Personal Financial Planning at Kansas State University (K-State) is a nationally recognized and award-winning program that prepares students to work in diverse professions in personal finance. Known for excellence in educating and training students, the K-State Personal Financial Planning program helps to equip students with strong technical and soft skills to be successful in the real world. K-State Personal Financial Planning is home to national leaders in financial planning, financial counseling, and financial therapy, offering cutting-edge undergraduate (online and on-campus) and graduate level programs (online M.S., Graduate Certificates, and hybrid Ph.D.). Go to for information about all of the certificate and degree programs. 

Financial Therapy Graduate Certificate Program

Kansas State University’s Financial Therapy Graduate Certificate program is the first of its kind in the nation to provide graduate level educational training to professionals who want to improve clients’ financial health by integrating relational, behavioral, cognitive, and emotional elements with personal finance. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to understand the interplay of psychology, relationships, and money. Students will also be able to implement practical techniques into their work with clients. Currently, financial therapy is an unregulated field and, therefore, educational training in the area does not lead to certification or licensure as a therapist, counselor, or planner. K-State’s Financial Therapy Graduate Certificate can be completed entirely online within 12 months, consisting of four eight-week courses.

Master’s Degree Program and PFP Graduate Certificate

The Personal Financial Planning Master’s program allows students to choose among three curriculum options to meet their needs. Whether an experienced financial professional looking to enhance their skills or someone wanting to advance their education or enter the financial field, K-State Personal Financial Planning M.S. degree offers options in financial therapy and advanced financial planning. Students who are employed full-time typically complete the online 30 credit hour program in two to three years.

K-State students have the option of beginning the master’s degree with the graduate certificate program in Personal Financial Planning. As a CFP® Board-Registered Program, the graduate certificate qualifies you to sit for the CFP® certification exam. Upon successful completion of the certificate program, students will transition into either the Financial Therapy Graduate Certificate program or the Advanced Planner track. Students who are already CFP® certificants can combine the Financial Therapy Graduate Certificate and the Advanced Financial Planner tracks plus take six additional credit hours. Students also can take a financial counseling course to meet the educational requirements for the Accredited Financial Counselor® (AFC®) certification. The degree also fulfills the educational requirements for these designations: Registered Financial Consultant, Registered Financial Associate, and Certified Retirement Counselor.

Guest Contributor: Tierra Dimond, Program Coordinator
Inquire about the program at or 785-532-1480

November 10, 2017

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