What Are the Best Schools for Certified Financial Planners (CFP)?

A solid background in finance, accounting and business can prepare you to become a financial planner for a bank, insurance company, investment fund or similar organization. Learn what outstanding CFP schools offer their students and what degree programs are offered at a few of these exceptional schools. Schools offering Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

How to Choose a Certified Financial Planners (CFP™) Program

You should consider programs registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, which offers the CFP® designation through its testing program. Schools nationally ranked for their excellence in business programs at the undergraduate or graduate levels should also be given special attention.

What Are Three Top Schools for Certified Financial Planners?

Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS

Kansas State offers a total of four CFP Board-Registered financial planning programs. The university's School of Family Studies and Human Services sponsors the Institute of Personal Financial Planning and the Powercast Financial Counseling Center. The Institute hosts each of the CFP-eligible programs, except for the graduate certificate, which is offered through the Division of Continuing Education. These programs are offered:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Personal Financial Planning (PFP)
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in PFP
  • Certificate in PFP
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in PFP

Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech's Division of Personal Financial Planning offers an undergraduate major, two minors, a master's program, a Ph.D. and graduate certificates, all CFP-eligible programs. The school's Center for Financial Responsibility manages research and program development, partnering with financial industry leaders like ING, Nationwide, and The International Foundation for Retirement Education. These programs are available:

  • B.S. in PFP
  • Certificate in Charitable Financial Planning
  • Certificate in PFP
  • M.S. in PFP
  • M.S. in PFP/Juris Doctor
  • M.S. in PFP/MBA
  • M.S. in PFP/M.S. in Accounting
  • Ph.D. in PFP

University of Georgia in Athens, GA

UGA's CFP Board-Registered financial planning bachelor's through doctoral programs are housed in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. The Department of Housing and Consumer Economics hosts the Housing and Demographic Research Center.

Financial planning majors meet requirements to sit for the CFP examination. You might participate in an honors program, summer travel study or the university's Legislative and Congressional Aide Program. Service learning options are encouraged. You could earn these relevant degrees:

  • B.S. in Financial Planning
  • M.S. in Financial Planning
  • Ph.D. in Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics

Ten Additional Schools With CFP Board-Registered Finance Programs

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocationEstimated Undergrad In-State Tuition*
Bowling Green State University4-year, PublicBowling Green, OH $11,000
University of Missouri4-year, PublicColumbia, MO$9,000
Saint Joseph's University4-year, PrivatePhiladelphia, PA$44,000
Stockton University4-year, PublicGalloway, NJ$13,000
University of Alabama4-year, PublicTuscaloosa, AL$10,000
Purdue University4-year, PublicWest Lafayette, IN$9,000
Louisiana State University4-year, PublicBaton Rouge, LA$11,000
Oregon State University4-year, PublicCorvallis, OR$11,000
Iowa State University4-year, PublicAmes, IA$8,000
Utah State University4-year, PublicLogan, UT$8,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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