Is it a Thesis or Non-Thesis Program?

We offer both thesis and non-thesis options. See Requirements.

What is the typical student profile?

With our high rankings and interdisciplinary nature, the Master's program does not have a "typical" student. We have a diverse representation of undergraduate majors, from accounting to psychology. Some of our students come with work experience, but many do not. We have students who are married with children, while others come straight from undergrad. We have students from all over the country, as well as international students. That being said, each of our students possesses a desire to help others achieve their financial goals and believes that a solid educational foundation in financial planning is the best way to do so!

How long does it take to complete the program?

Many of our students complete their Master's in two years. We also offer the Double Dawgs option for undergraduates who are looking to work toward their Master's degree ahead of schedule.


Applicants admitted by the University of Georgia Graduate School in 2014 had mean GRE scores of 154 (verbal) and 154 (quantitative). The mean scores of applicants admitted into our FHCE programs in 2013-2015 were similar: 152 (verbal) and 155 (quantitative). The University's mean score on the GMAT was 598; we began accepting the GMAT in Spring 2014. Among 2015-16 applicants who submitted GMAT scores, the mean total score was 650. The Graduate School seeks applicants with a 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA (3.5 for graduate coursework). For detailed information on the composition of admitted students see the most recent Fact Book published by the Office of Institutional Research.

For our MS-NT financial planning program (online and on campus non-thesis program) we may request a waiver of the GRE or GMAT on your behalf under certain conditions. The Statement of Purpose allows you to indicate if you meet one or more of the following four crieteria:

  1. earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution in a related discipline with at least a 3.0 GPA and have a minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience and can demonstrate in your statement of purpose/personal interview that you possess the perspective, the intellectual capacity, and the drive and determination to successfully complete the MS-NT program;

  2. hold, in good standing, a designation relevant to your intended field such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), applicable FINRA licenses, or equivalent;

  3. have completed a minimum of nine credits of graduate course workat a regionally accredited college or university in a related field with a 3.5 GPA or higher; or

  4. previously earned a graduate degree in a related field.​

For more information about admissions requirements, please visit How To Apply


Domestic Applicant Deadlines

Fall Semester - July 1 (all FHCE degree program applications considered)

Spring Semester - November 15 (only accelerated M.S. and on-campus M.S.-NT applications considered)

International Applicant Deadlines

Fall Semester - April 15 (all FHCE degree program applications considered)

Spring Semester - October 15 (only accelerated M.S. and on-campus M.S.-NT applications considered)

M.S. Thesis

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 

M.S. Non-Thesis

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.

Also offered at the Griffin Campus

How to Apply Course Requirements