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Why study Family Financial Planning online through OSU?

If you are passionate about helping people reach their financial goals and dreams, the Master of Science in Family Financial Planning prepares you for a career creating and delivering financial strategies. This online program also represents a great next step for professionals looking to make a career change, as coursework is well-suited for individuals with skill sets outside of finance.


This 36-hour master’s program is offered 100-percent online and can be completed at your desired pace. Courses are semester-based and coursework must be completed to meet assignment deadlines. Typically, students complete the master's program in three years, taking one or two courses a semester.



The curriculum includes topics such as estate planning, retirement planning, insurance planning, investing, personal income tax, financial counseling for families, housing and real estate and military family financial issues.

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification is the standard of excellence in financial planning. Our program is a CFP® Board-Registered program that satisfies the educational requirement to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination. CFP® professionals meet rigorous education, training and ethical standards and are committed to serving their clients' best interests today to prepare them for a more secure tomorrow.

Certificate in Family Financial Planning also available (18 credit hours)

Course information



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Students may apply in fall, spring or summer. It is recommended that application materials be submitted at least three months prior to the preferred starting term. To apply, submit the following:

  • Graduate College application 
  • Professional resume
  • Professional goal statement: Describe your professionals goals and explain how completion of the program will support those goals. 
  • Three professional letters of reference on letterhead
  • One official transcript from each college or university attended

* A GRE test score is not required.



Tuition rates for this program are the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. Students are responsible for textbooks and course materials.

2022-2023 Estimated Cost
Total cost per credit hour $600
Total cost per 3-credit hour course $1,800
Estimated total program cost $21,600



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