Our M.S. program offers three concentration areas; FHCE advisors and faculty can help you decide which is right for you.

Consumer Economics

This concentration develops your expertise in:

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

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

How to Apply Course Requirements

Financial Planning

This concentration develops your expertise in:

  • Creating, managing, transferring wealth
  • Tax matters
  • Teaching personal finance
  • Investment principles
  • Research methods

Upon completion of this concentration you will be prepared to sit for the Certified Financial PlannerTM examination.

How to Apply Course Requirements 

Housing Management and Policy

This concentration develops your expertise in various aspects of:

  • 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. 

How to Apply Course Requirements


M.S. Timetable

Most students complete the M.S. program in two years.  
  1. Form your advisory committee (1st term)
  2. Determine your Program of Study (2nd term)
  3. Apply for Graduation (2nd term)
  4. Work with major professor to prepare thesis proposal (3rd term)
  5. Have thesis proposal approved by advisory committee (3rd term)
  6. Prepare research and manuscript for thesis defense and final examination (3rd term)
  7. Defend your thesis (4th term)
    • Enroll for a minimum of 3 credit hours 
  8. Revise your thesis to meet committee's recommendations; obtain approval from major professor (4th term)
  9. Provide a bound copy of your final thesis to the FHCE Department (4th term)

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.