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Personal Financial Planning

Department Overview


The Personal Financial Planning major evolved from the Family Finance major and has been in place at Texas Tech for over twenty years. Established by leaders with a vision of the need to focus financial knowledge on families and the achievement of their goals, the Personal Financial Planning major has become a highly marketable program that has met the standards for registration established by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc (CFP Board).

The Division of PFP


The academic structure of the program is organized around seven basic subject matter areas plus supporting courses in economics, communications, social sciences and a graded internship. The seven areas are financial planning fundamentals, risk management, investments, tax planning, retirement planning, employee benefits, and estate planning. The program prepares students to enter financial services careers stressing leadership, ethical behavior, and professionalism.


Enrollment growth at the BS, MS, and PhD levels has been rapid. These programs are based on high quality students and high quality courses. Development of distance learning capabilities will allow TTU to meet future demands for academic degrees as well as continuing education for financial planning professionals.


There are over 200 colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and 15 in Texas with programs registered by CFP Board. Students graduating from a CFP Board-Registered Program are eligible to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination, one of four requirements to become a CFP certificant.