UGA to Offer New Online Master’s Program

04 March 2014

ATHENS - As demand for financial advisers in the economy is growing, the University of Georgia announced it’s Family and Consumer Sciences department will begin offering an online masters’ program in financial planning.

The course will start fall 2014 and is a non-thesis program that will prepare graduates to sit for the Certified Financial PlannerTM exam. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there is a growing demand for financial advisers. They projected the growth rate to be 27 percent between 2012 and 2022.

“There’s a great demand out there for a program like this,” said Ann Woodyard, an assistant professor in the college’s financial planning, housing and consumer economics department. “It’s tremendously exciting.”

The program will be two years and will be lead by tenure-track UGA professors and research faculty. The program will begin with courses on financial planning, analysis, and wealth management. The program is the only one of its kind in the Southeast.

“We have some of the best and brightest minds working on interesting research,” Grable said. “Our thought is to be as inclusive as possible in helping shape the direction of financial planning globally.”

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