Distance Education Programs

An Applied MS or a Certificate in Personal Financial Planning may be also be earned online. The University of Missouri participates in the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance [GP IDEA] an inter-institutional program that shares graduate faculty resources via the Internet.

Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance

When a student selects Mizzou as their home institution, the University of Missouri becomes their gateway to GP IDEA resources.

How to Apply:

  • Apply online at: University of Missouri Graduate School website.
  • Submit the following:
    • Official transcripts(s)
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation
    • Your resume
    • A statement of purpose
  • Note: No entrance exams are required to be considered for admission to the online graduate programs.

Advising and registration take place in communication with Personal Financial Planning faculty and program coordinators at Mizzou Online. All courses are listed on a student's transcript as University of Missouri graduate courses and are taught by graduate faculty located at any university within the Great Plains Alliance (Iowa State, Montana State, North Dakota State, Oklahoma State, South Dakota State, University of Missouri, and the University of Nebraska). The University of Missouri grants the degree or certificate for those who are admitted through our graduate school.

Coursework cost is set by members of the Great Plains Alliance and is the same across all institutions that are part of the Alliance. This cost typically differs from resident tuition and fee rates at member institutions. Some financial aid is available. Questions about the distance programs can be directed to Rui Yao, PhD, CFP®, Director of Graduate Studies or Deanna L. Sharpe, PhD, Great Plains IDEA Director.

CFP Board Registered Programs:

  • Applied MS
    The Applied MS is 36 credits and has no thesis component, but requires a practicum and capstone course that focuses on case studies. A final oral exam is based on the case study that you complete.
  • Certificate
    The certificate program is 18 credits and focuses on risk management, investment planning, tax planning, employee benefits and retirement planning and estate planning.

Graduate School Application