As useful as our look at 25 great financial planning schools is for the people we hope will be reading Financial Planning in the years to come, it's also invaluable as a roadmap for planners already in the business. Our list of some of the leading schools with degree and/or certificate programs gives you a glimpse of where to recruit as your practice grows, or where those who may be competing with you one day for clients are deepening their knowledge of personal finance and beginning to form professional networks.

Our cover story also illustrates the build-out of the planning profession. We counted 336 CFP Board-registered certificate, undergraduate and graduate degree programs, plus 40 more programs still in development. In addition, many schools are bolstering their current lineup, both on campus and online, trying to lure both college-age financial planning students as well as career changers. As the pace of growth in advisory academics accelerates, the dreams of a few visionary planners decades ago may be realized: to see the field of financial planning grow to the point where it is fully backed by an academic field.

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