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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. The individual graduate schools will determine specific entry requirements.

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. Please apply to: Personal Financial Planning

    Note: Do not apply to Family Studies and Human Services or Family Life and Education Consultation.

  2. Submit a domestic application fee of $50 or international application fee of $75

    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. In addition to the degree-granting institution, upload copies of every transcript where college credit was received. An official copy must also be sent directly to: The Graduate School, Kansas State University, 103 Fairchild Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506. Do not send electronic transcripts using the URL option

  4. Three letters of recommendation; your references will be contacted directly by CollegeNet through email. Please ask them to be prepared to complete the online recommendation form and upload any additional documents once they have been contacted.

    Note: Recommendations do not have to be from former instructors only. They may come from current or past employers, colleagues, or anyone you feel best-suited to answer the questions on the letter of 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 master's program. For additional information, please visit the K-State Graduate School website, or contact:

Tierra Dimond, Program Coordinator
Department of Personal Financial Planning
Kansas State University
343J Justin Hall
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

Admission is allowed for the fall and spring semesters only. Applications are accepted year-round. Applicants should plan to apply no later than two to three months before the start of the semester. The fall semester begins in late August, and the spring semester begins in late January.

Enrollment in the program is limited so enroll early! Students must first apply to the Graduate School and be accepted into the program prior to enrollment.

You select the institution to be your degree-conferring institution. This institution will award your degree on successful completion of the program of study. Each course has a maximum enrollment; and those who have been admitted to a degree program at one of the participating universities will be given preference for space in the class. Contact persons can provide specifics about admission and placement on wait lists.

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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