Online Masters in Financial Planning

Focused on the "art and science" of financial planning, this CFP Board-registered program allows you to customize your courses and earn an accredited degree that positions you for success in your chosen career path. 

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Financial Planning Online Information Session
Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2024 at 1:30 - 2:30 pm

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Quick Facts

Program Units
36 (12 courses)
Average Duration
12-24 months
Fully online with a full-time or part-time course load 
Course Availability
Year-round in five 8-week terms
  • Online
Program Costs


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School of Management Open House

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

We’re hosting an Open House reception to give you an opportunity to learn more about what Cal Lutheran's School of Management has to offer. You'll meet faculty and staff, current students, and alumni who can tell you first-hand about the value of our programs. We offer graduate degrees in a variety of professional fields that will prepare you for the next step in your career journey. Whatever your program of interest we’d love to meet! 

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Choose Your Track

Track 1

MS Degree + Eligibility for the CFP® Exam

Offers an MS in Financial Planning and preparation for your CFP® certificate. Recruiters and prospective employers recognize CFP® certification as the most desired designation in this growing field.

Track 2

MS Degree with advanced courses

Already have your CFP®? Track 2 replaces foundation-level financial planning courses with both advanced-level courses and interdisciplinary studies.


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Our Reputation

  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • Ranked by US News and World Report among the top 20 schools in the Western United States.
  • USDLA-award-winning online classes
  • Listed as one of the Top Schools in November issue of Financial Planning Magazine

More program highlights

Online Courses

Online courses are offered year-round in five, 8-week terms. The accelerated format of the program allows a student to complete the program in less than two years, if desired.

Students and faculty meet in live virtual learning environments designed for collaboration with audio, video, application sharing, and group break-out rooms.

Classes are capped at 20 students.

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Transfer Your Credit

Students may petition to transfer up to six semester credits of graduate coursework taken at other regionally accredited colleges or universities to the financial planning program at California Lutheran University.

Students may also be eligible to transfer up to nine credits for previously earned master's degrees.

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The CFP® Board is a nonprofit professional regulatory organization that requires education, ethics requirements, examination, and experience for CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® certificants. Along with completing the financial planning coursework and passing the CFP® Certification Examination, the CFP® Board also requires successful CFP® certificants to have financial planning-related work experience and adhere to their Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility.

The M.S. in Financial Planning is registered by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board) in Washington DC. Candidates who plan to sit for the CFP Certification Examination must successfully complete a CFP Board-Registered Program.

The M.S. in Financial Planning is registered by the AFCPE® Registered Education Program in Westerville, OH. Candidates who plan to sit for the AFC® Certification Examination must successfully complete a AFCPE® Registered Education Program.