Curriculum & Courses
This curriculum and course listing is for students starting the program in fall 2020.
This program will follow a cohort module with students taking the same courses at the same time on a part-time basis. Students must complete the program in no more than four semesters.
This program does not qualify international students for a student visa.
- 30 Points for Degree Completion
- Online Self-Paced Instruction Only
- Part-Time [9 points per semester for three semesters. 3 points for Applied Research Project in the final semester]
- Fall Intake*
- 4 Consecutive Terms to Complete**
*Students who withdraw mid-semester will be required to wait until the next fall intake to continue the program.
**Up to 3 transfer credits may be accepted; requests for transfer credit are reviewed on a discretionary basis by the Program Director upon acceptance to the program.
Semester 1 (Fall 2020)
Semester 2 (Spring 2021)
Semester 3 (Summer 2021)
Semester 4 (Fall 2021)
All coursework in this program is required and will enable students to qualify to take the CFP exam* and be prepared to transition into a career as an advisor. Students should familiarize themselves with the Terms and Conditions of taking the exam and obtaining the certification at cfp.net
The Financial Foundation Courses are 14 weeks and will cover the analytical skills needed to be a financial advisor. These courses include the Foundations of Wealth Management, Financial Markets, and Portfolio Management.
The Principal Knowledge Courses are seven weeks and will cover various topics needed for advisors to provide a holistic offering to clients. These courses include Estate Planning and Retirement and Insurance.
In the fourth semester, students will conduct an Applied Research Project which includes two assigned mock portfolios designed to simulate an institutional client and a high-net-worth individual client. As part of their Applied Research Projects, students will create a business plan geared to prepare them to determine their target audience and business model. These projects will be reviewed by an Asset Management Firm.
*There is no citizenship requirement to sit for the CFP exam. Once certified, however, you may only use CFP certification marks in the United States. Students should familiarize themselves with the Terms and Conditions of taking the exam and obtaining the certification at cfp.net
The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.