Financial Counseling and Planning Degree

Is a degree in Financial Counseling and Planning right for you?

If you are looking for a rewarding career helping people manage their finances, then Financial Counseling and Planning is for you. In this major you will combine your passion for helping others with training in personal finance and counseling. The family resource management and interpersonal skills that you develop will help families thrive.

Whether you work as a financial counselor, financial planner, personal investment adviser, loan officer, or community educator, your knowledge and expertise will be in high demand.

The Financial Counseling and Planning major is available through the Human Development and Family Studies department.

Show me the money!

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that employment of personal financial advisers is projected to grow 32% in the next 10 years, a rate that is much faster than the average for all occupations. The BLS also reports median pay of $64,750 per year for financial advisers, nearly twice the average for all other occupations in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Diversified options

As a student in the Financial Counseling and Planning major you have choices. The curriculum allows you to emphasize:

  • Financial planning
  • Financial counseling
  • General family financial studies

In all of your coursework you’ll learn how to deal with individual and family financial needs from professors who are experts in family finance, human development and family studies, psychology, sociology, and economics.

Based on your specific career goals, you can select a path to fulfill the education requirements for the leading professional designations and certifications in financial counseling and planning.