Buies Creek, N.C.— Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law in Raleigh became the new home for the Master of Trust and Wealth Management (MTWM) program in June. The MTWM program is an evening graduate level degree program offered by Campbell’s Lundy-Fetterman School of Business. Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the CFP® certification examinations.
Jimmy Witherspoon, Director of the Master of Trust and Wealth Management program, said, “The law school location is much more convenient for our target market. The large financial institutions, law firms and brokerages houses are at our doorstep in downtown Raleigh. In addition, a number of students in the Campbell University School of Law are enrolled in the joint JD/MTWM program. The MTWM students will have access to another important Campbell resource, the Norman Adrian Wiggin’s School of Law Library. The change in location is a huge step forward in increasing the resources available to the students and in the visibility of this unique degree program. ”
Students enrolled in the program in Raleigh attend two night classes per week to earn a master’s degree in 12 months. Students must begin the program cycle in mid-August and will complete the program the following August. The faculty is composed of seasoned attorneys and investment experts with “real world” trust experience, Witherspoon said.
Applicants for the MTWM program are admitted in two categories, Full Standing or Provisional admission. Full Standing applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, fulfillment of all prerequisite courses, an undergraduate GPA of 2.7, a GMAT score of 450 (or LSAT score of 150). If the applicant does not meet these requirements, he or she may still be eligible for provisional admission. There are currently 14 students enrolled in the Raleigh program.
“It’s a small program with great potential,” said Witherspoon. “Campbell University offers the only graduate and undergraduate Trust and Wealth Management degree programs in the country. Campbell’s Raleigh location definitely fulfills a need in the Triangle Area.”
The Master of Trust and Wealth Management program was established to enable graduate students to develop the fiduciary skills which will help them succeed in the wealth management arena. Students are expected to gain expertise in the core areas of personal financial planning, estate and trust administration, risk management, insurance, compliance, portfolio management, tax planning and sales. The program is oriented toward providing the skill sets necessary for positions within the wealth management field.
“While most of the MTWM students are already employed in the financial services industry (or are attorneys or CPAs interested in expanding their practice into this field) completing the MTWM degree program is wonderful preparation to enter the trust industry,” saidWitherspoon.
The MTWM program was created in 2002 but the University has offered the undergraduate trust program for over forty years. As graduates of the MTWM program students join a network of over 2,000 trust graduates nationwide. The University makes every effort to place MTWM graduates with the various major financial institutions. While MTWM graduates hoping to enter the industry must be open to relocation, good jobs and a rewarding career are out there even in bad economic conditions, Witherspoon added.
The application deadline is in the next few weeks for those interested in beginning the program in mid-August 2010. For more information about the MTWM program, contact Jimmy Witherspoon, Director, Trust Program, at 910-893-1387 or at [email protected]. You may also contact Emily Holliday, Director of Graduate Program Admissions, Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, at 910-814-4308 or at [email protected].