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GPIDEA Family Financial Planning

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The need for personal and family financial planning is greater than ever.  U.S. News & World Report states that “this is expected to be one of the faster-growing occupations over the next decade, with a projected growth rate of 30 percent through 2024, according to the Labor Department… The retirement of baby boomers in need of financial planning advice is one driver of the expected growth.”

The U.S. News & World Report ranks family financial planning as the third best business job in 2017, with a median salary of nearly $90,000.  Financial planners consistently report an increase in average annual gross earnings after receiving their CFP® certification.  Common job titles include: Wealth strategist; Financial planning analyst; Director of family wealth; Financial coach.

Master's Degree. The 36 credit-hour master's degree program in Financial Planning consists of eight 3-credit courses and twelve credits of elective course work. Students work with their academic adviser on appropriate course selection and sequence.

Graduate Certificates. The 18 credit-hour graduate certificate program in Financial Planning is designed for students who want graduate coursework that meets the educational requirement to take the CFP® Certification Examination but who do not need a Master's degree.  The 18 credit-hour graduate certificate program in Financial and Housing Counseling  is designed for students who want graduate coursework that meets the educational requirement to take the AFC® Certification Examination but who do not need a Master's degree.

Details and Program Specifics


Great Plains IDEA Website on Family Financial Planning has the most current information on:

  • Costs
  • Course Planner and Program Summary
  • What you will learn in the program
  • How this program advances your career
  • Student handbook

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Learn more about NDSU, GPIDEA, the program, how to apply, what to expect, and how to find funding by visiting with our faculty. We love visiting with students - this is a big decision and we are here to help, every step of the way!

The faculty contact for the Family Financial Planning online programs is: Dr. Jim Deal | 701-231-7568 | jim.deal@ndsu.edu


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