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Graduate Application FAQs

If you have a question that is not listed below, please contact Voronica Bonaparte at

arrow pointing up Where can I apply to the program?

Application to our program is made online through the University of Missouri’s graduate school (

arrow pointing up What do I need to submit with my application?

  • Official undergraduate transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose (a letter from you that outlines how you see participation in the program advancing your professional goals)
  • Resume
  • Official GRE scores (resident program only)

arrow pointing up Where do I send the documents with my application?

  • Official transcripts should be mailed directly to the Graduate School
  • Letters of recommendation, resumes, statement of purpose, and GRE/GMAT scores (if applicable) can be sent directly to the department to the Director of Graduate Studies, PFP, 239 Stanley Hall, Columbia MO 65211

arrow pointing up How long is the MS program? How many credit hours are required? Is it
    possible to finish the degree in one year?

We offer 3 different master’s programs. The answer depends on the program:

  1. The resident thesis-based master’s program is a minimum of 30 hours. With a carefully planned program of study, and willingness to take summer coursework a student could finish in 1 ½ years. A student might be able to finish in one year if willing and able to take an overload on classes in each semester. This program requires an acceptable grade on the GRE or GMAT.
  2. The Applied Master’s program is a non-thesis, 36-hour program. This program is registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. and is designed to prepare students to sit for the CFP® exam.
  3. An online master’s program. This program is 42 hours. It is offered in cooperation with the Great Plains Distance Education Alliance. More information is available on that program at:

arrow pointing up What are the requirements for your graduate program as an international

International students need to have a score at or above 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language.

arrow pointing up If a candidate wants to pursue a joint program with an MBA & MS in PFP,
    would it be possible to pursue a dual degree? Is it possible to complete a
    dual degree within 2 years?

Yes, it is possible to pursue a degree in both programs. A 2 ½ to 3 year time span would probably be more realistic for meeting requirements in both programs.

arrow pointing up What sort of background is recommended to enter the PhD program?

It is helpful to have a background in economics and statistics. But students can catch up if they do not have these when admitted.

arrow pointing up How many PhD students are admitted per year?

We admit 2 to 4 PhD students a year.

arrow pointing up How long does it typically take to finish the PhD program?

Length of time to finish varies but typically is 3 to 4 years.

arrow pointing up Are you accepting applications?

Yes, we are accepting applications. Admission applications for fall semester should be made by April 1st. Assistantship applications for fall semester should be made by Feb. 1st.

arrow pointing up Do you have a study plan for your graduate program? I cannot find it on
    the website.

Each student’s plan of study will vary to some degree, depending on the specific program and the student’s background, needs, and career plans.

arrow pointing up Can I transfer similar classes from previous degree (studies) such as
    economics and statistics, if they are similar?

Yes, coursework can be transferred. The amount of courses that can be transferred depends on where the courses were taken (off campus or on campus) and the student’s program of study.

arrow pointing up Do you actually receive a Master's degree at the end of this program or
    does it only entitle you to sit for the CFP exam?

We offer two on-line programs – an 18 hour Certificate in Personal Financial Planning and a 42 hour Master’s program in Personal Financial Planning. The Certificate focuses just on the education needed to sit for the CFP® exam. The 42 hour MS degree includes those 18 hours plus additional coursework in such things as case analysis, client/planner relationships, and professional practice. The MS degree is a Master of Science in Personal Financial Planning.


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