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Family Financial Planning (M.S.)

Financial guidance to help families reach their unique goals and dreams.

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People rely on the most organized, wisest of financial minds to help them make decisions about their money—SDSU’s Master’s in Human Sciences—Family Financial Planning online graduate program prepares you for a career in serving private clientele, corporations and government entities in many financial areas such as: 

  • Estate and retirement planning
  • Investment advising
  • Insurance and risk management
  • Basic cash flow and debt management
  • Employee benefits and pension departments
  • Tax planning

The program is formally approved by the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) Board.

Graduates can gain eligibility to sit for the CFP® Certification Exam.

Wherever you live, you can receive a Master’s in Human Sciences – Family and Financial Planning online graduate degree from SDSU.

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Finding your ideal career.

  • Wealth Strategist
  • Private Wealth Analyst
  • Retirement Plan Administrator
  • Mortgage Loan Officer
  • Manager of Financial Analysis and Planning
  • Director of Family Wealth
  • Financial Coach/Analyst
  • Finance or Product Manager
  • Director of Finance
  • Chief Financial Officer 

Professional Licensure and Certification

Click here for professional licensure and certification information.

Questions regarding Professional Licensure and Certification can also be directed to Continuing and Distance Education.

Program Contact

Dr. Kathryn Morrison
Assistant Professor
Consumer Sciences

SDSU GPIDEA Coordinator

Aimee Maher
Phone: 605-688-4154

SDSU Continuing and Distance Education

Phone: 605-688-4154

SDSU Graduate Admissions

Phone: 605-688-4181

Note: Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, 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 CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements. South Dakota State University does not certify individuals to use the CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ 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.