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Doctor of Philosophy in Personal Financial Planning


Program Description

Students majoring in Personal Financial Planning receive comprehensive instruction in the theoretical foundations of financial planning including investments, retirement planning, financial counseling practices, risk management and tax planning. The doctoral program at Texas Tech provides a rigorous foundation in theory and research methods in individual financial decision making to prepare students to teach and conduct research in financial planning at an academic institution. The Texas Tech PhD program is the first and only PhD in Personal Financial Planning. Students who complete the PhD will be eligible to sit for the CFP Certification Examination.

Program Additional Details

Hours Required for Thesis: 82
Mode-On Campus(Face-to-Face): Yes
Mode-Off Campus(Online): No
Mode-Hybrid: No

Additional Links

PhD Program Overview : http://www.depts.ttu.edu/pfp/phd/
PhD Degree Plan : http://www.depts.ttu.edu/pfp/phd/forms/Program_for_Doctoral_Degree.pdf
PFP PhD Application Process : http://www.depts.ttu.edu/pfp/graduate/PFP_Graduate_Application_Process.pdf
PFP PhD Application : http://www.depts.ttu.edu/pfp/documents/masterinformationrv/PFP_PhD_App.pdf

Program Contact Information

Graduate Coordinator: Michael Finke
E-mail: michael.finke@ttu.edu
Phone: 806-834-5081

Department Contact Information

Department AddressDepartment of Personal Financial Planning
Texas Tech University COHS
1301 Akron Avenue
P.O. Box 41210
Lubbock
TX 79409-1210
Phone Number 806-834-8864
Fax Number 806-742-5033
Department Website http://www.depts.ttu.edu/pfp/

Graduate Catalog http://www.depts.ttu.edu/pfp/phd/



Admission Requirements Admission Deadlines How To Apply Test Score Requirements Additional Requirements for International Students


Admission Requirements


Graduate School Requirements

Program Requirements

Letters of Recommendation required: 3

Recommendation Letter Instructions: Preferably from both academics and industry if applicant has industry experience

Resume Required: Yes

Writing Samples Required: Yes

Writing Sample Instructions: PhD applicants must attach a written statement including topics such as your personal information, career objectives, areas of research interest, teaching interests, and teaching philosophy.

Departmental Application Required: Yes

Departmental Application Instructions: Please complete PFP Graduate Degree Application found at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/pfp/documents/masterinformationrv/PFP_PhD_App.pdf

Prior Degree Required: No

Similar Undergraduate Major Required: No

Previous Work Sample Required: No

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Admission Deadlines


The Office of Graduate and International Admissions does not have a specific deadline for domestic applications; we strongly recommend that you have all of the required application materials in by the date listed below.


US Fall Deadlines US Spring Deadlines US Sum I Deadlines US Sum II Deadlines
March 15October 15March 15March 15

We will do our best to process applications and materials from international students that are received after the deadline, however we cannot guarantee that your application evaluation will be complete in enough time for a decision to be made by your prospective academic department.


International Fall Deadlines International Spring Deadlines International Sum I Deadlines International Sum II Deadlines
March 15October 15March 15March 15

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How To Apply


1) Apply to Graduate School : Fill out the online application at Apply Texas.

2) Pay your application fee: $60 initial application fee, $50 for each subsequent application (including changes of entry date, add/change program, or readmission). Application fees may be paid via ApplyTexas at the time of application submission or by credit card on our website.

3) Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator in your prospective department. Many departments have separate application requirements and deadlines, and the Graduate Program Coordinator will be able to assist you in your application process.

4) Send application requirements, from all of the colleges and universities that you have attended to Texas Tech University Graduate School.

Postal Mailing Address
Texas Tech University
Office of Graduate and International Admissions
Box 41030
Lubbock, TX 79409-1030
Physical Mailing Address (Express Mail)
Texas Tech University
Office of Graduate and International Admissions
Boston Ave. at Akron Ave.
Administration 328
Lubbock, TX 79409-1030

Contact Information for Graduate School

If you have any questions about your application, call (806) 742-2781 or email: graduate.admissions@ttu.edu.
To check your application status, please check Raiderlink.

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Test Score Requirements


If both GRE and GMAT are listed as required, either are acceptable.


GRE GMAT
Yes Yes

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Additional Requirements for International Students


These are the minimal English language proficiency scores. For a list of English proficiency exempt countries, please visit: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/admissions/international/exempt-countries.php.


TOEFL INTERNET TOEFL PAPER-BASED IELTS ELS CAE CPE
795506.5112BC

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