Founded in 1901, Golden Gate University offers two innovative financial planning degrees and a certificate that can be earned in the classroom or entirely online.
Ours was the first ever MS in Financial Planning, originally offered in 1980. We’re proud of our 36 year history of educating leaders in the financial planning profession. Our program is registered with CFP Board and completion of the core courses qualifies you to sit for the CFP® certification exam. Just as importantly, our exceptional faculty will become a permanent part of your professional network. Our faculty’s commitment to the profession is unparalleled: we count three past national FPA presidents, five past national board members, two Foundation for Financial Planning chairs, five Heart of Financial Planning recipients, and a P. Kemp Fain, Jr. Award honoree among our professors. You truly learn from the best of the best.
Beyond the core courses, you’ll also have access to cutting edge electives that represent the best of 21st century financial planning, including the following:
- Facilitating Financial Health: Tools for Financial Planners and Coaches by Professor Rick Kahler, MSFP, CFP®
- Evaluating Research: Understanding and Using Applied Research in Your Practice by Professor Dave Yeske, MA, DBA, CFP®
- Coaching Skills for Financial Advisors by Professor Saundra Davis, MSFP
- Behavioral Finance by Professor John Zott, MBA, DBA
- Business Development in Financial Services by Professor Saundra Davis, MSFP
For those who have already passed the CFP® exam, we offer the MS in Financial Planning & Taxation which allows you to earn an advanced financial planning degree while taking a deep technical dive into the areas of income taxation or estate planning. This program is taught in conjunction with GGU’s highly ranked Braden School of Taxation, the largest tax school in the country and routinely named among the top 10 by tax professionals. Here’s a short video lecture by Braden School professor Michael Vinson: Baseball Can Be Taxing.
The program has also drawn favorable reviews from financial planning luminaries like Michael Kitces:
“Another appealing option is Golden Gate University’s “Masters in Taxation and Financial Planning” program, specifically for those who have already completed their CFP marks, who want to go deeper into both financial planning and income or estate taxation. What’s the difference between getting a graduate degree in financial planning, and “just” the CFP certification? Simply put, the Master’s degree programs go deeper into the subject matter (even for those who already have their CFP marks, as in the end CFP classes are the equivalent of “just” undergraduate-level coursework).”
Financial Planning Association (FPA) members also receive a 10% tuition grant on all classes.
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Financial Planning Director Dr. David Yeske,CFP®