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1000 Level Course

1115. Introduction to Personal Financial Planning (1). Prerequisite: PFP major. An introductory course to the PFP major. Topics include advising, study techniques, involvement in the program and profession, academic integrity, professionalism, student motivation, and networking. F, S.

2000 Level Courses

2315. Personal Financial Planning for Professionals (3). Prerequisites: PFP 3301 with a grade of C or higher, PFP majors and minors only. Prerequisites or corequisites: PFP 1115, any 1000- or 2000-level MATH course, ACCT 2300, and ECO 2301 or 2302 with a grade of C or higher. Introduction to personal financial planning, including goal setting, cash management, credit, housing, education planning, and selected professional issues. F , S.

2330. Financial Problem Solving (3). Prerequisite or corequisite: PFP 2315. Methods and skills to assist individuals and families in resolving financial problems. Addresses personal and professional attitudes and behaviors toward money.

2333. Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Personal Financial Planning (3). Prerequisite or corequisite: PFP 2315 and 3301, PFP majors and minors only. Application of law, ethics, and regulatory policies to personal financial planning. S.

3000 Level Courses

3198. Professional Development in Personal Financial Planning I (1). Prerequisite or corequisite: C or better in PFP 2315. Topics on professional development in preparation for professional residency. Enrollment precedes PFP 3298 and 3399. (Writing Intensive)

3210. Professional Field Experience (2). Prerequisites: 2.8 GPA, PFP 2315; PFP majors/minors only. Supervised attendance and participation in professional conferences, tours of professional practices, and seminars focusing on professional issues. May be repeated for up to 4 hours of credit. This is a pass/fail course. F, S.

3298. Professional Development in Personal Financial Planning II (2). Prerequisite: PFP 3198 and prerequisite or corequisite of PFP 2315 with a grade of C or better in each. Preparation for internship experience. Advanced topics in business models, back office, and staffing. Includes 30 hours of volunteer work with VITA to give students client experience before professional residency. Enrollment precedes PFP 3399.(Writing Intensive) S.

3301. Introduction to Personal Finance (3). Introduction to personal finance, including goal setting, cash management, credit, insurance, taxes, housing, investment alternatives, and retirement plans. Distance and on campus. F, S, SS.

3321. Personal Finance: Financial Counseling and Consumer Credit (3). Introduces the financial counseling process and examines types of consumer credit. Distance. F, S, SS. (Writing Intensive)

3330. Communication and Counseling Skills for Financial Planners  (3). Prerequisites: C or higher in PFP 2330 or 3321, 2.8 GPA, PFP majors or minors only. Counseling techniques and interviewing strategies for use in financial counseling and planning settings. Emphasizes the importance of communication processes in helping individuals and families. F. (Writing Intensive)

3350. Individual Tax Planning Topics (3).Prerequisites: 2.8 GPA, PFP 2315 and 3378, ACCT 3307, with a grade of C or better. For majors or minors only. Study of the impact of federal and state taxation on personal financial planning decisions. S.

3374. Retirement Planning (3). Prerequisites: 2.8 GPA, PFP 2315, ACCT 3307, and ENGL 2311 with a grade of C or higher. Prerequisite or corequisite: PFP 3376. A foundation course in retirement planning. Topics include corporate and individual retirement plans, planning strategies to meet client goals, and retirement income management. S.

3376. Fundamentals of Asset Management (3). Prerequisites: 2.8 GPA, MATH 2345 with a grade of C or better; PFP major, minor or consent of instructor. Focuses on the theory and practice of investment analysis with a special emphasis on the basic tools, techniques, and methodologies employed by financial planners. F.

3378. Estate Planning (3). Prerequisites: 2.8 GPA; PFP 2315. Prerequisite or corequisite: ACCT 3307. Application of estate planning methodologies and policies to personal financial planning. F.

3386. Wealth Management (3). Prerequisites: 2.8 GPA; PFP 3376 and ACCT 3307 with a grade of C or better. Theory and practice of wealth management, including modern portfolio design and implementation, evaluation and use of risk tolerance, tax management, behavioral finance, product evaluation and selection, and regulatory issues. S.

3398. Professional Development in Personal Financial Planning (3). Prerequisites or corequisites: PFP 3374, 3376, 3378, and 3497 with a grade of C or higher; 2.8 GPA. Prerequisite or corequisite: PFP 2330. Preparation for internship experience. Business models, back office and staffing. Includes 30 hours of volunteer service work with VITA to give students client experience before internships. S.

3399. Professional Residency in Personal Financial Planning (3). Prerequisites: C or higher in PFP 3198 and 3298 (or 3398 in lieu of both), 3374, 3376, 3378, and 3497; 2.8 GPA. Supervised residency experiences in established career-related positions in the financial planning field. SS.

3497. Risk Management and Insurance Planning (4). Prerequisites: 2.8 GPA, PFP 2315, ENGL 2311 with a grade of C or better. Explores the application of risk management and insurance planning for individuals in the personal financial planning environment.Back to Top

 

4000 Level Courses

4000. Individual Study (V1-6). Prerequisites: 2.8 GPA and consent of instructor. Individual study or research under the guidance of a family financial planning faculty member to enhance the degree program. May be repeated for up to 6 hours credit. F, S.

4175. Special Topics in Personal Financial Planning (1). Prerequisites: PFP major or minor; 2.8 GPA. Study of special topics in personal financial planning. May be repeated for up to 6 hours when topics vary. This is a pass/fail course. F , S.

4325. Introduction to Charitable Giving (3). Prerequisite: PFP 3378 with a grade of C or better and a 2.8 GPA. Introduces students to the techniques and tax laws of charitable planning. F.

4367. Marketing, Sales, and Social Media in Personal Financial Planning (3). Prerequisites: PFP 2315, 3374, 3376, and 3298 or 3398. Provides a global introduction to the sales and marketing techniques available to advisors, including compliance guidelines, restrictions, and planning implementation products. Students will create marketing materials and a marketing plan using social media tools. F.

4370. Personal Financial Planning Capstone (3). Prerequisites: 2.8 GPA; PFP 3374, 3376, 3378, 3386, 3298 or 3398, 3399, 3497 with a grade of C or higher. Prerequisites or corequisites: PFP 3330 and 4380 with a grade of C or higher. Integrates the financial planning content areas into the development of comprehensive financial plans. Coursework includes case studies and work with clients. F , S.

4377. Practicum in Personal Financial Planning (3). Prerequisites: 2.8 GPA; consent of instructor. Supervised experience designed to prepare the student for a career in financial planning/counseling. F, S.

4380. Professional Technology in Personal Financial Planning (3). Prerequisites: 2.8 GPA; ACCT 3307, PFP 3374, 3376, 3378, 3386, and 3497, all with a grade of C or higher. Advance coursework in professional software packages for financial planning and investment portfolio applications. F , S.Back to Top

 

5000 Level Courses

5000. Individual Study in Personal Financial Planning (V1-6). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Individual study or research under the guidance of a personal financial planning faculty member to enhance the degree program. May be repeated for up to 6 hours credit. F, S.

5115. Seminar in Personal Financial Planning (1). Prerequisite: PFP major. An introductory course to the graduate PFP major. Topics will include advising, involvement in the program and profession, academic integrity, professionalism, student motivation, and networking. F, S.

5175. Special Topics in Personal Financial Planning (1). Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA, PFP major, dual degree, or consent of instructor. Study of special topics in personal financial planning. May be repeated for up to 6 hours when topics vary. This is a pass/fail course. F, S.

5189. Professional Development in Personal Financial Planning I (1). Prerequisite or corequisite: C or higher in PFP 5371. Topics on professional development in preparation for PFP 5399. Enrollment precedes PFP 5289 and 5399.

5210. Professional Field Experience (2). Prerequisite: 6 hours of PFP courses with a grade of C or higher; PFP major, dual degree, or consent of instructor. Supervised attendance and participation in professional conferences, tours of professional practices, and seminars focusing on professional issues. May be repeated for up to 4 hours credit. This is a pass/fail course. F, S.

5289. Professional Development in Personal Financial Planning II (2). Prerequisite or corequisite: C or higher in PFP 5371 and 5189. Preparation for internship experience. Advanced topics in business models, back office staffing. Includes 30 hours of volunteer work with VITA to give students client experience before internships. Enrollment precedes 5399.

5311. Independent Study in Personal Financial Planning (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Individual study or research under the guidance of a personal financial planning faculty member to enhance the degree program. May be repeated for credit.

5320. Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Personal Financial Planning (3). Prerequisite or corequisite: PFP 5371, PFP major, dual degree student, or consent of instructor. Application of law, ethics, and regulatory policies to personal financial planning. S.

5325. Introduction to Charitable Giving (3). Introduces students to the techniques of charitable planning as viewed from the perspective of donors, financial planners, and fundraising professionals. F.

5326. Advanced Charitable Planning (3). Review of sophisticated charitable planning techniques with a special emphasis on creative uses of private foundations, donor advised funds, charitable remainder trusts, and advanced charitable estate planning techniques. S.

5327. Charitable Giving: Research, Theory and Marketing (3). Review of research findings and theoretical models of charitable giving from the academic literature. Focuses on determinants and motivations in charitable giving with an emphasis on applying these findings in a professional context for financial advisors and fundraising professionals. F.

5341. Economic Principles of Financial Decision Making (3). Covers the key microeconomic and macroeconomic principles related to financial decision making.

5350. Individual Tax Planning Topics (3). Prerequisites: PFP 5371 and ACCT 5311 with a grade of C or higher. Studies legal research skills and the impact of federal and state tax regulations on personal financial planning decisions. S, SS.

5360. Economics of Retirement (3). Analysis of individuals’ retirement decisions from an economic perspective. Labor supply theory will be heavily utilized. Taxes, social security, and other government policies and programs will be discussed as they relate to individuals’ decision making.

5362. Fundamentals of Asset Management (3). Prerequisite: PFP major, dual degree, or consent of instructor. Investment management concepts in a personal financial planning context; client goals, expectations, and risk tolerance; capital markets; investment alternatives; security valuation; risk assessment; and portfolio management concepts. F, SS.

5365. Financial Life Planning (3). Examines the topics of financial planning around the unique life transitions, goals and fiscal philosophy within individual client settings.

5367. Marketing, Sales, and Social Media in Personal Financial Planning (3). Prerequisite: PFP 5371. Provides a global introduction to sales and marketing techniques available to advisors, including compliance guidelines, restrictions, and planning implementation products. Students will create a marketing plan using real industry data.

5371. Fundamentals of Personal Financial Planning (3). Prerequisites or corequisites: PFP 5115 and 5322, PFP major, dual degree student, or consent of instructor. Focus on the financial planning process and the profession, including the study of cash management, time value of money, education funding, and other planning areas. F , S, SS.

5372. Wealth Management (3). Prerequisite: PFP 5362 or FIN 5325 and ACCT 5311 or LAW 6434 with a grade of C- or higher. Theory and practice of wealth management to include concepts of modern portfolio design and implementation, tax management, behavioral finance, product evaluation and selection, and regulatory issues. F, S.

5373. Personal Financial Planning Capstone (3). Prerequisites: PFP 5362 or FIN 5325, and PFP 5371, all with a grade of C or higher. Prerequisites or corequisites: PFP 5372, 5380, 5394, 5497, 5398 or LAW 6227; ACCT 5311 or LAW 6434; all with a grade of C or higher. Techniques and methods for utilizing financial planning practice standards in the development of comprehensive financial plans for clients.
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5377. Client Communication and Counseling (3). Prerequisite: PFP majors only, dual degree students, or consent of instructor. Students will explore and apply theory, counseling fundamentals, and communication techniques for effective interactive client communication in financial planning and counseling. Addresses personal relationships with money, including emotions, beliefs, and behaviors. S, SS..

5379. Practice Management in Personal Financial Planning (3). Prerequisite: PFP 5371. Provides a global introduction to the process of creating, developing, and managing a successful financial planning practice. Students will create a business and marketing plan, using real industry data and techniques as a case study for profitable practices.

5380. Professional Technology in Personal Financial Planning (3). Prerequisite or corequisite: PFP 5372, 5394, 5497, 5398 or LAW 6227; ACCT 5311 or LAW 6434, all with a grade of C or better, PFP major, dual degree student, or consent of instructor. Advanced studies in professional software packages for financial planning and investment portfolio applications. F, S.

5385. Behavioral Finance from a Personal Financial Planning Perspective (3). Introduces concepts in behavioral finance that relate to an individual’s decision making within the area of personal financial planning. S.

5389. Professional Development in Personal Financial Planning (3). Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in PFP 5371 with a grade of C or higher. Preparation for internship experience. Advanced topics in business models, back office and staffing. Includes 30 hours of volunteer work with VITA to give students client experience before internships. Enrollment precedes PFP 5399. S.

5390. Practicum in Personal Financial Planning (3). Prerequisites: GPA of 3.0 and consent of instructor. Supervised experience designed to prepare the student for a career in financial planning/counseling. May be repeated for up to 6 hours credit. F, S.

5394. Retirement Planning (3). Prerequisites: PFP 5371 and ACCT 5311 with a grade of C or higher; Prerequisite or corequisite: PFP 5362 with a grade of C or higher. PFP major only, dual degree student, or consent of instructor. Advanced studies in retirement planning covering retirement plans in the corporate setting, personal retirement planning, and retirement income strategies. F, SS.

5398. Estate Planning (3). Prerequisites: PFP 5371 and ACCT 5311 with a grade of C or higher; PFP major, dual degree student, or consent of instructor. Application of estate planning methodologies and policies to personal financial planning. F, SS.

5399. Professional Residency in Personal Financial Planning (3). Prerequisite: C or higher in PFP 5189 and 5289. Supervised residency experiences in established career-related positions in the financial planning field. SS.

5497. Risk Management and Insurance Planning (4). Prerequisite or corequisite: PFP 5371. Explores risk management theory, personal risk analysis, and financial loss prevention with private insurance. F, S.Back to Top

 

6000 Level Courses

6000. Master’s Thesis (V1-6).

6101. Academic Leadership in Personal Financial Planning (1). Seminar focusing on leadership in the academic setting, including teaching, research, and service.

6301. Academic Leadership in Personal Financial Planning (3). Prerequisite: Ph.D. student in PFP program or consent of instructor. Addresses a wide selection of topics and issues related to teaching, research, and service/outreach.

6305. Introduction to Ph.D. Studies in Personal Financial Planning (3). Prerequisite: PFP major. Provides an introduction to doctoral study in personal financial planning. Includes an explanation of the unique program of study in PFP, culture, expectations, professional development, and the research process. F.

6330. Seminar in Research and Philanthropic Fund Development (3). Prerequisite: PFP 6377. Exploration of processes for preparing research ideas for presentation to individuals, groups, and/or organizations. Study of research proposal characteristics, how proposals are reviewed, strategies for success, and public versus private funding sources.

6340. Development and Pedagogy of Distance Education Courses (3). Prerequisite: Ph.D. student in PFP program or consent of instructor. Focuses on the development and pedagogy of classes specifically designed to enhance personal financial literacy and personal financial planning primarily within an online environment.

6374. Household Economic Theory (3). Prerequisites: Doctoral standing in the PFP division and ECO 5310. Personal financial planning doctoral students are required to have an understanding of the household from an economic perspective. Consumption, saving, and investment behavior are the topics of focus.

6377. Research Methods I (3). Prerequisites: PFP 6305 and 6374. Introduces doctoral students to the scientific research process. Various elements of the research process will be identified and analyzed and students will have an opportunity to work with data and statistical software to engage in the research process.

6378. Research Methods II (3). Prerequisite: PFP 6377. A continuation of Research Methods I. Students will be expected to formulate and conduct scientific research as well as prepare a manuscript to communicate the results of their research study.

6381. Research Seminar in Asset Management (3). Prerequisite: PFP 6374. Introduces the theory of investment, literature and theory describing the unique process of household investment decision-making, quantitative investment analysis and the instruments used to construct an efficient household portfolio.

6383. Seminar in Regulatory Policy (3). Review of theory and academic literature related to the regulation of professional financial advice and analysis of the current regulatory structure governing financial planning services.

6395. Financial Planning Program Development Seminar (3). Seminar focusing on the development and management of high-quality, university-level programs in personal financial planning.

6397. Research Seminar in Personal Financial Planning (3). Doctoral seminar on theories and empirical evidence in personal financial planning and its areas of specialization. May be repeated for credit for up to 6 hours when topics vary.

6399. Residency in Financial Planning Research and Education (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Supervised residency teaching and conducting research in personal financial planning at cooperating universities. May be repeated for credit up to 6 hours.

7000 Level Course

7000. Research (V1-12).

8000 Level Course

8000. Doctor's Dissertation (V1-12).Back to Top