We'll prepare you to become professional financial planners. The program is registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., and the Association of Financial Counseling and Planning Education. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC®) examinations.

Demand for graduates has consistently exceeded the number of students in the major. Our graduates earn competitive salaries and have a variety of career options. Financial planning is ranked among the nation’s fastest growing (Money magazine) and most rewarding (Jobs Rated Almanac) careers.

Fully accredited by the CFP® Board, the FACS Financial Planning program: 

  • Was named among “the best of the bunch” by Investopedia.com.
  • Is one of the Top 10 programs in the U.S. according to Financial Planning Magazine.
  • Is rated No. 4 in the country by Wealth Management magazine.

Major in Financial Planning


  • M.S.

    We offer both thesis and non-thesis degrees for students who wish to pursue either research-based or practical careers in financial planning.

  • Accelerated M.S.

    Complete a B.S. in 3 years and a M.S. in financial planning in just 2 years. Upon completion, students will be eligible to sit for the Certified Financial PlannerTM exam. 

  • Online M.S.

    Prepare for the Certified Financial Planner TM exam and earn a non-thesis M.S. completely online in 2 years. This program is ideal for working professionals who wish to take the next step in their careers.

  • Ph.D

    The highest level of research-based academic preparation in financial planning, with areas of focus including wealth volatility management, financial risk tolerance, and behavioral financial planning.


The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 30% growth in employment for financial advisors through 2024, well above the national average for all occupations at 7%.

The median wage for personal financial advisors was $89,160 in May 2015.

Financial Advisors rank #4 on the U.S. News Best Business Jobs list.

Our M.S. program is registered with the CFP Board, and can help prepare students for higher-level positions in financial planning.

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UGA offers financial planning students at the undergraduate and graduate level with several opportunities to explore financial planning beyond the classroom.

  • Aspire Clinic

    Get real-world internship experience as a financial service provider for UGA’s Aspire Clinic. Potential clients include UGA students, faculty, and staff, as well as individuals and families in the Athens area. Areas of assistance include financial check-ups, loan or debt management, budgeting, tax planning, major purchases, retirement plans, and more.

    Contact: Megan Ford

  • Money Dawgs

    Each summer, UGA Financial Planning graduate students host the annual Money Dawgs camp for kids ages 11-14. Financial Planning students teach kids valuable lessons in personal finances, teamwork, and communication through fun, hands-on activities. Future financial planners will benefit from Money Dawgs camp by developing their own counseling skills.

    Contact: Michael Thomas

  • Financial Planning Performance Lab

    Doctoral students have a unique opportunity to participate in research through the Financial Planning Performance Lab. Research teams are focused on improving the financial planning experience through the study of financial risk tolerance, behavioral financial planning, and wealth volatility management.

    Contact: John Grable

  • Student Financial Planning Association

    The SFPA is a network of students with an interest in financial planning. Open to all majors, the SFPA meets bi-weekly, featuring leading financial planning practitioners. SFPA members also attend networking events with the Financial Planning Association, the Financial Therapy Association, and the Atlanta Financial Planning Association.

  • Voluntary Income Tax Assistance

    In the Spring Semester, eligible students can participate in VITA, a collaboration with Georgia United Credit Union and other nonprofit agencies to provide Athens area residents with free income tax assistance. Future financial planners can sharpen their tax knowledge and develop client communication skills while assisting others in the Athens community. Students will also receive course credit for their service. Volunteers must have taken a class on federal income taxation or have instructor approval with past work experience to participate.

    Contact: Diane Costyn

  • Mentor Program

    The Financial Planning Mentor Program connects current Senior and Graduate students of the FHCE Financial Planning Program with Financial Planning Alumni. Mentees receive guidance and advice on their professional development, knowledge on industry insight and the opportunity to meet and network with those currently in the industry. Both Mentors and Mentees have the option to select between two membership types that best fit their wants and schedules. Applications are accepted for both Mentors and Mentees year round.

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Amanda received her Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Georgia in 2015, and earned a certificate in Legal Studies from UGA in 2015.


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