Personal Financial Planning

Park University offers a B.S.B.A. and Undergraduate Certificate in Personal Financial Planning.

The Personal Financial Planning concentration provides students with the necessary background to sit for the exam to become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional.

Locations & Learning Options

  • Online
  • Parkville
  • Gilbert
  • Campus Centers



Certificate for Personal Financial Planning

Course Schedule

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Fall 1 Start –  Course Listing

FI 325 – Risk and Insurance

An introduction to the basic principles of insurance and risk management from the perspective of the individual and family consumer; consideration is given to business risk management.

Fall 2

FI 370 – Investment Planning

Overview of various investment alternatives, selection criteria, portfolio management, and financial markets. Emphasis on economic environment, fundamental and technical analysis, sources of information, and the efficient markets concept for risk management.

Spring 1

AC 309 – Individual Income Tax

A study of federal income tax law and application as it applies to individuals.

Spring 2

FI 419 – Retirement and Employee Benefit Planning

A course that provides an in depth exploration of two important aspects of financial planning. Students will learn the various alternatives available in planning for retirement, including qualified and non-qualified retirement plans and social security. Additional topics of study are the advantages and costs of employee benefit plans, including non-pension benefits. Healthcare planning, Medicare and ethical issues will be included.


FI 420 – Estate Planning

A course that allows students to apply estate planning in personal financial planning. This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the concepts of the fundamentals of estate planning, estate planning considerations and constraints, tools and techniques for general estate planning, and the tools and techniques for special estate planning situations.

Fall 1

FI 423 – Professional Financial Planning

This course centers around the principles, concepts, ethics and applications of financial planning for the professional planner working with individuals, families or businesses. Analytical procedures will be taught and cases used to illustrate the determination of financial goals, appropriate produce selection, and planning process implementation necessary to accomplish goals.

Fall 2

FI 424 – Personal Financial Planning Capstone

FI 424 will be a continuation of the comprehensive written financial plan started in FI 423 , with emphasis on a comprehensive understanding of content in the PFP curriculum,  including retirement planning and estate planning. The student will complete case studies and continue development of the sections of the written financial plan related to content areas covered in the course. The student will submit a comprehensive written financial plan for evaluation by the course instructor. In addition, the student will orally present a summary of the plan for evaluation.

Spring 1 Start –  Course Listing

  • Spring 1
    FI370, Investment Planning
  • Spring 2
    FI419, Retirement and Employee Benefit Planning
  • Summer
    AC309, Individual Income Tax
  • Fall 1
    FI325, Risk and insurance
  • Fall 2
    FI420, Estate Planning
    NOTE: Student has completed all courses except FI380 for AFC certification
  • Spring 1
    FI423, Professional Financial Planning
  • Spring 2
    FI424, Personal Financial Planning Capstone

Courses Requiring Prerequisites

  • AC309
  • FI325
  • FI370
  • FI419

*All prerequisites for business courses must be passed with at least a C or higher.

  • FI420

*All prerequisites for business courses must be passed with at least a C or higher.

  • FI423

*All prerequisites for business courses must be passed with at least a C or higher.

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Spring Terms start in January and March, Summer in June and Fall terms in August and October.

Adrian James

Dr. Adrian James

Associate Dean, Robert W. Plaster School of Business
Associate Professor of Management


Dr. Lacey Finley

Assistant Professor of Management

Robert Kao

Dr. Robert Kao

Associate Professor of Finance

AJ Lutz

A.J. Lutz, III

Assistant Teaching Professor

Shape the future

Park University’s Robert W. Plaster School of Business prepares a diverse set of learners to support free enterprise in a socially responsible manner, within a global community. The Business Administration core includes courses in accounting, economics, international business, mathematics, law, policy, marketing and management. You can then choose from one of six concentrations.


  • Broker
  • Budget analyst
  • Commodities sales agent
  • Credit counselor
  • Employee benefits manager
  • Financial Planner
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students in class, business administration

A Park University Business education: a great return on your investment

Park University’s Robert W. Plaster School of Business is one of the largest nonprofit business and management schools in the U.S. Our mission is to provide quality, innovative, application-based learning. As a Business Administration major, you will learn principles that cross disciplines. You’ll graduate poised to generate new ideas and make them happen.

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Park University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.