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Institute of Personal Financial Planning

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and CFP (with flame logo)®, which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements. Kansas State University does not certify individuals to use the CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP (with flame logo)® certification marks. CFP® Certification is granted only by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to those persons who, in addition to completing an educational requirement such as this CFP Board-Registered Program, have met its ethics, experience and examination requirements.

Institute of Personal Financial Planning

Graduate Programs
Program Coordinator
Institute of Personal Financial Planning
Kansas State University
307 Justin Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-1403

785-532-5505 fax

Master's in Personal Financial Planning

Higinbotham GateThe Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA) — a collaboration between eight universities, including Kansas State University — developed an entirely Internet-based personal financial planning master's program that enables you to pursue the degree at your convenience, without interrupting your personal or professional life. 

Kansas State University is proud to be one of the universities working together to offer this distance education master's degree. Each of the eight universities brings a unique strength to the master's program. At K-State, we have outstanding CFP® certificant faculty recognized in the financial planning field and an excellent reputation for scholarly achievement.

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K-State students have the option of beginning the master's degree with the graduate certificate program in personal financial planning. As a CFP Board-registered program, the graduate certificate qualifies you to sit for the CFP® certification examination. These six courses are also required for the master's degree. Upon successful completion of the certificate program, students will automatically make the transition into the Great Plains IDEA master's program for the remaining eight courses. Students who do not want to begin the master's degree with the graduate certificate program may choose to begin directly with the Great Plains IDEA program.

Through K-State and Great Plains IDEA, you can expand your personal financial planning knowledge, earn your master's degree, and develop competencies that may qualify you for professional certification by CFP Board, all while staying where you are.

Also see GPIDEA Student Success Center.

Participating Universities

  • Kansas State University
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Montana State University
  • University of Nebraska
  • North Dakota State University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • South Dakota State University