Application Deadlines

The program has a rolling application, and students may submit materials at any time, but please allow 4 weeks to process the application.

Required Tests

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for this program.

International Applicants

English proficiency scores with the following minimums: TOEFL (80), IELTS (level 6.5), or PTE (54), are required for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and are not from countries where English is the official language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. or if the student is from a country where the English proficiency score is waived.

Please see our International application process page for a list of countries where the english proficiency score is waived as well as more information on applying as an International student.

Additional Admission Requirements

For additional required admission documents please see program website or view list of requirements in the graduate application portal.


This program helps working professionals who already have bachelor's degrees start careers assisting people with personal finances. The program is conducted in cooperation with the Board of Standards for the Certified Financial Planner program. Successful students will be eligible to take the Certified Financial Planner Certification Examination.

The Family Financial Planning program is offered through the Great Plains Distance Education Alliance, a consortium of eight mid-western and western land-grant universities, including:

  • Iowa State University
  • Kansas State University
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • North Dakota State University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • South Dakota State University
  • Montana State University

Montana State University Family Financial Planning students can expect to take approximately 2 to 3 three-credit online courses from each of the participating institutions throughout the course of their degree, benefiting from shared resources and shared intellectual expertise.

Students choose one of the eight institutions as their home, where they are officially enrolled as graduate students. Advisors are faculty members from the home school. Students enroll in all courses through their home schools. Neither coursework nor cost varies by institution.