Certificate Program in Financial Planning

Required Textbooks

Class Fast Facts

DURATION 10 months, 1 yr or 2 yr
FORMAT Multiple formats available
TUITION $4995, $1150 per term or $675 per class

The SMU Certificate Program in Financial Planning utilizes two publishers for course texts: The American College and Kaplan Schweser. Each SMU course requires a textbook from American College with Fundamentals 101 and Capstone 107 requiring a corresponding supplement from the 7-volume Kaplan Schweser review series.

Courses are based on the most recent textbook editions offered by the publishers. Avoid holding obsolete textbooks by purchasing only the most recent textbook edition as needed for your current course. Please keep this in mind when purchasing packaged or bundled sets.

To ensure delivery of texts before classes begin, SMU students are strongly encouraged to order their textbooks a minimum of 7 business days in advance of the start of each course.

Required books for each SMU course are noted in the chart below with the corresponding publisher. Books are not available at the SMU Bookstore.

American College
Click here for an order form or call 610-526-1350

Kaplan Schweser
T: 877.446-9034
E: advisor@kaplan.com

Course Textbook Editor/Publisher Edition Cost
Fundamentals of Financial Planning (FP 101) HS300 — Financial Planning: Process and Environment (Required) Lemoine/American College 5th $120

Understanding Your Financial Calculator (Optional)

Kaplan Schweser    
Insurance and Risk Management (FP 102) HS311 — Fundamentals of Insurance (Required) Beam/American College 5th $120
Investments (FP 103) HS328 — Fundamentals of Investments for Financial Planning (Required) Woerheide/American College 7th $120
Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits (FP 104) HS326 — Planning for Retirement Needs (Required) Littell, Tacchino, & Schneider/American College 12th $120
Tax Planning (FP 105) Income Tax Planning 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4754-2150-7

Kaplan Schweser Item 111972 $69
Estate Planning (FP 106) HS330 — Fundamentals of Estate Planning (Required) Fontaine/American College 14th $120
Financial Planning Strategies and Case Studies (FP 107) HS332 — Financial Planning Applications (Required) Lemoine/American College 24th $120

Personal Financial Planning — Cases and Applications


Kaplan Schweser 8th  $93

Get Started!

  • Choose a starting date. Students may join the SMU Program in April or September on the main campus in Dallas, or in January at SMU-in-Plano.
  • Choose a track. Students may elect to take one course per quarter, on the Traditional Path, or take 2 courses per quarter on the Pacesetter Path (at a discounted rate). Students in the SMU CPFP in Plano program move through the program one course at at time, at an accelerated pace; each of the seven courses in the program are taught in 6-week modules. For an overview of the course paths, click here.
  • Enroll in an Information Session. Offered throughout the year, these 1-hour sessions are packed with information about the SMU Program and the CFP® certification process. Register now.
  • Meet program instructors, view prerequisites and course fees.
  • Complete the program application. Click here to complete the SMU program application process.
  • Register for class. After the application has been approved, students may enroll online, by phone, or by fax. Traditional Path and Plano students begin the program with course 101; Pacesetter Path students begin with courses 101 and 103.

Learn more about discounts for SMU students for the Kaplan Financial live and online review courses.

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and CFP (with flame logo)®, which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements.

SMU does not certify individuals to use the CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® and CFP (with flame logo). 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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