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Master's Program Overview

Program Overview

The Master's degree in Personal Financial Planning is registered by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board). Courses include insurance and risk management, investments and wealth management, tax, retirement, and estate planning, and a financial planning capstone.  The MS in Personal Financial Planning does not require a Master's thesis.

Dual-Degree Programs

In addition to the MS in Personal Financial Planning, there are dual-degree programs with the School of Law and the Rawls College of Business.  These include MS PFP/JD, MS PFP/MS Accounting (taxation), and MS PFP/MBA.

Special Facilities 

Facilities include a first class computer facility for students and access to a wide variety of software used in the financial planning profession. Software provides for computer aided financial planning, investment and other product analysis, and client relationship management.

M.S. Admission Criteria

Admission to a graduate program in the Department of Personal Financial Planning is based on a review of information submitted. No single criterion is used. Credentials are evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • GPA from undergraduate degree program,
  • TOEFL scores (international students only),
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution,
  • Copies of official transcripts,
  • Three letters of recommendation,
  • An advanced placement exam (LSAT, GMAT or GRE) is required,

Applicant's career goals in relation to those of the departmental graduate programs as indicated by:

  • Applicant's career objectives,
  • Telephone and/or on-campus interview.

Unique contribution as evidenced in applicant's resume or vita:

  • Special accomplishments in industry or academic pursuits,
  • Leadership experience and potential,
  • Other unique life experiences relevant to the pursuit of a graduate degree.

To apply to graduate programs in Personal Financial Planning, please apply to The Graduate School and complete the forms listed under "Master's Application Forms". For more details on how to apply for admission and scholarship opportunities, see the "Graduate Application Process".  Please also fill out the form located at "Information for Prospective Students".

TA Opportunity

Periodically Master's students have opportunities in working as (1) teaching assistants for PFP undergraduate classes or (2) research assistants for faculty research projects.

Current Master's Students Master's Application Forms

Program Overview

Become a Financial Planner through Graduate Studies at TTU

Graduate Student Evaluations

Travel Application Form

Application to Enroll in Master's Finance Courses

Graduate Application Process


Recommendation Form

Assistantship Application

Request Information

MS Program More Information

Information for Prospective & New Students

Cost of Graduate Education

Course Descriptions

Advising Guidelines

PFP 5322 Leveling & Challenge Information

Degree Worksheets

View Photos of PFP Activities!

For further information concerning the Master's Program, contact:

Department of Personal Financial Planning
Box 41210, 79409-1210
College of Human Sciences
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409-1210
Phone: (806)834-6405
Fax: (806)742-5033

Admissions: Cynthia Cantu

Advising: Cynthia Cantu

Director of MS Programs: Dr. John Gilliam