Earn your Ph.D. in Personal Financial Planning from a national leader in financial
The Wall Street website MarketWatch calls Texas Tech University “the headquarters”
of personal financial planning education, and for good reason. As the first U.S. university
to offer a Ph.D. in Personal Financial Planning, we have a proven record of leadership
in financial planning scholarship.
Our doctoral program in personal financial planning provides you with excellent opportunities
to stand out. In the last few years, Texas Tech Ph.D. candidates have won national
research honors from the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education
and Academy of Financial Services and one Ph.D. student made Investment News’ prestigious
“40 Under 40” list of rising stars in financial planning.
Establish Your Career Excellence in Our Financial Planning Ph.D. Program
Texas Tech’s personal financial planning Ph.D. program enjoys a national reputation
for excellence, so your work will draw serious attention from journal editors, conference
programmers, and industry professionals.
Our financial planning doctoral program stands out for its:
World-class faculty. You will work with leading authorities in personal financial planning. Texas Tech
has the nation’s largest personal financial planning faculty, with experts in a broad range of specialties.
Outstanding career outcomes. Graduates from our personal financial planning program have earned tenure-track faculty
placements throughout the U.S., including numerous departmental leadership positions.
In addition, many graduates have used the Ph.D. as a springboard to non-academic careers
in financial planning or entrepreneurship.
Rigorous theoretical foundation. You will examine the most current research in personal financial planning, including
specialized aspects such as retirement planning, financial counseling, risk management,
and tax planning.
Practical training in research and teaching. Our Ph.D. students get practical, hands-on and mentorship in teaching and research.
This guidance will strengthen your resume and make you the ideal candidate for faculty
positions or industry careers.
Careers in Personal Financial Planning
Graduates from our Personal Financial Planning Ph.D. degree program have a job placement
rate of virtually 100 percent.
More than 30 alumni of our department currently hold personal financial planning faculty
positions at universities throughout the United States. If you choose a non-academic
career path, you will have excellent preparation for high-level employment at a wide
range of financial institutions, including:
Financial services firms
Mutual fund companies
Personal Financial Planning professional certification
Some students in our personal financial planning Ph.D. degree program have already
passed the CFP® Certification Examination. If you have not already done so, our Ph.D.
degree in personal financial planning will qualify you to take the exam.
For more information about the Ph.D. in Personal Financial Planning