Financial services is a rapidly growing industry in need of rising leaders. Individuals who can help successfully manage wealth now and for the future are in high demand.
- Master's degree. Master's of Family and Consumer Sciences (MFCS) with family financial planning specialization program: 36 credits
- FFP certificate. Family Financial Planning graduate certificate program: 18 credits
Our programs are registered with the CFP Board of Standards and the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning allowing for progress toward leading certifications in financial planning and financial counseling.
Why study financial planning?
The family financial planning online programs prepare you to work in the growing financial planning field. Financial planners work in the following environments:
- In companies such as banks, insurance companies, and brokerage firms
- In employee benefits and pension departments of all types of corporations
- In their own personal practice, with their own clientele
Diverse career specializations
Interested in learning about job opportunities for certified financial planners? Learn about them on the Certified Financial Planner job board.
About the program
Iowa State is a member of Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA), a consortium of universities that have come together to offer fully online degree programs. Family Financial Planning through Iowa State University and the partnership of Great Plains IDEA means you interact with leading faculty nationwide.
Master's programThe MFCS with Family Financial Planning specialization online program consists of:
- 24 credits in core courses (8 courses)
- 12 credits as elective courses (4 courses)
- 36 total credits (12 courses) total
FFP graduate certificate programThe Family Financial Planning (FFP) graduate certificate program consists of 6 required 3-credit courses:
- FFP 540: Estate Planning for Families
- FFP 545: Families, Employment Benefits, and Retirement Planning
- FFP 555: Insurance Planning for Families
- FFP 565: Personal Income Taxation
- FFP 583: Investing for the Family's Future
- FFP 595: Financial Planning Case Studies (take 1 semester before graduation)
ISU course grid
Download an ISU course grid showing the required and elective courses for the master's and certificate programs.
You may take up to nine graduate credit hours as a non-degree seeking student before being formally admitted to the program. If you are interested in taking courses as a non-degree student, please start with the Admissions Office and contact firstname.lastname@example.org.