MS in Personal Financial Planning with Emphasis in Consumer and Family Economics

Degree Requirements

Please review the Resident Research and Policy Master's Degree Program Handbook or the Resident Applied Master's Degree Program Handbook.

Sample Plan of Study

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.
Please review the Resident Research and Policy Master's Degree Program Handbook or the Resident Applied Master's Degree Program Handbook.

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Thesis/Non-Thesis Track

The resident Research and Policy Master of Science track prepares students for college teaching, consumer research positions, social service agencies, extension or other adult education programs, financial services institutions, consumer journalism and other positions in business, the public sector and not-for-profit institutions. Studies culminate in a research-based thesis that may either have a theoretical or applied focus. This masters degree also prepares students for subsequent work on a doctoral degree.

Acceptance to this program requires GRE or GMAT scores that meet department standards. This program requires a minimum of 30 hours to complete.
Download the Resident Research and Policy Master's Degree Program Handbook.

The resident Applied Master of Science is for students who view the MS as their terminal degree and plan to work as a financial services professional following graduation. The Applied MS focuses on understanding issues and solving practical problems in the financial services industry. An industry-relevant capstone research project, rather than a thesis, is required for graduation.

Acceptance to this program requires GRE or GMAT scores that meet department standards. 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.
Download the Resident Applied Master's Degree Program Handbook.

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Admissions

Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission: the requirements of the MS in Personal Financial Planning program and the minimum requirements of the Graduate School. Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program’s graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility and application process.  Before official admissions to the University of Missouri, your application materials will be reviewed by both the Graduate School and the degree program to which you've applied.

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