Financial Planning

If you love both the certainty of numbers and the satisfaction of helping people, we see a financial planning career in your future. With a relatively short time to entry-level mastery, this growing profession is well suited for career changers. Graduates of our program go on to work at large firms like Merrill Lynch, boutique companies like Mosaic, or their own private practice.

"What I liked about Golden Gate was the ability to take so many electives and to customize my program. I was able to take courses like estate planning, income taxation and financial planning, and was able to finish all my educational requirements for my CFP license."

-- Brian T. Corley (MS Finance 04)
Senior Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, Investment Management Group
First Republic

  • Real-world training. Most of our professors are currently practicing financial planners. By bringing the latest techniques from field to classroom, they teach you the skills you need to succeed on the job.
  • Flexible schedules, online options. Our evening classes and fully online programs allow you to earn a master's degree at your own pace.
  • Personal attention. With small class sizes, a low student-to-teacher ratio, and one-on-one career advising, GGU gives you the attention you need to learn and grow to your fullest potential.
  • Generous financial aid. We award a variety of scholarships to entering students based on both merit and need. Talk with a counselor to learn more.
  • Vast alumni network. Build relationships with GGU's diverse array of professional contacts.

MS in Financial Planning

This degree trains students with both the technical and interpersonal skills needed for a career in financial planning, and satisfies the requirements for the premier Certified Financial Planner™ designation.

MS in Advanced Financial Planning

This degree is designed for financial planners who have passed their CFP® exam and want to reinforce key skills, as well as increase their expertise in taxation or estate planning.

Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning

Start your journey toward a career as a financial planner, investment adviser, or money manager by earning a Financial Planning Certificate from GGU. The certificate program meets the educational requirement of the Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP™) designation. Students can continue at GGU and earn the Master of Science in Financial Planning with as few as three additional courses.

Graduate Certificate in Advanced Financial Planning

This innovative, research-based program is designed to equip financial planners with the tools necessary to become effective change agents for clients. Students survey the landscape and meet the innovators who are experts in the tools and perspectives of financial life planning.

Learn more about our program by completing the form on the right.

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