Focused on the "art and science" of financial planning, this program allows you to customize your courses and earn an accredited degree that positions you for success in your chosen career path.
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36 (12 courses)
Fully online with a full-time or part-time course load
Year-round in five 8-week terms
$855 per credit
$30,780 base cost
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MS Degree + Eligibility for the CFP® Exam
Offers an MS in Financial Planning and preparation for your CFP® certificate. Recruiters and prospective employers recognize CFP® certification as the most desired designation in this growing field.
MS Degree with advanced courses
Already have your CFP®? Track 2 replaces foundation-level financial planning courses with both advanced-level courses and interdisciplinary studies.
- Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
- Ranked by US News and World Report among the top 20 schools in the Western United States.
- USDLA-award-winning online classes
- Listed as one of the Top Schools in November issue of Financial Planning Magazine
Online courses are offered year-round in five, 8-week terms. The accelerated format of the program allows a student to complete the program in less than two years, if desired.
Students and faculty meet in live virtual learning environments designed for collaboration with audio, video, application sharing, and group break-out rooms.
Classes are capped at 20 students.
Transfer Your Credit
Students may petition to transfer up to six semester credits of graduate coursework
taken at other regionally accredited colleges or universities to the financial planning
program at California Lutheran University.
Students may also be eligible to transfer up to nine credits for previously earned master's degrees.
The CFP® Board is a nonprofit professional regulatory organization that requires education,
ethics requirements, examination, and experience for CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER®
certificants. Along with completing the financial planning coursework and passing
the CFP® Certification Examination, the CFP® Board also requires successful CFP® certificants
to have financial planning-related work experience and adhere to their Code of Ethics
and Professional Responsibility.
The M.S. in Financial Planning is registered by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board) in Washington DC. Candidates who plan to sit for the CFP Certification Examination must successfully complete a CFP Board-Registered Program.
The M.S. in Financial Planning is registered by the AFCPE® Registered Education Program in Westerville, OH. Candidates who plan to sit for the AFC® Certification Examination must successfully complete a AFCPE® Registered Education Program.