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Financial Planning (B.A., B.S)

Academically equivalent, both bachelor of art and bachelor of science degrees will prepare students for a career as a Financial Planner or Advisor.

To become a Certified Financial Planner, students must complete four key requirements:

  • Education
    • Complete a bachelor's degree.
    • Complete a seven-course sequence from a CFP Board Registered Program (the LCMC consortium qualifies as a CFP Board Registered Program).
  • Exam
    • Complete a 170 question, 6-hour multiple choice exam offered in March, July, or November).
  • Experience
    • Complete 6,000 hours of professional experience relating to financial planning or complete 4,000 hours of an apprenticeship. This experience must be completed within five years of sitting for the exam.
  • Ethics
    • Complete the ethics declaration form and pass a background check.
Required Courses 63 hours
Financial Planning (B.A. or B.S., 66 hours)
ACCT 1310 Principles of Accounting I 3 hours
ACCT 1320 Principles of Accounting II 3 hours
BUSAD 2000 Principles of Marketing 3 hours
ECON 1530 Macroeconomic Principles 3 hours
ECON 1540 Microeconomic Principles 3 hours

Mathematics course (choose from):

3-5 hours

Statistics course (Choose from:)

3 hours
BUSAD 2300 Business Communication 3 hours
BUSAD 2500 Principles of Management 3 hours
BUSAD 2700 Business Law I 3 hours
BUSAD 3300 Quantitative Methods 3 hours
BUSAD 3700 Financial Management 3 hours
BUSAD 3710 General Principles of Financial Planning* 3 hours
BUSAD 3720 Risk Management & Insurance Planning* 3 hours
BUSAD 3730 Investment Planning* 3 hours
BUSAD 3740 Tax Planning* 3 hours
BUSAD 3750 Retirement Savings & Income Planning* 3 hours
BUSAD 3760 Estate Planning* 3 hours
BUSAD 4450 Financial Plan Development* 3 hours
BUSAD 4600 Business Ethics 3 hours
BUSAD 4970 Business Internship 3 hours
Capstone 3 hours
BUSAD 4800 Strategic Management 3 hours


*This course is offered remotely via NWU's partnership with a Consortium. The partnership allows students to earn NWU credit for specific courses. Classes are designed by top academics and industry leaders, vetted by NWU, and taught by experts in the field.