Ph.D. in Financial Planning

UGA’s Ph.D. program in financial planning provides students with the opportunity to focus on research and statistical analysis in the field of Financial Planning to expand your expertise in theory, research methods, analytical thinking, and statistical analysis. Upon completion of this concentration, graduates will be prepared to enter academia or a post-doctoral research position.

What the degree offers students:

  • A focused approach to theory and research-based methodology needed to help advance the financial planning profession. 
  • The opportunity to explore the financial planning profession in depth from a theoretical and research basis with tenure-track and published UGA faculty.
  • A research-intensive experience that prepares students for academic, policy, and business positions.
  • Find a variety of career opportunities.

Time to Completion

Students typically complete the Ph.D. program in 3 to 4 years, depending on the research topic and student background. 

Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted into the UGA professional master's program in financial planning, you must first be admitted by the University of Georgia Graduate school. See how to apply to the graduate school here

Certifications & Opportunities  

UGA’s Financial Planning Program is registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., and the Association of Financial Counseling and Planning Education. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), the Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC®), and the Certified Retirement Counselor (CRC®) examinations upon completion of the program. The Behavioral Financial Planning/Financial Therapy option allows students to sit for the Certified Financial Therapist-I™ (CFT-I) examination.

While in the program, students can have the opportunity to participate in a variety of experiential learning research including the ASPIRE Clinic and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).  

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Degree Requirements

The button below will provide the Financial Planning course sequencing required for the Ph.D. program. Please contact Melissa McBride at 706-542-4856 or with any questions. 

Ph.D. Financial Planning Degree Requirements

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