Are you an undergraduate with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher who has considered graduate school? If so, consider our accelerated Master’s degree. After admission to the graduate program you can start working on your M.S. as an undergraduate. With planning it can take just one additional year beyond completing your B.S.

We offer three concentrations; FHCE advisors and faculty can help you decide which option is right for you. 

Consumer Economics

This concentration develops your expertise in:

  • Consumer decision making
  • Applied consumer analytics
  • Consumer literacy and behavior
  • Poverty and material hardship
  • Government interventions and policies
  • Methods used by research analysts

Upon completion you will have a refined understanding of the challenges and opportunities that face consumers in increasingly complex economic and political environments.

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Financial Planning

Are you an undergraduate with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher who has considered graduate school? If so, consider the accelerated Master’s degree in Financial Planning. After admission to the graduate program you can start working on your M.S. as an undergraduate. With planning, it can take just one additional year to complete your M.S. degree! 

Why Study Financial Planning?

Be a Financial Hero

Upon graduation you will be eligible to sit for the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ examination. CFP® professionals are uniquely qualified to help individuals pull all their finances together, solve financial problems, and make a plan to achieve their financial goals.

Build Your Future by Helping Others Build Theirs

  • High income potential
  • Dynamic, respected profession
  • The satisfaction that comes with helping people plan for their futures

As a financial planner with valuable expertise, you can expect personal satisfaction as well as financial rewards. Financial planners consistently report an increase in average annual gross earnings after receiving their CFP® certification.

Make an Impact

  • Solve financial problems
  • Help people meet their financial goals
  • Serve as trusted adviser, counselor, and coach

You can make a difference at a time when more Americans are struggling to pull their finances together and plan for the future. The financial planning career path is expected to grow 41% over the next five years. Employers are actively recruiting financial planning graduates!

CFP® Certification: The Highest Standard in Financial Planning

Only a select group of planners have met the rigorous requirements necessary to call themselves CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals. CFP® certification maintains rigorous standards and communicates your expertise and credibility. A M.S. degree in Financial Planning from UGA can help you launch a successful career.

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Housing Management and Policy

Develop your expertise in housing practice and scholarship:

  • Affordable housing
  • Community development
  • Housing insecurity & homelessness
  • Government programs & policy
  • Mortgage finance
  • Residential mobility
  • Residential property management

Upon completion you will have a comprehensive understanding of housing as a product, an environment, a service, and a process to shelter a diverse and changing population. 

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Before applying, consult with your major's undergraduate advisor and the FHCE graduate coordinator to develop a preliminary course plan. The plan must be approved by the dean of the Graduate School prior to submitting an application. The Graduate School's Accelerated Master's Program Page has further program and cost information.

The University of Georgia does not certify individuals to use the CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™ and marks. CFP® certification is granted solely by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to individuals who, in addition to completing an educational requirement such as this CFP Board-Registered Program, have met ethics, experience and examination requirements.