Personal financial planning

Master of science University of Missouri
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Important: Not accepting applications

Due to recent administrative changes, starting Fall 2021, we are not accepting new students into the GPIDEA Distance program. We are exploring options and hope to provide online graduate programs again in near future. Meanwhile, we encourage those interested in a distance certificate or master’s program to contact the GPIDEA program coordinator at If you are interested in the Resident MS or Certificate programs, please contact Starla Ivey at


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.

Course planner

The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. Please note that some courses are offered only in ODD (e.g., 2021) or EVEN (e.g., 2022) years. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.


This program culminates in completion of a comprehensive project or case analysis.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page for more information.

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Students residing in all states are eligible to enroll in this program.

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Division of Applied Social Sciences