All students enrolled in the program are expected to take an average of 6 credits per term. Each term is broken down into two parts.
For example, a student may take a two-credit course and a 1-credit course for the first part of the term, followed by a 3-credit course in the second part of the term.
All courses will be taught asynchronously online, and by top instructors and wealth management experts.
Advanced Financial Planning (Capstone) (2 credits)
This course requires the student to analyze hypothetical cases and existing law to make recommendations in the best interest of the client. Students will learn how to collect the necessary information for a full analysis and evaluations of client assets, client objectives, family dynamics, and family corporations.
Insurance & Annuity Planning (1 credit)
This course examines leveraging group owned alternative risk transfer methods for managing valuing difficulties and to insure risks, as well as managing insurance costs. Issues include transferring and managing risk, regulations, tax aspects, actuarial consideration, premium and reserve pools.
Estate and Wealth Planning (1 credit)
Topics in this class include the components of wills, the probate process, estate tax, gift tax, generation skipping tax, state law issues dealing with inheritance, business succession strategies, provision for special needs children, valuation and freezing techniques, and digital estate planning issues.
Aggie Ethics (1 credits)
This course examines Estate Planning Ethics, Fiduciary Rules, Suitability Rules; Excellent Work Product; Integrity, and the Aggie Core Values.
Fiduciary Administration (2 credits)
This course examines Particular Fiduciary Activities; Applicable Laws and Fiduciary Principles; Identifying, Measuring, and Controlling Risks of Fiduciary Activities; Internal Controls and Audit Coverage.
Financial & Portfolio Management (2 credits)
This course examines investment management and the compliance issues involved, including Investment Policy and Law; Fiduciary Rules and Regulation for Investment Advisors and Managers; Prudent Investor Rules; Rules Pertaining to Investment Products, Mutual Funds, ETFs, and 401Ks; Insurance Products Regulation; SEC and NASD Regulation of RIA Registered Investment Advisors; Client Communication; and Disclosure.
Income Tax for Financial Planning (3 credits)
This course introduces the fundamentals of U.S. federal income tax applicable to individual taxpayers. Issues include an overview of the federal tax system; growth income; identification of the proper taxpayer; concepts and categories of deductions; basic timing principles; tax credits; and tax aspects of property acquisition, ownership, and disposition property.
Insurance/Annuity Planning (1 credit)
This course examines the use of insurance and annuities in financial planning. This course will examine topics such as the types of insurance, life insurance trusts, variable annuities, the tax consequences of deferred annuities.
Financial Innovations (1 credit)
The course will consider, among other topics, the challenges in seeking a balance between financial regulation and financial innovation.
Introduction to Financial Planning and Wealth Management (3 credits)
Topics in this class include budgeting and cash management, credit and debt, asset acquisition, economic concepts, financial institutions, and the time value of money. This course also is an introduction to the concepts included in the idea of Wealth Management. The course examines the theories and techniques of developing investment policies and strategies.
Introduction to U.S. Law (3 credits)
For candidates taking the M. Jur. Degree or foreign attorneys only. Provides a background and introduction to the U.S. legal system.
Legal Aspects of Financial Products (2 credits)
This course will examine the underlying concepts of various Equity Instruments, including Wash Sales, Short Sales, Conversion Transactions, Stock Distributions, Inter-corporate Dividends and Received Deduction, Stapled Stock, and Hybrid Equity Products. The course also will examine various Derivative Instruments.
Non-Profit Law (1 credit)
This course focuses on the laws, policies, and ideals affecting the creation, operation, and governance of nonprofit organizations, such as hospitals, universities, churches, social service charities, cultural institutions, advocacy groups, trade associations, and social clubs. Nonprofit organizations’ role in society raises complex issues that involve a variety of legal fields, including constitutional law, trust and property law, corporate law, and tax law. Topics include obtaining tax-exempt status, restrictions on lobbying and political activity, tax on unrelated business income, eligibility for charitable contributions, state regulation of charitable solicitations, oversight of nonprofit governance, and charitable immunity.
Retirement & Benefits (2 credits)
This course include topics such as employment and self-employed benefits and retirement plans, end-of-life planning, powers of attorney, and medical directives, long-term care needs, post-mortem treatment of Qualified Retirement Plan Assets.
Securities & Other Investments (2 credits)
This course will examine the topics of Measuring Investment Returns, Measuring Risk and Risk Tolerance, Investment Strategies, Hedging and Option Strategies, and Tax-Advantaged Investing. The course also will examine Bonds and Fixed Income Investments, Pooled Investments, and Alternative Investments.
Taxation of Business Associations (3 credits)
This course examines the federal taxation of partnerships and fiscally-transparent entities such as limited liability companies (LLCs). Topics include contributions to and distributions from partnerships; formation, operation, and liquidation; partnership operations; substantial economic effect regulations and special allocations; transfers of partnership interests; taxation of service partners; and liabilities and special basis adjustments.
Thesis & Research Introduction (1 credit)
Each student must author a minimum 10,000 word publishable quality article (the thesis). The student is encouraged to publish the article. The article tests the student’s ability to independently identify the issue; address a research methodology for the issue; create an outline; think laterally but hone in on the relevant; as well as author a quality professional article.
Fiduciary and Risk Managment (2 credits)
This course examine Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, Practices, and Standards; Financial Statement Analysis; Balance Sheets; Income Statements; Statements of Cash Flows; Statements of Changes in Equity; Usefulness of Audits; Applicable Securities and Exchange Commission Rules and Regulations; Income Statements.
Valuation (1 credit)
This course examines the Rationale for Valuation (including issues of bias, complexity, and uncertainty); Intrinsic Value; Equity Risk Premiums; Researching Information Sources (financial, economic, industry and guideline transactions); Fair Market Value; Cash Flow Valuation; Risk and How to Assess It; Valuation of Intangible Assets; Valuation Issues with Buy/Sell Agreements.