Family Financial Planning

Family Financial Planning Master of Science (M.S.)

Students in this specialization enhance personal financial knowledge, complete a master's degree and develop competencies that can lead to the Certified Financial Planner designation by the CFP International Board of Standards. The program focuses on the efforts of households to improve their economic well-being through effective use of resources, and on the economic and social systems that enhance or constrain these efforts. The degree prepares students for further graduate study or for work in human services, Cooperative Extension, the private sector or the public sector. This online financial planning curriculum lets you do course work when it's convenient for you. 

The program was developed by Great Plains IDEA, a consortium of ten Midwestern universities, including the University of Nebraska. You can complete the program through any of the participating universities. When you select the University of Nebraska, you will take classes from the other participating universities: Iowa State, Kansas State, Montana State, North Dakota State, Oklahoma State University, and South Dakota State. Your credits from those institutions will be placed on your NU transcript.

Students in this program will:

  • Apply a systems approach in working with individuals and families relative to financial management
  • Integrate financial planning content areas (housing & real estate, insurance, investments, personal income taxation, retirement, and estate planning) into the development of financial plans and targeted financial planning recommendations that meet specific individual and family need sets
  • Effectively apply verbal, written, and graphic communication and presentation skills to client presentations
  • Synthesize and integrate complex and conflicting information sources into cohesive, defendable recommendations for clients


  • Insurance
  • Real Estate
  • Investments
  • Retirement
  • Tax and Estate Planning

Application to this program

Course Registration

Your campus coordinator will send instructions and course registration materials for each course. You will register for the course and pay tuition and fees to your home institution.

Course Enrollment

There is only one enrollment process you need to complete through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, even though the course may be taught by another institution. All course-work completed will immediately be recorded on your UNL-transcript. During the 2019-20 academic year the cost of a three credit course is $1,740. You may enroll by completing a registration form that will be e-mailed to you 2-3 months before the semester/summer courses begin. A deadline for enrollment is established to allow sufficient time for Great Plains IDEA Universities to share course enrollment information and communicate course information to you prior to the beginning of classes. Upon processing of your registration, you will receive a bill.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition is $580.00 per credit hour for all distance education graduate students as of Fall 2019. Anticipate yearly increases in tuition.

Required materials:

Graduate Studies Application
Unofficial Transcripts
Statement of Professional Goals
Three Letters of Reference
Other Application Materials

Degree Requirements

The master's degree program requires 36 semester credit hours. Most students complete the master's program in three years while working a full-time job. The degree, a Master of Science in Child, Youth and Family Studies with a specialization in Family Financial Planning, is made up of the following courses:

Core Courses:

Elective Courses:

(Only 9 credits of elective courses required)

*These courses are required for the Family Financial Planning Certificate. Students wishing to receive a certificate while pursuing their Master's Degree should speak with their advisor.

Faculty advising students in this program area include: