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Institute of Personal Financial Planning


When reviewing your application, we take the following into consideration:

  • your undergraduate grade point average, especially during the last two years of study
  • whether your undergraduate institution is accredited
  • the extent to which our programs match your academic objectives
  • your potential for graduate study as reflected by your transcripts and your letters of recommendation

In general, your undergraduate grade point average must be 3.0 ("B") or better, although in exceptional cases we may consider recommending probationary admission if your grade point average is at least 2.75, or if it is above 3.0 in the last 60 hours of coursework.

You do not need a specific type of undergraduate degree to be admitted into the program. Many, but not all, of our students are Family and Consumer Science graduates with a background in consumer economics or financial management, and business graduates working in financial services. We anticipate that most applicants have taken classes in or possess a basic knowledge of macroeconomics, microeconomics, ethics and computer science applications. The program incorporates skills related to macroeconomics, microeconomics, finance, financial planning ethics, counseling and computer applications for financial data. Competencies related to these concepts are required to complete the program.

Once you have submitted the required application materials, the faculty will review your credentials. Upon approval and assignment of a temporary advisor, your file will be forwarded to the Graduate School, which checks the completeness of your application, reviews your official transcripts, and verifies that you have or will soon have a valid degree from an accredited institution (see sidebar on the right-hand side of this page).

Application Process

  1. Submit an application for admission to the Kansas State University Graduate School. FSHS - PERSONAL FINANCIAL PLANNING
  2. Submit a domestic application fee of $65, if applicable

    Note: This distance program does not qualify international students for study in the United States; international students must take the courses in their home country.

  3. Upload copy of transcript from the degree-granting institution(s). An official copy must also be sent to the Graduate School at Kansas State University, 103 Fairchild Hall, Manhattan, KS  66506.
  4. Three letters of recommendation; your references will be contacted through CollegeNet by email to complete the online recommendation form

    Note: Recommendations do not have to be from former instructors. They may come from current or past employers, colleagues, or anyone you feel best-suited to answer the questions on the recommendation form. An accompanying letter may be uploaded by references while completing the recommendation form online.

  5. Upload a brief resume and a goal statement detailing: previous educational and professional experience, why you are interested in the program, and how the degree will help you achieve your career goals

K-State does not require GRE scores for admission to the Personal Financial Planning program.

Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their graduate program to avoid dismissal from the certificate program. For additional information, please visit the K-State Graduate School website, or contact:

Graduate Program Coordinator
Institute of Personal Financial Planning
307 Justin Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

When all the materials are on file, the graduate committee will act on your request for admission to the program and will contact you about their decision. You may receive one of three decisions:

  1. full admission
  2. conditional admission subject to resolving deficiencies
  3. admission denied

Note: Applicants to the K-State Graduate School must have a bachelor's degree substantially the same as the ones granted by K-State. These degrees regularly contain a broad range of courses representing the basic academic disciplines. In addition, a major portion of the courses included should be graded by a multilevel system, usually A, B, C, D, F.

Rolling Application Deadline

August Session (fall semester)

For priority consideration, apply by: July 1

January Session (spring semester)

For priority consideration, apply by: November 1

Accrediting Bodies

The Graduate School recognizes the following Institutional Accrediting Bodies:

  • MSA — Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • NASC — The Northwest Association of Schools and College
  • NCA — North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • NEASC-CIHE — New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc./Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  • SACS-CC — Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  • WASC-Sr — Western Association of Schools and Colleges/Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities