Master of Financial Planning and Analytics

with Professional Industry Certification

The Master of Financial Planning and Analytics (MFPA) is designed to develop the next generation of financial professionals. The MFPA is best suited for students with undergraduate degrees in economics, finance, financial planning, accounting, or actuarial science as it prepares and qualifies students for positions in financial planning, portfolio management, equity research, and the financial services industries.

Not only will students receive a master’s degree from an AACSB accredited business school with rigorous training in quantitative financial analysis and financial planning, but students will also be expected to sit for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP)® exam and /or the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)® level 1 and/or level 2 exams.

 

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ADMISSIONS PROCESS

Admissions Criteria + Online Application + Interview + Final Decision

Learn about the admissions criteria you need to meet before applying, what information you will need to submit a successful application, how to prepare for the interview, and how you will be notified of the final decision.


ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

Applicants are expected to meet the following criteria:

  1. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution
  2. Minimum overall undergraduate GPA 3.0
  3. "B" grade or higher in each prerequisite course (if prerequisites are applicable)

Admission to the MFPA program is competitive. Meeting the minimum requirements above does not guarantee admission.

Students with undergraduate bachelor’s degrees in economics, finance, financial planning, accounting or actuarial science are eligible to apply. Applicants intending to study in the CFP track may be considered from other undergraduate majors. However, applicants will be expected to communicate their experience with quantitative courses or skillsets such as statistics, research, analytics, and econometrics.

Women have historically been underrepresented in finance-related occupations due to the comparatively rigid lifestyles of finance professionals. Women often choose professions with more pliant work schedules. However, the finance industry has begun to incorporate changes in technology permitting a remarkable work & lifestyle balance.

Women with financial analysis skills are in high demand and typically claim a compensation premium. The average first year total compensation is expected to be between $78,000 and 106,000, depending upon location.

Prerequisite Courses

Students with undergraduate degrees in economics, finance, financial planning, accounting or actuarial science are eligible to apply to the program. However, applicants intending to study in the CFP® track may be considered from other undergraduate majors beyond those already mentioned and are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be expected to communicate your experience with quantitative courses or skill sets such as statistics, research, analytics, and econometrics as these skills are important to be successful in the core program classes.

Those electing to take the CFP® Track must complete the following undergraduate courses at UVU or at a CFP® Board approved program* prior to being admitted to the MFPA program:

Applicants must complete the following UVU prerequisite courses or their equivalents before they begin the program. Each prerequisite course must have a "B" grade or higher in order to fulfill the admission criteria.

 

  CFP PREREQUISITE COURSES  
Course Prefix and Number Title Credit Hours
FIN 3060  Introduction to the Financial Planning Profession and Ethics 3
FIN 3220 Risk Management and Insurance 3
FIN 3400 Investment Management 3

* Substitutions for any of the above three UVU undergraduate courses would need to be pre-approved by the Academic Director of the MFPA program.

"Women in this industry tend to drive a more inclusive way of leading."

The greatest attribute for women in this profession is communication skills, which includes the ability to read body language and nonverbal cues, good listening skills, and effective displays of emphasizing fresh ideas to customers.

Learn more about student resources we have to offer for Women and Mothers in our program.

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