Personal financial planning: Online master’s degree
Master of science in personal financial planning (MS)
This program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.
Successful completion of the program requires 36 credit hours: eight required courses and four electives.
Courses are offered by multiple public universities in the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance, and some may have varying start and finish dates. Once you’re a Mizzou student in the program, you will register each semester through Mizzou regardless of the institution offering the course.
The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. Please note that some courses are offered only in ODD (e.g., 2017) or EVEN (e.g., 2018) years. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.
|Core courses (24 credit hours)|
|Estate Planning for Families||X||X|
|Financial Theory and Research I||X||X||X|
|Financial Planning Case Studies||X||X||X|
|Insurance Planning for Families||X||X|
|Investing for the Family's Future||X||X|
|Personal Income Taxation||X||X||X|
|Retirement Planning, Employee Benefits and the Family||X||X|
|Electives (12 credit hours)|
|Fundamentals of Family Financial Planning||X||X|
|Housing and Real Estate||EVEN|
|Military Family Financial Issues||EVEN|
|Professional Practices in Financial Planning||X|
This program culminates in completion of a comprehensive project or case analysis.
The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.
How to apply
- Fulfill the admission requirements:
- Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
- If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
- GRE scores are not required.
Submit your application in time.
|To start classes in||Apply by||Classes begin|
Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:
- Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
- Three letters of recommendation from three professionals who can attest to your critical thinking, analytical and writing skills, demonstrating your potential as a graduate student and professional. Ask you references to mail their letters to Dr. Deanna Sharpe 239 E Stanley Hall, Columbia, MO 65211.
- Résumé or CV.
- Statement of purpose outlining your career goals.
- TOEFL or IELTS score reports for applicants whose native language is not English.
Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.
- Upload the above documents in the online application
- Degree/Delivery: Masters- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
- Academic Program: Personal Financial Planning-Distance (MS)
- TOEFL or IELTS scores: Institution Code 6875 (if applicable)
Ask us about this program
For information about academic issues or course content, please contact
This program is administered by the Personal Financial Planning Department.