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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

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Would I be a good distance student?


Course materials, tests and case studies are all completed through the K-State Online course management system. Some courses have supplemental materials on videos or CDs, and others may require phone conferencing. Students interact with faculty and one another through email, phone conferencing and the Internet classroom, but complete courses in their free time.

See the system requirements for K-State Online.

There is no way to differentiate a degree obtained via distance learning from an on-campus degree.

Read tips on how to succeed in an online course.

Question: Who are the participating universities?


  • Kansas State University

    M.S. in Family Studies and Human Services; Emphasis in Personal Financial Planning

    Contact Person: Kim Misenhelter
    Kansas State University
    Family Studies & Human Services
    312 Justin Hall
    Manhattan KS 66506-1403
    Phone: 785-532-1480
    Fax: 785-532-5505
    Email: ipfp@k-state.edu

  • Iowa State University

    Master in Family and Consumer Sciences; Specialization in Family Financial Planning

    Contact Person: Sarah Carlson
    Iowa State University
    College of Family and Consumer Sciences
    126 McKay Hall
    Ames IA 50011-1120
    Phone: 515-294-8843
    Fax: 515-294-9449
    Email: scarlson@iastate.edu

  • University of Missouri-Columbia

    M.S. in Personal Financial Planning and Certificate in Personal Financial Planning

    Contact Person: Deanna Sharpe
    University of Missouri-Columbia
    Personal Financial Planning
    239 E Stanley Hall
    Columbia, MO 65211
    Phone: 573-882-9652
    Email: sharped@missouri.edu

  • Montana State University

    M.S. in Health and Human Development, Option in Family and Consumer Sciences, Emphasis in Family Financial Planning

    Contact Person: Dr. Deborah C. Haynes
    Montana State University
    Dept of Health & Human Development
    220 Merrick Hall
    Bozeman MT 59717-3540
    Phone: 406-994-5013
    Fax: 406-994-2013
    Email: dhaynes@montana.edu

  • North Dakota State University

    Contact Person: Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald
    North Dakota State University
    Dept of Child Development and Family Science
    283 EML
    Fargo ND 58105
    Phone: 701-231-8280
    Email: margaret_fitzgerald@ndsu.nodak.edu

  • University of Nebraska

    M.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences: Specialization in Family Financial Planning

    Contact Person: Dr. Sheran Cramer
    University of Nebraska
    Dept of Family & Consumer Sciences
    123 Home Economics Building
    Lincoln NE 68583-0801
    Phone: 402-472-2913
    Fax: 402-472-9170
    Email: scramer@mail.unomaha.edu

  • Oklahoma State University

    Contact Person: Anne Mahoney
    Oklahoma State University
    College of Human Environmental Sciences
    101 HES
    Stillwater, OK 74078
    Phone: 405-744-9531
    Email: osu-ches@okstate.edu

  • South Dakota State University

    M.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences: Option in Family Financial Planning

    Contact Person: Dr. Bernadine Enevoldsen
    South Dakota State University
    College of Family & Consumer Sciences
    PO Box 2275A, NFA 307
    Brookings SD 57007
    Phone: 605-688-4328
    Fax: 605-688-4888
    Email: bernadine_enevoldsen@sdstate.edu

Question: Is this program offered exclusively online?


The 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. Drawing on the expertise of graduate faculty from the participating universities, the inter-institutional program allows you to earn your master’s degree from any of the eight universities via online coursework.

Question: What can I do with a degree in Personal Financial Planning?


Our program prepares students for careers in industry, banking, retirement planning, estate planning, personnel benefits, real estate, insurance, investments, and consumer affairs. Whether you want to be an investment consultant or a retirement benefits advisor, whether you want to join a corporation or an independent firm, you’ll find challenging work that enables you to change the futures of individuals and families.

In addition to being eligible to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination, the degree also fulfills the educational requirement for these designations: Registered Financial Consultant, Registered Financial Associate, Certified Retirement Counselor, and Accredited Financial Counselor.

Question: I have already earned the CFP® designation. Will any of my coursework transfer into the master’s program at K-State?


Kansas State University will allow up to six hours of graduate credit from the first degree towards the master’s degree. However, if the six hours were not taken as part of a graduate level program, they cannot transfer into the degree. Most often, classes taken elsewhere tend to be from a non-credit option and therefore, will not transfer. A final determination can be made at the time of application.

Question: I have attended several institutions. When applying, do I list only the degree-granting institution?


You must give the names and addresses of all colleges and universities attended, including Kansas State University and any you are currently attending. This also applies to the submission of official transcripts as part of the application process.