Financial Planning Minor

Financial Planning Fundamentals

Financial planning prepares you to assist individuals to develop short and long term financial goals and to utilize financial strategies and products to reach those goals. 

Professional Preparation

Completion of the prescribed course of study meets the educational requirements for an individual to sit for the Certified Financial Planner Certification Examination required to earn the CFP® designation.

Our Faculty

Full and part-time “practitioner” faculty bring a strong mix of theory and real-world application to the classroom.

Akron Advantage

All College of Business Administration programs are accredited at the highest possible level by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In addition, the CBA is one of only 171 schools that has earned separate accounting accreditation. The College has been consistently rated as one of the best business schools in the nation by the Princeton Review and ranked in the top 100 of all undergraduate programs by BusinessWeek magazine.

Our close ties to regional businesses provide many benefits for our students. Business executives share their expertise as mentors and guest lecturers in classes, and provide valuable advice on program and course content, helping to keep our curricula fresh, relevant and rigorous. Students gain valuable hands-on experience through group projects that assign them to solve problems for local businesses and by participating in co-op and internship programs at regional companies.

We are able to provide our students with training in cutting-edge technology as a result of our academic alliances with technology vendors such as SAP, Microsoft, and Oracle.

Our active student organizations enable our students to enrich their college experience by providing opportunities for them to apply knowledge and skills gained in the classroom, and by opening doors to new friendships, networking, professional growth, and even jobs.  Many of our student organizations have excelled in regional and national competitions, often against highly regarded colleges and universities across the country. 

Hands-On Research

Applications-based courses allow you to develop real-world decision-making skills through the introduction of relevant business issues into the classroom and the use of expert guest speakers, case-based analysis and integration of current events.

Real-World Experience

Internship and cooperative work experience opportunities are available where students apply their education in real-world settings. Guest speakers expose students to experiences of key members of the business community.

Recent Placements Include:

  • Merrill Lynch
  • Ameriprise
  • UBS
  • PNC (formerly National City Bank)
  • FirstMerit Bank
  • KeyBank
  • Northwest Mutual Insurance
  • ValMark Securities, Inc.
  • Capital Partners, Ltd.
  • Scott Trade
  • Charles Schwab

Financial Planning Student Organizations: 

  • Financial Management Association
  • Financial Management Association Honors Society
  • Beta Gamma Sigma - an honorary fraternity
  • Delta Sigma Pi - a professional fraternity
  • Student Toastmasters
  • International Business Association

Sample Curriculum

The 24-credit minor in Financial Planning will permit students to acquire the educational foundation for a career in financial planning and will qualify them to sit for the Certified Financial Planner® Certification Examination.

Students who have already taken 6400:332, a now deleted course, have met the 6400:200 Foundations in Financial Planning requirement.


6400:410 Taxation for Financial Planning 3
6200:430 Taxation I 3
6400:200 Foundations in Personal Finance 3
6400:301 Corporate Finance or 3
6400:310 Corporate Financial Management or 3
6140:300 Introduction to Finance (non-business students only) 3
6400:343 Investments 3
6400:415 Risk Management: Life and Health Insurance 3
6400:417 Retirement Planning 3
6400:432 Seminar in Personal Financial Planning 3
Total Credits Required: 24

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