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Kansas State University

Ph.D. Degree

Personal Financial Planning
Provides the knowledge and skill set for building a career in financial counseling and planning
Course Delivery
  • Online
  • Face-to-face
Application Requirements
Completion Requirements
  • Summer face-to-face sessions
  • Dissertation

The Ph.D. with an emphasis in Personal Financial Planning – the first in the nation to be conducted largely online – was designed for professionals who already have busy careers and substantial roots where they live. Offered through the School of Family Studies and Human Services, the program is composed of a mix of online and residency courses.

This hybrid program allows you to take online courses during the fall and spring semesters, and participate in intensive 10-day summer experiences. During three consecutive summer residency sessions on the K-State campus, you will build a connection with faculty and peers, not to mention the university. For your final summer session, you will travel abroad as a group to see up-close how global markets work, and how they affect financial planning in the United States and worldwide.

The degree fulfills the educational requirement for these designations: Registered Financial Consultant, Registered Financial Associate, Certified Retirement Counselor, and Accredited Financial Counselor.

Detailed program information