Kansas State University


Personal Financial Planning

A Message From Our Program Director

By Kristy Archuleta, Ph.D., LMFT


PFP is always on the move to make K-State PFP the best in the nation! In fact, each year before the Fall semester begins, the PFP faculty and staff convene to evaluate our movement towards our strategic goals and identify the year’s priorities to keep us moving forward. It is my pleasure to share some of our program’s updates in this message!



First, on behalf of the PFP faculty and staff, we extend a warm welcome to our newest team member, Dr. HanNa Lim. Dr. Lim earned her B.S. and M.S. in Consumer Science from Seoul National University and her Ph.D. in Family Resource Management from the Ohio State University. Most recently, she has served as a senior researcher at Samsung Life Insurance in Seoul, South Korea. This year, she will be teaching courses in both the B.S. and Ph.D. programs. Her research areas include college students’ financial wellness and the effect of family relationship on financial behaviors. In Dr. Lim’s spare time, she enjoys playing violin! Welcome Dr. Lim!

In other exciting news, our new curriculum for the M.S. program has been approved! The M.S. degree will remain a degree in Personal Financial Planning but will now offer three tracks for students. The first track combines two of our graduate certificate programs, including financial therapy and personal financial planning. The second track is geared for the existing financial planner who already has the CFP® certification. This track combines the financial therapy graduate certificate, advanced financial planning courses in retirement and estate, and related elective courses. The third track focuses on financial planning and includes the personal financial planning graduate certificate, advanced financial planning courses in estate and retirement planning, and related elective courses. For more information about our new M.S. program, please visit www.ipfp.ksu.edu or email ipfp@ksu.edu.

In collaboration with K-State’s Global campus, we are increasing the access to our nationally recognized undergraduate program by taking it online! We are currently working with 2-year colleges across Kansas to develop transition agreements in order to help students who aspire to work in financial services and related careers to have a clear pathway towards baccalaureate degree completion on-campus or online. You can learn more about the online Personal Financial Planning B.S. program here, and reading the recent new release.

Finally, we want to celebrate the many contributions Dr. Ann Coulson has made to the Personal Financial Planning program. Many of you reading this newsletter had Dr. Coulson as a professor and she made an impact on your life by sharing her wisdom and knowledge about financial planning or lending her support of your endeavors. I was once a student of Dr. Coulson as well and can speak first hand to her the tremendous mentoring and tutelage she provides to her students. This summer, Dr. Coulson transitioned off campus to begin phased retirement. Although she will continue to teach in the PFP graduate certificate program, we miss her physical presence in the office.


With so much happening in our programs, it is a difficult task to keep the program updates short. If you would like to engage with our faculty and/or students, please contact myself or any of our faculty members. If you are interested in investing in our program, please contact Dana Hunter, director of development for the college of Human Ecology at the Kansas State University Foundation.

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