Changes in demographics, life span, retirement and costs of education are a handful of the many reasons financial planners are recognized as invaluable partners in planning for one's future. Financial planners work in companies such as banks, insurance companies, and brokerage firms, or in employee benefits and pension departments of all types of corporations. Others choose to establish their own personal practice, with their own clientele. Financial planners are increasingly in demand as Americans seek advisers to help manage their income, assets, and debts.
The online Human Sciences-Family Financial Planning M.S. and graduate certificate options will enhance personal finance knowledge, gain eligibility to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination, increase networking opportunities, and improve career options.
To learn more about the program, contact Dr. Soo Hyun Cho.
The 36 credit hour master's degree program consists of nine 3-credit courses taken in any order with the Financial Planning Case Study course designed as a capstone to the program. The remaining nine credit-hours are supervised experiences or projects in family financial planning.
The 18 credit-hour graduate certificate program in Family Financial Planning is designed for students who want graduate coursework that meets the educational requirement to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination but who do not need a Master's degree.*
In collaboration with the Association for Financial Planning and Counseling Education (AFCPE), students successfully completing the 18 credit-hour Financial & Housing Counseling (FHC) Certificate program will be able to sit for the Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC) examination or the Certified Housing Counselor (CHC) examination.
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM, and CFP (with flame logo)®, which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements. This title may be used only by individuals who complete the CRP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements.
South Dakota State University does not certify individuals to use the CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM title and CFP (with flame logo)® certification marks. CFP® Certification is granted only by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to those persons who, in addition to completing an educational requirement such as this CFP Board-Registered Program, have met its ethics, experience and examination requirements.
GPIDEA, an inter-institutional academic alliance, allows institutions working together to provide fully online programs that are greater in reach and significance than any single institution could field alone.
The Alliance was founded in 1994 capitalizing on the institutional resources and expertise of major research universities to sponsor in high-demand programs that are delivered through online learning technologies.