place my doctors never thought I would be able to achieve. This program returned me to the life I had. I never thought I would be here. Dr. Carlson changed my life in a way she probably never even could consider was possible. Without her my life would be much different. I was living a much different life post brain hemorrhage than I am today. Without her I wouldn’t have stayed in the program. Without staying in this program, I would not be where I am today. I cannot thank her enough for her caring and getting behind me when I needed help.” –Tom Schorn, '20


“I chose this program because UGA is the top-ranking University that offers graduate-level studies in financial planning, it is nationally recognized, and because the online study setting fits perfectly into my lifestyle.” –Andrejs Pilajevs, '21


“Personal finance is one of those fields where the application of the material is critical. The online program allows me flexibility to maintain my professional career and do school. I can easily structure my calendar to incorporate school around work. I learned so much about the way clients behave and how their life experiences impact their finances, which is relevant for real world experiences." –Da-zha Jones, '20


“Actually, my boss was the one who suggested UGA. I already work as a financial planner and a financial advisor now, and I got my undergrad degree in finance. My favorite part [about the degree program] so far has been furthering my knowledge in the area, and I can definitely tell through my job that it has helped me with clients and the different financial questions they have." –Hattie Hutson, '17


“Being a financial advisor, I handle a lot of clients, so I need that flexibility to be able to do the work at my pace. I can do my work on Saturday or Sunday or even 12 o'clock at night. It gives students the flexibility to do it at your own time instead of having to be in a classroom at a set time." –Joel Theis, '17