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New online financial planning program to begin this fall semester

Western Carolina University will offer a new online option for students seeking a bachelor’s degree in finance with a concentration in financial planning, beginning in the fall semester 2021, for both traditional and nontraditional students. 

Students who complete the concentration are then eligible to take the Certified Financial Planner Certification exam and pursue careers in financial planning, stock brokerage, insurance and other financial services.

“The online format permits a flexibility for students to accommodate them without being tied to a classroom location while still receiving high quality instruction and support,” said Todd Creasy, professor and director of the School of Accounting, Finance, Information Systems and Business Law. “The demand for personal financial advisers is increasing nationwide. Likewise, WCU is seeing an increase in demand for financial planning courses. This CFP concentration is an excellent fit and will serve the region for the foreseeable future.”

WCU has been listed among the nation’s best providers of online degree programs by U.S. News & World Report and is one of just three Certified Financial Planning Board-certified bachelor’s degree programs in the state.

For more information or to register, contact the finance department at 828-227-7412 or

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