If you're a working professional looking to further your financial planning education, we offer a Professional Master's at the UGA Griffin campus, located conveniently close to Atlanta.

Why study Financial Planning at UGA Griffin?

  • 40 minutes south of Atlanta and access to metro-area networking
  • Small class sizes
  • One-on-one contact with faculty
  • Schedule flexibility for non-traditional students
  • GRE/GMAT waiver possibility for eligible applicants
  • Perfect for working professionals
  • Welcome underrepresented groups in financial planning (women, ethnic minorities, military)
  • Invited to intimate graduation ceremony on Griffin campus plus Athens campus ceremonies

Is Financial Planning the profession for you?

Financial planners are increasingly in demand as individuals and families seek advisers to help manage their income, investments, assets and debts.

One of the fastest growing career tracks, financial planners find employment in companies such as:

  • Banks
  • Insurance companies
  • Brokerage firms
  • Benefits and pension departments of corporations

Others are more entrepreneurial, choosing to establish their own practice or business.

Highlights

  • Designed for individuals who are seeking to sit for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) examination
  • Provides a master’s degree level experience that goes beyond certificate education
  • Explores the financial planning profession with experienced UGA faculty
  • Conducted in cooperation with the Board of Standards for the Certified Financial Planner® program

Among the Best in the Nation

The financial planning program at UGA is among the best in the nation. Our graduates earn competitive salaries and have a variety of career options. Financial planning is ranked among the nation’s fastest growing (Money Magazine) and most rewarding (Jobs Rated Almanac) careers.

Students obtaining this M.S. degree have opportunities to participate in internships and the study abroad programs offered by the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Where are Griffin graduates?

  • Alpha Capital Management
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Peace Officers’ Annuity and Benefit Fund of Georgia
  • USAA Wealth Management

Course Requirements

Courses are typically taken over two years.

Complete Curriculum

Fall

  • FHCE 8200 Financial Planning & Analysis
  • FHCE 6200 Wealth Management 1
  • FHCE 6220 Estate Planning
  • FHCE 7200E Financial Counseling and Client Communication

Spring

  • FHCE 6250E Practice Management
  • FHCE 6205 Wealth Management 2
  • FHCE 6210 Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits
  • FHCE 6230 - Family Tax Planning
  • FHCE 8025E - Research Evaluation and Theory in Financial Planning Practice
  • FHCE 7250 Capstone in Financial Planning

Ready to take the next step?

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Still working on your undergraduate degree?

We also offer a major with a Financial Planning emphasis in our Consumer Economics degree, also conveniently at the Griffin campus.