Financial Planning majors have a variety of career opportunities. Our students go to work for large brokerage firms, small boutique Registered Investment Advisor firms, government agencies, and non-profits, to name a few. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, financial planners earn a median salary of $90,530 per year with a bachelor's degree. The financial planning profession has a "much faster than average" growth compared to the national average, and it's forecasted that there will be 40,000 additional jobs added to the existing 271,900 in the next ten years.
"Best School for Financial Planning" by Investopedia
Prolific authors and nationally recognized faculty
One of UGA's Top 15 Undergraduate Earning Majors
Classes offered at UGA, Griffin (closer to Atlanta), and online
40% of our students are female compared to less than 20% in the profession
Six degree programs to fit your lifestyle, ranging from undergrad to Ph.D.
Two words: experiential learning. This gets you hands-on experience beyond the classroom through internships, service-learning, research, and travel study. This gives you the edge over competitors when you apply for a job or pursue graduate school. Below are experiential learning opportunities you'll get with UGA Financial Planning.
You'll get real world experience at the ASPIRE Clinic as a client-facing financial counselor. The Clinic has reached more than 1,500 individuals, couples, and families since 2011 through one-on-one services, and many others through its group workshops on topics like well-being and financial literacy.
You'll help lead the UGA Money Dawgs summer academy open to kids ages 11-14 where they can come and learn about money, personal financial decision making, and investing. Students have fun learning while also discovering great financial planning careers.
You can join VITA every spring to help others with their taxes. As a student you'll get valuable tax experience as you come face-to-face with clients and solve their tax situations. VITA has had over 600 student volunteers help over 7,000 households with their finances for over a decade.
The Student Financial Planning Association joins students who share an interest in financial planning. As an SFPA member you'll gain valuable leadership experience and knowledge by networking with industry professionals and attending national conferences.
Meet a few faculty below or view all faculty to get a taste of what your classes will be like.
Financial planning requires cultural sensitivity and compassion to serve. I model this to my students and impress it upon them by using real-world problem-solving.
As a career changer myself, I focus on helping students from all backgrounds and academic disciplines apply their experiences and find fulfilling careers in financial planning.
My students will find me to be highly approachable. Financial planners need to be people you trust, and I believe that starts in the classroom.
See where they came from, why they chose Financial Planning, how they feel about the College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS), and of course what they're up to now in the real world.
All our programs are CFP board registered and meet the CFP exam education requirement.
Double Dawgs gets you started on your master's level work while fulfilling requirements for your bachelor's degree. Students enrolled in the double dawgs program complete both degrees in five years.
The online master's degree offers ultimate flexibility in both location and time. This degree can be completed while working full-time.
In the master's thesis program, you will learn about financial planning at an advanced level while completing a research project and writing a thesis.
A Ph.D. gives you the highest level of research-based academic preparation. In our program you will have the opportunity to research and participate in experiential learning with world class faculty.
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