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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

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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 Canvas course management system. Some courses have supplemental videos and may require or offer video conferencing. Students interact with faculty and one another through email, video 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: 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 the 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.