Master of Science in Financial Planning
Golden Gate University

Program Details

The online Master of Science in Financial Planning is designed to provide students with skills, knowledge, and professional credentials essential within the modern field of finance.  Faculty bring real-world industry experience to the online classroom.  Along with CFP certification, graduates may pursue a variety of career paths, including but not limited to:

  • Investment advisor
  • Financial planner
  • Money manager

Develop technical and communicative skills required to work within teams and maintain professional client relationships.  Explore how best to design, create, and implement financial plans in a professional environment.  Gain experience in areas such as recognizing ethical dilemmas, application of financial planning education, resolving complex financial problems, and more with Golden Gate University online.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • Official transcripts
  • Proof of English language proficiency, international applicants
  • GMAT/GRE test scores (waived for applicants who meet necessary criteria)

School Accreditation Statement

WSCUC (WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission)

GGU is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission, the organization that 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.


Restricted States

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