Montana State University

Family and Financial Planning

Larry J. Baker, Dean
College of Education, Health and Human Development
250 Reid Hall
Bozeman, MT  59717-2940
(406)994-6752
lbaker@montana.edu

Degree Offered

Masters Degree

The Family Financial Planning master's degree is a 42-credit distance degree program that is offered through a consortium of eight mid-western and western land grant universities.  The program is registered with the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® Board of Standards and meets the education criteria for individuals who wish to fulfill the education component for obtaining CFP® certification.  Students my also take the six core courses to fulfill this CFP® education requirement, rather than the full master's program. As a participating university in this consortium, Montana State University offers two of the twelve required courses, in addition to the three-credit practicum experience and three-credit professional paper.    The program is designed to be a part-time program for fully or partially employed students.  Students apply at their home institution and take approximately two to three 3-credit courses via distance delivery from each of the participating universities, at a uniform tuition rate determined by the consortium.  More information is available at http://www.montana.edu/montanagpidea/faq.htm .

Program Requirements: (subject to change - check with program contact)


Course

Sem.

Cr.

HDFP 510, Fundamentals of Financial Planning

Fall

3

HDFP 555, Financial Counseling

Spring

3

HDFP 545, Family Economics

Summer

3

HDFP 505, Family Systems

Fall

3

HDFP 515, Insurance Planning for Families

Spring

3

HDFP 550, Housing/Real Estate

Summer

3

HDFP 540, Personal Income Taxation

Fall

3

HDFP 530, Estate Planning for Families

Spring

3

HDFP 520, Investing for the Family's Future

Fall

3

HDFP 560, Professional Practices in Family Financial Planning

Spring

3

HDFP 525, Retirement Planning, Employee Benefits and the Family

Summer

3

HDFP 576, Professional Practicum

Spring (offered also in Fall and Summer)
Faller

3

HDFP 572, Financial Planning Case Studies

Fall

3

HDFP 575, Professional Paper

Spring (offered also in Fall and Summer)

3

 Financial Assistance
Currently, financial aid is not available for courses taken outside the MSU Extended University program, but work is underway for solving this problem.


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