Take the next step to earn your CFP® credential.

Program Fast Facts

  • Start date: September 26, 2022
  • Mondays and/or Wednesdays
    6 — 9:30 p.m.
  • On Campus
  • 11-24 months
  • 675-875 per course


Why Study Financial Planning at SMU?

Distinguished faculty and highly experienced practitioners

Learn From Practicing CFP® Professionals

Distinguished faculty and experienced practitioners ensure that you cover practical, meaningful and interactive information in class.

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SMU’s deep ties to industry

Choose Your Path

Complete program requirements at a pace that fits your needs in the Traditional, Pacesetter, or Intensive paths.

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Prepare to Succeed

Complete the coursework required to take the CFP® Certification Exam and earn a digital badge to add to your resume and LinkedIn profile.


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SMU’s global alumni organization

Gain Industry Recognition

Established in 2003, hundreds of CFP® professionals in DFW have completed coursework at SMU.


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Stand out from the competition

Demonstrate your standard of excellence to clients and employers with a rigorous educational foundation. SMU’s program meets the coursework requirement of CFP® certification, and you will learn how to apply the academic content in practical, real-world scenarios.


CFP® employment growth is strong

Qualifed professionals will be in high demand as the U.S. population ages, life expectancies rise and wealth transfers to new generations. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment rate for CFP® professionals is expected to increase by 15% through 2026, significantly outpacing the average for other occupations.


Increase your earning potential

CFP® professionals earn 26% more than financial advisors without the certification, on average, according to a study from the CFP® Board.

Plus, 93% of CFP® professionals are strongly satisfied with career choice in financial planning, according to the 2021 Survey of CFP® Professionals.


CFP® Board approved

This program is accredited and registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.


Bryan Jackson