25 Great Schools For Future Financial Planners

Profile:Cal Lutheran offers the country's largest MBA program (by enrollment) with a financial planning focus. This intensive boutique program tends to attract seasoned professional students. More than 80% enroll in the online option, and many already have CFP designations. "The MBA resonates well with a lot of our students' clients, especially those with closely held businesses," says Harry Starn, the program's associate director. Located down the street from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Cal Lutheran has gained praise from directors of other planning programs nationwide for its rigor and immersive teaching. The program graduated 34 students last year. "We do fill a niche," says the program manager, Cindy Grether, "but I think we are still kind of a big secret out there." Students can transfer credits for up to five courses taken at many University of California campuses, including Berkeley, Davis and Los Angeles.

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