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

Program Details

Earn a Master of Science in Advanced Financial Planning degree with a concentration in Financial Life Planning in an accessible online format.  This program is designed specifically for those who have passed the CFP examination and are looking to fine tune skills and techniques in financial life planning.  Students will explore a variety of tools and techniques, including:

  • Advanced interviewing skills
  • Client behavioral biases
  • Advanced coaching skills

Develop applicable research tools to find essential information about clients.  Conduct studies in psychology and behavioral finance in an innovative, research-based program.  Learn how to apply powerful insight to your professional practice, enhancing the lives of clients and your own leading-edge work with GGU online.

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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