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Human Development and Family Science
Dept. 2615 PO Box 6050
Fargo, North Dakota, 58108, United States
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.
Certificate or Non-degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Certificate in Financial and Housing Counseling
Certificate or Non-degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Certificate in Family Financial Planning
Master's, M.S., Master of Science in Human Development and Family Science, Family Financial Planning Option
Joel M. Hektner
Professor and Dept. Head
Student Recruitment Coordinator
Students who are interested in a professional career helping families and individuals plan for retirement, investing, housing, insurance needs, etc. Students could have a bachelor's degree in any field, as well as experience related to working with individuals or families.