If your plans include a career in applied settings one of our Master's of Science non-thesis programs may be right for you. Instead of writing a thesis, you may complete a practicum and develop a professional portfolio (for M.S.-NT with a financial planning concentration) or complete an applied consumer analytics research project (for M.S.-NT with a consumer economics concentration) to help prepare you for your applied professional career.

We offer two M.S.-NT degree concentrations; FHCE advisors and faculty can help you decide which option is right for you. 

Consumer Economics

This concentration develops your expertise in:

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, when completed with a thesis, will develop your expertise in financial planning practice and scholarship. When completed with our non-thesis option, you will be ready to be a client-focused financial planner. Both programs of study prepare you to:

  • Help people create and manage wealth
  • Counsel others on tax matters
  • Teach others about personal finance
  • Advise others on transfering wealth
  • Research investment opportunities

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

How to Apply Course Requirements 

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.

The CFP(R) exam pass rate for UGA financial planning graduates is about 60%, which is slightly above the national average. Four of six students passed the exam in November 2014. We do not require our students to take the CFP(R) exam. Unless the student provides permission, the CFP(R) Board does not provide information about individual students.