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Co-Sponsored by IPFP and the KSU Foundation

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Certified Financial Planner® Board Approved Program

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Meets Educational Requirements for Accredited Financial Counselor™ Exam

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2017 North Central Region Mature Program
(Credit) Award

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2015 Distinguished Program:
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Department of Personal Financial Planning

Graduate Programs
Tierra Dimond
Kansas State University
343 Justin Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-1403

785-532-5505 fax

Doctoral Degree Program

What is it like being a doctoral student at K-State? Check out a short video from the 2017 cohort on key tips for surviving the first summer session.

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Outstanding Students

Graduates are teaching at 14 different Universities across the country.

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CFP® Board Approved Program

One of 4 doctoral programs to be registered with the CFP® Board

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Hybrid Program

First program in the nation to be conducted largely online. Fall and spring semester course work is online with a on-campus summer intensive

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Earn a Ph.D in 5 years or less

Doctoral students decide how fast they want to finish.

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Capstone Experience

Each cohort will travel abroad to learn about Personal Finance in another country.

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Top Notch Faculty

K-State has the most published faculty of any peer program in the field of Personal Financial Planning. 

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Enables candidates across the world to earn their Ph.D. while continuing life from home.

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Award Winning

Students and graduates consistently win national awards.


Kansas State University's Ph.D. in Personal Financial Planning — the first in the nation to be conducted largely online — was designed for professionals who already have busy careers and substantial roots where they live. The program is composed of a mix of online and residency courses. It enables candidates across the world to earn their doctorate from a respected university while continuing their lives at home. We are pleased to announce that K-State is one of five doctoral programs to be registered with the CFP® Board.

This hybrid program allows you to take online courses during the fall and spring semesters, and participate in intensive 10-day summer experiences. Thanks to the flexible format, you can earn your Ph.D. in five years or less... no matter where you are.

Students talkingDuring three consecutive summer residency sessions on the K-State campus, you will build a connection with faculty and peers, not to mention the university. These relationships will lend you the support you need as you study from a distance. For your final summer session, you will travel as a group for a "capstone" experience. Possibilities may include travel abroad to see up-close how global markets work, and how they affect financial planning in the United States and worldwide; or you may visit our capital city to observe the nation's policymakers at work. The location of each final summer session may vary.

As part of a small cohort who navigate the program together, you will benefit from the guidance of professors with a rich background in research and practice management. Dedicated students will learn to solve real-world problems, and integrate knowledge about personal finance and relationships. You will also have the opportunity to participate in professional groups; assume professional leadership positions; and become involved in teaching, research, and publication.

Student smilingWhether you want to pursue your doctorate on a full- or part-time basis, this program makes it possible to be a working professional and earn your Ph.D. at the same time. A full-time, on-campus program is also available, and applicants are encouraged to apply for a graduate research or teaching assistantship (pdf).

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Additional Resources

Why I Chose the Program
Mike Kothakota video link
Mike Kothakota, Ph.D. Program

Building the Future
Miranda Reiter video link
Miranda Reiter, Ph.D. Program

Program Cohorts
Derek Lawson video link
Derek Lawson, Ph.D. Program