<b>SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY</b>
CFP Board-registered programs (online and in person): B.S. in financial services with a certificate in personal financial planning; M.S. in financial and tax planning, executive financial planning advanced certificate (first half of a master's degree)
Enrollment: 140 in bachelor's, 14 in master's, 21 in executive
Faculty (full-time and adjunct): 15 for bachelor's and master's programs; 5 for executive
Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1
Tuition: For a Californian seeking a bachelor's degree, $3,383 per semester; nonresident bachelor's, $8,963 per semester. For a California resident master's, $3,952 to $7,567 per semester (depending on course load); nonresident master's, $6,184 to $12,031. For an executive certificate, $7,416 for complete program.
FPA student chapter: Yes
Overview: The oldest continuously operating planning program in the country, the university's program resides in the finance department of the business school. Graduate degrees require specialization in either wealth management or tax planning, in addition to regular planning courses. The programs were the country's first to be at a school certified by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and all courses are for credit. The school has been tracking the career paths of its alumni for eight years.
We want to get a better idea of what our alumni are doing and help create a better network for our students, says Tom Warschauer, who founded the program in 1980 and still runs it. The school is developing an employer network to see which companies are most supportive of new hires and have the highest retention rate. Warschauer says the program is putting a heavier focus on mentorships with alumni, rather than internships:
We want the students to understand the range of companies out there, and not just focus on one company.
<b>TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY</b>
CFP Board-registered programs (online and in person): 11 programs, ranging from undergraduate to Ph.D., including minors and dual graduate degrees in planning and business or law, and one certificate. This year the school added a dual M.S. degree in personal financial planning and accounting, an executive M.S. planning degree and an executive graduate certificate.
Enrollment: 103 planning undergraduate majors, 38 undergraduate minors (studies in personal finance), 62 PFP master's students (including dual degrees with law, MBAs, accounting and finance), and 38 Ph.D. students
Faculty: 13 full-time, 2 adjunct
Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:3
Tuition and required fees: Texas-resident undergraduates $3,760 per semester, out-of-state undergraduates $8,006; Texas-resident graduate students, $4,359 per semester; out-of-state graduate students, $8,606.
FPA student chapter: No, but an application is pending.
Overview: Texas Tech was the second university in the nation to give the planning program departmental status, and has seen tremendous growth, with 900 students now enrolled in 12 new courses. Four new courses are being offered in the Charitable Financial Planning Graduate Certificate, targeted toward financial planning and development professionals. About 40% of undergrad students and 55% of grad students who took the 2012 CFP Exam passed.
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CFP Board-registered programs: Certificate (in person)
Faculty: 15 adjuncts
Student-to-faculty ratio: 3:1
FPA student chapter: No
Overview: The CFP-registered certificate program includes 18 semester units taught in a highly interactive classroom setting. The introductory course also is offered online. Beginning this spring, the program also will launch several accelerated classroom courses, with the rest slated to follow in summer 2014, giving students the option to take many required courses in either accelerated or standard classroom modes - which the school says will let some students complete the program in just seven months. The program is overseen by an industry advisory board; courses are taught by working professionals. The program provides networking opportunities through awards, career and networking events arranged by the student advisory board.