Master of Science in Advanced Financial Planning / Estate Planning
Golden Gate University

Program Details

Golden Gate University offers an online Master of Science in Advanced Financial Planning degree with a concentration in Estate Planning to the working professional.  This program is designed specifically for those who have passed the CFP examination and are looking to fine tune skills and techniques in estate planning.  Studies within this curriculum include but are not limited to:

  • State and Gift Taxation
  • Equity Analysis
  • Advanced Federal Income Tax

Students will also explore the laws surrounding taxation of trusts and estates, individual retirement plans, and more.  Alumni of GGU financial programs can be found holding high-level positions in top organizations across the country.  Develop an essential knowledge of tax principles and doctrines in a variety of contexts in a flexible and accessible online format with Golden Gate University.

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100% Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

Golden Gate University is accredited by:

WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

The WASC Senior College and University Commission accredits universities in California and Hawaii, including Stanford, University of San Francisco, UC Berkeley, San Jose State. GGU has never chosen to apply for the optional AACSB accreditation because its requirements are not consistent with their mission and commitment to have students learn from former and current practitioners rather than pure scholars. To do this, Golden Gate focuses on hiring full and part-time faculty who have a strong practitioner background and bring their practical experience to the classroom. AACSB rules are not consistent with this approach and, unfortunately, many standard rankings such as US News & World Report base their information on AACSB. With more than 68,000 alumni, we are confident that GGU prepares students with knowledge and skills that can be used throughout their careers.


Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Recommended GPA

2.5 or above (4.0 scale)

Admission Tests

Proof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)

Application Requirements

Official College Transcript(s), Additional Materials May Be Requested

Additional Info

  • Applicants must have passed the Certified Financial Planning® examination.

Restricted States

Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Rhode Island