Financial Planning Degree Information
Those looking to dedicate their careers to personal finance by becoming financial planners, investment advisers, broker-dealer agents, insurance producers, or CPAs, will find a tremendous selection of programs available to fit their career aspirations. In recent years, the significant increase in the number of branch campuses of esteemed universities with locations beyond major metro areas, as well as the option to pursue these programs online, has made degrees in business, finance, accounting, economics, commerce, and related areas, much more accessible. The accessibility of these degrees has only helped to make careers in personal finance more accessible as well.
With hundreds of degrees available, those aspiring to careers in personal finance often seek the council of academic advisors.
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University of Phoenix
Online Programs: B.S. in Business/Finance , B.S. in Business/Accounting , B.S. in Accounting , more...
Online Programs: Ph.D. in Management - Finance , Ph.D. in Management - Finance - Course-based , B.S. in Business Administration - Finance , more...
Online Programs: MS in Finance - Financial Planning , MS in Finance , BS in Business Administration - Wealth Management , more...
Online Programs: Bachelor's - Business Administration - Finance , Bachelor's-Accounting , Associate - Accounting , more...
Online Programs: BS in Business - Finance , AA in Accounting , MS in Accounting , more...
Baker College Online
Online Programs: Bachelor of Business Administration - Finance , Master of Business Administration - Finance , Associate of Business - Accounting , more...
Grand Canyon University
Online Programs: B.S. in Finance and Economics , M.B.A.: Finance , B.S. in Accounting , more...
Online Programs: B.S. in Finance - Corporate Finance , B.S. in Finance - Personal Finance , B.S. in Finance , more...
Colorado Technical University Online
Online Programs: Bachelor of Science in Finance , Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Finance , Master of Business Administration - Finance , more...
Undergraduate degrees in areas related to business are available through either bachelor of arts (BA) degree programs, which will place a stronger emphasis on liberal arts electives, or bachelor of science (BS) degree programs, which will place more emphasis on math and statistics. This holds true with the bachelor's degrees specific to business administration, although a more general Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is also available:
These degrees will often involve a specialization or specific area of focus pursued as a major in finance, accounting, or financial services.
Typical four-year bachelor's degree programs require 120 to 135 hours of class credits. Programs vary, but a typical breakdown of credits is shown here:
More specific undergraduate degrees are also available, including:
Although, as with bachelor's degrees, some graduate level programs result in a master of arts (MA), most programs related to business and finance offered at this level result in a master of science (MS) degree. Master's degrees generally offer students the opportunity to focus on a specific area of interest like accounting, finance, and business. Highly specialized degrees are also available at the graduate level in specific areas that include:
Another popular option is the master of business administration (MBA). While some MBA programs are more general in nature, others offer a specific focus, such as personal financial planning, asset and wealth management, and finance.
Graduate certificate programs are generally designed for students who already hold a general bachelor's degree and who are interested in learning about personal finance through graduate level classes in a specific area. Certificates are available in highly specialized areas such as financial planning, wealth management, and estate planning.
Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Education
Qualifying to become a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) through the CFP Board requires a bachelor’s degree or higher in any discipline that includes a financial planning curriculum that meets Board-specified requirements. These may be certificate, undergraduate, or graduate programs. A few examples of the types of degrees available that provide the coursework to satisfy the CFP Board requirements include:
Many schools offer degrees to financial professionals who choose to specialize in a specific area. Specialized areas and some related degrees include:
Taking the Uniform Certified Public Accounting Exam requires 150 semester hours of college level education in most states. Each state has very specific requirements for how credit hours are distributed among accounting, business, and finance courses. Because the 150 semester hour requirement is beyond the standard 120 hours included in most bachelor’s degree programs, some colleges and universities are now offering five-year combined bachelor's/master's degree programs in accounting. Students also have other options to obtain the additional hours, including getting a minor in another subject, pursuing a double major, or getting a graduate degree or graduate certificate after completing a bachelor's degree.
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