Personal Financial Planning concentration approved at BenU Mesa

February 28, 2018

Mesa, AZ ~ Benedictine University Mesa announced today that it will now offer a new concentration for Accounting and Management & Organizational Behavior majors. Starting this fall, students may now elect to follow a Personal Financial Planning concentration in addition to Managing Human Resources, Sports Management and Business Analytics. 

The PFP route will prepare students for a career path that is expected to grow upwards of 30% annually through 2024, according to BLS. 

"The students are very excited to have a new concentration available in such a growing field. Some have already changed to concentrating in Personal Financial Planning," said Cyndi Laurin, Program Director and Assistant Professor of the Business Administration programs. 

The four courses that constitute the concentration are FINA 220 - Personal Financial Planning, FINA 310 - Money and Financial Markets, FINA 320 - Investments and FINA 335 – Risk Management. Each course teaches students on variety of subjects related to the financial system, including monetary theories, tax planning, cash management, estate planning, security evaluation methods, portfolio management strategies and risk management issues. 

Despite the victory, Dr. Laurin insists this is just the first step to a much larger project.

"With so many financial planning employers in the Valley, the next step is getting our proposed Bachelor of Business Administration in Personal Financial Planning through the approval process. It has been submitted to the main campus [in Lisle] and is awaiting approval," Dr. Laurin said.

For more information on the Personal Financial Planning concentration, or to learn about one of BenU Mesa’s alternative programs, including its Certificate of Financial Planning (CFP®) training course, which remains the only face-to-face CFP course in Arizona, you may email Dr. Laurin at


Benedictine University Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine was named among "America's Top Colleges" for the seventh consecutive year in 2017 by Forbes magazine. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (602) 888-5500, or visit

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