Message from the Faculty Leader

The MS in Financial Planning program offers a balance of theoretical concepts and practical applications. The courses are taught by full-time faculty, financial professionals, and industry thought leaders. This program provides students with an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become a financial planner. It consists of the core CFP® curriculum and offers two concentrations in Financial Analytics and Behavioral Finance.

In the financial analytics track, students will take three courses focused on the analytical skills in education planning, insurance, investments, employee benefits, retirement planning, tax planning, and estate planning. After completing this concentration, students will have the analytical knowledge and skills to confront complex financial planning situations. The behavioral finance concentration focuses on client decision-making and how it deviates from the “optimal” choice. The course provides a framework for why people deviate from the optimal choice and the consequences of their decision.

Collin Slabach

Join us to obtain a master’s degree from New York University, qualify to sit for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) Exam, and acquire the knowledge and skills that set you apart from other financial planning professionals.

Colin M. Slabach
, PhD CFP®
Faculty Lead and Clinical Assistant Professor
MS in Financial Planning
NYU School of Professional Studies
Division of Programs in Business


Colin M. Slabach, PhD CFP® is the faculty lead for the Master’s in Financial Planning program at the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYU SPS), within its Division of Programs in Business. Before joining NYU SPS, he was an assistant professor of retirement at The American College of Financial Services and assistant director of the New York Life Center for Retirement Income. He attended Texas Tech University, where he received his doctorate and master’s degree in personal financial planning, along with a graduate certificate in charitable giving. He also has the Retirement Income Certified Professional (RICP®) designation and is passionate about researching financial well-being, behavioral finance, retirement planning, and charitable giving. He serves on the advisory board for the Financial Planning Association NexGen. He is involved in other organizations such as the Financial Management Association (FMA), Society of Financial Service Professionals (FSP), and Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education (AICPE).