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Financial Planning

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    4 Years

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Program Overview

This major will prepare you for positions within the financial services industry, business administration, and leadership, as well as to become a trusted financial advisor. Students will acquire a highly marketable skill set involving theory-based financial knowledge, reliable analytical tools, and the ability to calculate and to apply critical finance-related reasoning from a strategic perspective.

Note: Students receive a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a major in Financial Planning

Freshman applicants with a 2.5 or higher high school GPA and transfer students with a 2.0 or higher cumulative college GPA are eligible for general admission to UC and will gain direct entry into this program. Students may apply online or download the admissions application.


Program Highlights

  • This program is registered with the CFP® (Certified Financial Planner) Board and is quickly gaining recognition in West Virginia.

  • Our curriculum is approved by the CFP Board of Standards.

  • You’ll be prepared for success when you sit for the CFP certification examination.

  • You will learn to effectively gather and analyze client data to design financial plans to help clients meet life goals.

Program Outcomes

  • Job Opportunities

    Potential career opportunities include:

    • Registered Investment Advisor
    • Accounting/Tax Registered Investment Advisor
    • Banking Industry
    • Life and Disability Insurance Companies
    • Property and Casualty Insurance Companies
    • Independent Broker/Dealer
    • Academia/Research
  • Expected Job Growth

    Qualified financial planning jobs are expected to increase as the number of investors seeking professional advice increases in the next decade.

  • Career Options

    Our program is designed to get you ready for a career in financial planning and advising, and to work as a financial manager, consultant, or in a variety of jobs in the banking industry.

Additional Information

Current Financial Planning Advisory Committee Members for the School of Business & Leadership.

Marc D. Arnold, CFP®, Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Michael Black, Committee Chair, Partner, Jarrell Black & Co
John Burdette, Owner, Fourth Avenue Financial
Lynn Clarke, JD, Special Counsel, Bowles Rice, LLP
Virginia Copley, CFP(R), Wealth Advisor Regional Director, Truist Wealth
Christopher Erlewine, CFP®, CRPC®, Arnett Carbis Toothman Wealth Advisors
David Lanham, ’64, CFP®, AIF®, Co-Founder & Managing Director, LOC Investment Advisers
Brian Lescar, CFP®, AAMS®, VP/Portfolio Manager, United Bank
Wes Richardson, CFP®, CLU®, Managing Partner, Northwestern Mutual
Shoba Sampath, ’86, CFP®, CLU®, AXA Advisors
Drew Tardy, CLU®, ChFC®, McKinley Carter Wealth Services
Jason Thompson, ’86, ’92, MBA, Senior VP & Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley
Rick Wolford, AAMS(R), CWA, Financial Advisor, RW Baird

Meet the Faculty

Meet the Faculty

Jacob Tenney
Jacob Tenney, Ph.D., CFP®

Assistant Professor and Director of Financial Planning