As concern for financial security has grown, individuals have increasingly turned to trained financial planners to help them make informed decisions in the face of an overwhelming—and at times confusing—wealth of financial information.

The Financial Planning Program at Boston University's Center for Professional Education is one of the nation's most established and successful programs. For more than twenty-five years, the Financial Planning Program has introduced a variety of financial strategies and products, while providing a strong foundation in financial planning. The flexibility of the program and the industry expertise of our faculty ensure that you gain knowledge in all relevant areas of interest. Graduates receive a Boston University certificate in Financial Planning, and are well prepared to excel on the examination leading to CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER certification.

Available online, the Financial Planning Program consists of the following seven courses:

  • Introduction to Financial Planning
  • Financial Planning Risk Management
  • Financial Planning Investments
  • Tax Planning
  • Retirement Planning & Employee Benefits
  • Estate Planning
  • Capstone Course in Financial Planning

Effective May 20, 2020, for the foreseeable future, the classroom Financial Planning program has been discontinued.  Historic information, including course descriptions, is available here.  

Program Details

Program Dates

The online program has rolling admissions.

Requirements

While we do not have any prerequisites, we do recommend that students have a bachelor's degree, since it is required to sit for the CFP® Exam.  

To Learn More or Register for the Online Program

To inquire about Boston University’s Online Financial Planning Program, including upcoming course schedules and registration, please contact our education partners at MindMax, Inc. by calling 1-877-290-9005 or by visiting their website at financialplanningonline.bu.edu.

Robert J. Glovsky Scholarship Fund

In 2010, Boston's University's Metropolitan College established The Robert J. Glovsky Scholarship Fund in recognition of Glovsky's over twenty five years of service as the program director of Financial Planning.

The income from this permanently endowed fund now supports annual merit-based scholarships to students of financial planning at Metropolitan College's Center for Professional Education. The Fund grants up to $2,000 per year and awards are applied directly to course tuition.

Application for the Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled at the Center for Professional Education (classroom or online) with preference for students who come from traditionally underserved populations, in addition to students who intend to assist or serve traditionally underserved populations.

Boston University does not certify individuals to use the CFP®, Certified Financial Planner andCFP<sup>®</sup>marks. CFP® certification is granted solely by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to individuals who, in addition to completing an educational requirement such as this CFP Board-Registered Program, have met ethics, experience and examination requirements.

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