Personal financial planning

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An online graduate certificate in personal financial planning from MU can help you support individuals and families in achieving and sustaining economic stability. If you want to prepare for the rigorous national CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ examination and become a CFP® professional, this may be the certificate for you.

The program enables students to meet the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. education requirement.

Quick facts

Official name

Graduate certificate in personal financial planning


University of Missouri

Program type

Graduate certificate

Academic home

College of Human Environmental Sciences | Department of Personal Financial Planning

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission

Credit hours


Estimated cost


*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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Career prospects

Potential careers

  • Financial analysts
  • Loan officers
  • Personal financial advisers
  • Social and community service managers
Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Personal Financial Advisers
Employment growth
Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Personal Financial Advisers
Median salary

Program structure

Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Courses are semester-based and offered by multiple universities taking part in the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance. Depending on which university is teaching your course that semester, your courses may have different start and finish dates.

Students typically take two classes each semester and finish in one year.

Course work includes

  • Employee benefits
  • Estate planning
  • Investment planning
  • Retirement planning
  • Risk management
  • Tax planning


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length


Typical course load

Varies if full time or part time


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

Great Plains IDEA

Great Plains IDEA is a consortium of 19 universities offering fully online graduate programs and courses in agriculture disciplines. Students apply to and are admitted by one university, enroll in all of their courses through that university and graduate from that university. However, the online courses are taught by faculty in the discipline from several universities.

Learn more about Great Plains IDEA.


Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Personal Financial Planning