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M.A. in Financial Planning & Law

Boost Your Wealth Management Career with an Online Law Degree

The M.A. in Financial Planning & Law, offered completely online (with select on-campus course options in Virginia Beach), will prepare you to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination. Through this financial planning degree, you will learn to guide individuals and corporations through the intricacies of managing wealth. This comprehensive wealth management program is uniquely housed in Regent’s School of Law and gives you access to our Juris Doctor program estate planning and tax experts. You will enjoy coursework integrated with a Christian perspective and grounded in legal thought, writing, and critical thinking to help you gain a competitive edge.

January 11, 2021
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Enhance Your Credentials Without a J.D.

Earn your M.A. in Law credential in just five semesters with this practical alternative to the on-campus 3-year Juris Doctor degree.

Sharpen Your Competitive Edge

Learn from one of the first law schools to offer a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) program designed to help you attain eligibility for the exam.

Advance Your Knowledge

Enjoy challenging topics such as insurance law, contracts, tax planning, estate and trust administration, and financial and portfolio analysis.

On completing the online Master of Arts in Financial Planning & Law, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in financial and portfolio analysis, including establishing investment objectives and evaluating performance.
  • Apply your knowledge of contract law and insurance law and planning.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the fundamentals of estate planning, including property transfer, IRAs and retirement plans.
  • Research American law, including cases, and statutes.

Career Opportunities

  • Certified Financial Planner
  • Financial Advisor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Ideal candidates for this program include trust officers, realtors, stockbrokers, and members of the financial services industry. Career switchers are also welcome.
Projected employment growth for personal financial advisors from 2018-28 (faster than average) U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

Principles of risk, return, liquidity, horizon planning, inflation, and taxation applied to personal financial planning of discretionary income, saving, credit, investing, and retirement planning.

Analyze the financial model and operating performance of a company compared to its competitors and market trends to determine the attractiveness of an investment in the company.

Managing financial assets by establishing appropriate investment objectives, developing optimal portfolio strategies considering, risk-return tradeoffs, investing the assets, and evaluating of investment performance. Includes choosing stocks or bonds for a style-specific portfolio as well as setting an asset allocation across asset classes and choosing managers for each.

(1) The philosophical and theological sources and nature of American law and justice; (2) the role of lawyers in the American justice system; and (3) jurisprudential thinking about what lawyers do, including select substantive legal issues.

Considers principles of risk and insurance, income taxation and business use of insurance, analyzes and evaluates risk exposures and insurance needs, and the selection of insurance company and policy; finally, examines the following forms of individual insurance; life, long-term care, disability income, health insurance, and annuities.

Focuses on communicating with a counseling financial planning clients; discerning client and planner attitudes, values, biases and behavioral characteristics; and learning the Certified Financial Planning Board’s Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Rules of Conduct, Disciplinary Rules and Procedures, and Financial Planning Practice Standards.

Fundamental areas of estate planning, which include methods of property transfer at death, characteristics and consequences of property titling, incapacity and elder law, powers of appointment, fiduciaries, sources of estate liquidity, use of life insurance in estate planning, estate planning documents (including wills and trusts, and planning for non-traditional relationships), IRAs and retirement plans, income in respect of a decedent, the types, features, and taxation of trusts, qualified interest trusts, charitable gifts/transfers and gifting strategies, marital deduction, intra-family and business transfer techniques, deferring and minimizing estate taxes, generation-skipping transfer tax, federal estate and gift tax compliance and tax calculation, and postmortem estate planning techniques. Prerequisites: FNCE 652, MLAW 542, MLAW 543, and MLAW 670.

Involves case analysis and the integration of financial planning, insurance planning, investment planning, taxation, retirement and employee benefits, and estate tax planning in comprehensive personal financial planning. Students will learn how to manage case scenarios to identify issues, analyze client financial situations, and make and implement recommendations. Prerequisite: UNIV 500 as required for admissions. Prerequisites: MLAW 542, MLAW 543, MLAW 544, MLAW 670, FNCE 652, FNCE 653, and FNCE 654.

Considers the fundamentals of personal, business, and trust & estate income tax law and tax compliance, including basis, tax consequences of property sales, alternative minimum tax, passive activity and at-risk rules, charitable contributions and deductions, tax reduction techniques, and the tax implications of special circumstances.

2020-2021 Semester Check-In Deadlines:

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester 2 weeks prior to the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.


Semester Check-In

Session Start Date

Session A

Friday, August 14

Monday, August 24

Session M

Friday, September 11

Monday, September 21

Session B

Friday, October 16

Monday, October 26

Session C

Tuesday, January 5

Monday, January 11

Session T

Friday, January 29

Monday, February 8

Session D

Friday, March 5

Monday, March 15

Session E

Friday, April 30

Monday, May 10

Session F

Friday, June 11

Monday, June 21

Note: On-campus international applicants must meet a fall semester application deadline of February 15 with an academic acceptance deadline of March 15 or a spring semester application deadline of June 15 with an academic acceptance deadline of July 15.

Regent Law admits students with academic promise and calling who are serious about the critical roles they will assume upon graduation. If you have decided to earn your master’s degree in law, we make applying to graduate school easy.

Admissions Criteria
The admissions committee seeks applicants who will bring a range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to Regent University’s School of Law. The M.A. in Financial Planning & Law program seeks highly motivated students and professionals who appreciate the educational benefits and professional development opportunities a graduate legal-based education offers. Each of the following will be evaluated to assess an applicant’s potential for success in the program.

  • Academic achievement (GPA, course rigor, and institution(s) attended)
  • Mission Fit
  • Responses to the questions in the application for admission
  • Skills relevant to the practice of law

Admissions Requirements
Applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree from an approved college or university prior to beginning their legal studies. The admissions committee does not recommend any single major or undergraduate field of study, but welcomes majors ranging from political science to engineering, and from biblical studies to psychology. LSAT and GRE not required for admission to our program.

Admissions Decisions
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, with most applicants being notified within two weeks of the date that the application and all supporting documents are received by the Admissions Office.

How to Apply to Graduate School – M.A. in Financial Planning & Law Application Process

1. Complete Your Online Application
Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office for assistance.

2. Pay Your $50 Application Fee
Pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

3. Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts*
Unofficial transcripts
from a U.S.-based school, indicating successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, can be used for an admissions decision. Email your unofficial transcript to using the subject line: LAW Master’s Application Pieces.
Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. See the International Admissions Checklist for details.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University’s Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution, which indicate successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program. We will notify you if your previous institution will not release transcripts directly to us.

4. Submit Your Professional Resume (Optional)
Your professional resume or curriculum vitae should include:

  • Employment history with details of responsibilities, skill sets, and results
  • School, community, and church leadership positions
  • Service activities in which you have been involved
  • Academic and non-academic honors and distinctions you have received

Email your resume to using the subject line: LAW Master’s Application Pieces.

5. Complete an Admissions Questionnaire Regarding Your Professional Goals and Interests

6. Submit Your Government-Issued ID
To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please email a scanned copy or photograph of it to with the subject line: Government ID.

7. International Applicants
Visit the International Students Admissions page for additional admission requirements and to determine if you qualify as an international student.

2019-20 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

Master of Arts in Financial Planning & Law

$675 per credit hour*

  • 30-credit-hour program is $20,250.

View estimated Cost of Attendance.

Student Fees

Cost Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students)

$550 (per semester)

2020-21 Tuition Rates

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour

Master of Arts in Financial Planning & Law

$675 per credit hour*

  • 30-credit-hour program is $20,250.

View estimated Cost of Attendance.

Student Fees

Cost Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students)

$600 (per semester)

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

“"So much of my teaching style and philosophy is modeled after that of Regent Law deans and professors. I am working in my calling and love equipping my students for their calling too through the gift of teaching the Lord has given me."”

Adeline Allen, J.D., 2011

“Regent definitely prepared me every step of the way, from a summer internship and moot court competitions to working with Singer Legal Group and securing a clerkship. I wouldn’t have had those same opportunities anywhere else.”

Kevin Hoffman, J.D., 2014

“When I began working for the state of Texas, I immediately began putting the values of servant leadership and ethics I learned at Regent into practice. My Christian faith holds me together and helps me fight tooth-and-nail as an advocate for justice. ”

Grace Pandithurai, J.D., 2010 Assistant District Attorney

“"The program at Regent is incredibly rigorous — but it's just a wonderful environment to learn and grow, and it's been invaluable in my life."”

Katherine Nace, J.D., 2015

“I use the knowledge I gained at Regent every single day.”

Ann Buwalda, Juris Doctor (J.D.), 1990 2020 Alumnus of the Year; Managing Attorney & Founder of Just Law International PC