MS in Finance: Financial Planning

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Do you wish to play a major role in the financial security of individuals or families? Kaplan University's Master of Science in Finance with a specialization in Financial Planning program is designed to help you build an understanding of strategies and concepts in financial plan development. Read on for more information about this online master's degree program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Finance with a specialization in Financial Planning program provides students with the opportunity to study extensive topics in several financial areas combined with specific courses in personal financial management. Specialization courses focus on debt management, retirement planning, college savings programs, risk management, insurance coverage, liabilities, tax management techniques, and estate planning. Core requirements discuss corporate finance strategies, investment management, financial statement analysis, financial markets, and business communications. A final portfolio management course allows students to apply theories and concepts learned to real or probable financial situations. Students could use this course to prepare for the Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) Certification Exam.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Potential students of the Master of Science in Finance with a specialization in Financial Planning program should hold a bachelor's degree in financial management, accounting, or business. Current experience in a corporate finance department, bank, or similar environment is also helpful. Applicants to Kaplan University's programs should be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Since the program is offered online, applicants should have access to a computer. Some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Master of Science in Finance with a specialization in Financial Planning program consists of a total of 52 credits. This credit total includes 36 credits in the core curriculum and 16 credits in specialization courses. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Master of Science in Finance with a Specialization in Financial Planning Requirements

  • Business Communications
  • Financial Institutions and Markets
  • Risk Analysis and Management
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Investment and Securities Analysis
  • Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits
  • Fixed-Income and Futures Investing
  • Portfolio Management
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Individual Insurance Planning
  • Income Tax Planning and Strategies
  • Estate Planning

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Kaplan University's Master of Science in Finance with a specialization in Financial Planning program could seek positions at the executive or upper management level in a variety of financial institutions. Possible employment opportunities could be sought at banks, lending institutions, financial consulting firms, insurance companies, or accounting firms.

Possible positions could include:

  • Insurance manager
  • Financial advisor
  • Financial analyst
  • Personal financial consultant