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Personal and Consumer Finance

Strengthen your ability to develop financial well-being in yourself and your career by enhancing your understanding of personal and consumer finance principles.

Personal and Consumer Finance – Minor

The Personal and Consumer Finance minor at Montana State examines the lifecycle and ecological factors that influence the complexity of individual and family financial decision-making processes. This minor explores how to foster financial well-being with coursework that builds financial knowledge and capabilities to support others through formal and informal practices. The minor is designed to enhance the student’s major area of stud and is a strong complement to many majors including business, psychology, human development and family science.





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Accredited Financial Counselor®
The sequence of coursework prepares students to earn this nationally recognized certification.

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Financial Education
This minor provides a strong complement to secondary education majors in Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Social Studies Education. Seventeen states currently require coursework in personal finance for high school graduation.

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Individual and Family Well-Being
Coursework includes content and experiences that promote the development of well-being by building capacities to effectively manage resources and finances.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.



Personal and Consumer Science students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Financial Education
  • Private Financial Counseling
  • Banking
  • Community Education
  • Tax Counseling

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available, including self-assessment and working with career coaches.




Sample Course Plan

For more details on what your full study plan could look like under this minor, consult the official Montana State University course catalog for specific registration and advising information.