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Graduate Application Frequently Asked Questions

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Application to our program is made online through University of Missouri’s Graduate Studies.
  • 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)
  • Official transcripts should be mailed directly to the University of Missouri’s Graduate Studies.
  • 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.
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 36 hours. It is offered in cooperation with the Great Plains Distance Education Alliance. More information on the program.
International students need to have a score at or above 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language.
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.
It is helpful to have a background in economics and statistics. But students can catch up if they do not have these when admitted.
We admit 2 to 4 PhD students a year.
Length of time to finish varies but typically is 3 to 4 years.
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.
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.
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.
We offer two on-line programs – an 18 hour Certificate in Personal Financial Planning and a 36 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.