Help Companies and Individuals Manage Their Finances by Earning an Online Master’s in Financial Planning Degree
Do you love working with people and numbers? Are you seeking a career in the finance industry? Do you want to help others manage their money wisely and prepare for a bright future? If so, a career in financial planning may be right for you! Liberty’s online Master of Science in Finance – Financial Planning can help equip you to lead others toward financial freedom and security.
In this program, you’ll dive into advanced methods for helping individuals and businesses achieve long-term financial success. Maybe you want to advance in your current field, or perhaps you’re looking to launch a new career altogether. Either way, Liberty can help provide the tools you need to lead as a Champion for Christ in the workplace. Through our master’s degree in financial planning, you can gain real-world skills and valuable credentials that can help boost your résumé as you pursue exciting job opportunities.
Partner with us and prepare to take your financial planning career to the next level.
Why pursue a master’s degree in finance?
Our M.S. in Finance – Financial Planning can help you pursue lucrative job opportunities as a financial planner or advisor. By completing your master’s, you can potentially earn a higher salary, demonstrate your expertise to employers, stand out from candidates who only have a bachelor’s degree, or become qualified for top-level roles in the industry.
Additionally, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average salary for personal financial advisors is $87,850 per year. This sector is projected to grow 4% from 2019 to 2029. The BLS also notes that earning a master’s degree may improve your chances for advancement in the field.* The job outlook for personal financial advisors is bright — and we can help you succeed in this competitive industry.
How long does a master’s in finance take to complete?
At Liberty, you can complete your M.S. in Finance in as little as 1 year. We offer a fast, flexible path to graduation that lets you earn your degree without sacrificing your personal and professional life.
What’s the difference between an MBA and a master’s in finance?
When choosing between an M.S. and an MBA in Financial Planning, you’ll want to consider your interests and career goals. MBA programs explore a wide variety of business topics while an M.S. in Finance can help equip you specifically for careers in the finance industry. In other words, an MBA is a broad business degree while a master’s in finance offers specialized financial training.
If you want to gain financial skills as well as advanced business knowledge, you may want to consider our Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance.
Liberty University’s M.S. in Finance – Financial Planning has been approved by the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Board of Standards, Inc. This means your degree is reputable and can provide the required knowledge and training you’ll need to pursue your Certified Financial Planner certification.
See our financial planning certifications section below for more information!
Why Choose Liberty University’s Master’s in Financial Planning Online Program?
As pioneers in distance learning since 1985, our mission is to equip graduate students like you with the knowledge, values, and skills essential to impact the world. At Liberty, you’ll receive affordable tuition rates, high-quality academics, and flexible courses taught by professors with years of experience in business and finance. Our faculty are ready and eager to share their expertise with you as you take this important next step in your academic journey.
This master’s program is offered 100% online, and the classes have no set login times. That means you can complete your degree whenever and wherever it’s most convenient for you — even from the comfort of your home! Most importantly, you can stay invested in your family, job, and community while still achieving your education goals.
Liberty University is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), so you can be confident that your degree has met rigorous academic standards and accreditation requirements.
As with all of Liberty’s degrees, the courses in our M.S. in Financial Planning program are taught through the lens of a biblical worldview. You’ll study how to integrate ethical standards with industry best practices so you can lead in the finance sector with skill and integrity.
Whether you’re currently working as a financial planner or looking to break into the financial advising field, this degree can help you pursue a rewarding career.
This program can help you meet the educational requirements needed to sit for the Certified Kingdom Advisor (CKA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certification exams. Take a look below to see what each certification can do for you.
Certified Kingdom Advisor (CKA)
Do you want to work in Christian financial planning and help clients handle their financial affairs according to biblical principles? If so, you may want to pursue a CKA certification. As a Christian organization, Liberty offers relevant financial training that can prepare you to sit for the CKA exam upon graduation. A CKA certification can show your future employers and clients that you are serving them from an ethical perspective.
Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
Earning the highly-respected CFP certification can help set you apart from other financial professionals and give your clients confidence in your skills. You can only take the CFP exam after completing certain academic prerequisites, which can be met through our online master’s in financial planning. With Liberty’s competitive tuition rates, our program can help keep your CFP certification costs down.
What Will You Learn in Liberty’s Financial Planning Online Courses?
This degree contains a mix of core finance courses and a financial planning specialization. That way, you can build on your previous financial training and develop a diverse, marketable skill set.
In the foundational classes, you’ll take an in-depth look at business valuation and financial analysis. You will also learn how to navigate mergers, acquisitions, and investments, as well as handle insurance and risk management. With this knowledge, you can pursue roles as a personal financial planner or as a corporate finance manager.
The financial planning specialization explores how to help people save money, protect their wealth, and develop short- and long-term financial strategies. You’ll receive training in a variety of financial planning practices, including estate and gift taxation, personal investment management, and retirement planning.
For many people, money is often a source of anxiety. By earning your degree in financial planning, you can help your clients overcome this stress and guide them toward a financially stable future.
- ACCT 614 – Estate, Trust, and Gift Taxation
- BUSI 532 – Advanced Financial Statement Analysis
- BUSI 538 – Investments and Derivatives
- BUSI 686 – Financial Planning
Highlights of Our Online Master’s in Financial Planning Program
- We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank among Niche.com’s top 3 online schools in America. Earning your online degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
- Your success is our success, which is why we’re committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 7 years — and counting.
- Our online classes are only 8 weeks long with 8 different start dates offered each year and no set login times.
- This financial planning degree online can be completed in as little as 1 year!
- Liberty University is regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
- You can access a wealth of resources through our top-notch research portal while completing your master’s in financial advising.
Master of Science in Financial Planning Degree Information
- This program falls under Liberty’s School of Business.
- Download and review the Degree Completion Plan.
- View the Graduate Business Course Guides (login required).
Military Benefits for Liberty’s Financial Planning Master’s Degree
Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.
As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:
- Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
- Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)
- 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)
What Can You Do with a Degree in Financial Planning?
Some of the roles you may qualify for after earning this degree include:
- Estate planning specialist
- Financial analyst
- Financial planner
- Private/corporate investment researcher
- Wealth advisor
Admission Requirements for Liberty’s Financial Planning Graduate Program
A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.
All applicants must submit the following:
- Admission application
- Application fee*
- Official college transcripts
- Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
- Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)
*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses — documentation verifying military status is required.
**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Personal Financial Advisors (viewed online September 14, 2020). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.