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Consumer Sciences, concentration in Family Financial Planning and Counseling


Program Overview

Learn to guide clients to reach their financial goals by earning your bachelor’s degree in HES, Consumer Sciences, concentration in Family and Financial Planning and Counseling. This program will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue your professional aspirations in financial planning and related careers.

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Help Others Make Financial Decisions

Our program teaches sound personal finance principles to help your clients reduce their debt, build an emergency fund, develop a budget, make investments and many other important skills. By studying consumer sciences, you will develop a holistic approach to financial planning that focuses on improving individual and family quality of life through the effective use of resources and informed consumer behavior.

Students who successfully complete the concentration may sit for the CFP Certification Examination that leads to the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification.

The degree fulfills the educational requirement to sit for the Accredited Financial Counselor® exam, which is offered through the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education®.

The University of Alabama does not certify individuals to use the CFP®, Certified Financial Planner™ and CFP (with flame logo) ® certification marks. Only the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., grants CFP certification to those persons who, in addition to completing an educational requirement such as this CFP Board Registered Program, have met ethics, experience and examination requirements.

  • Application DeadlineApplications accepted year round
  • Fees$10 undergraduate HES fee (per hour)
  • RankingListed #1 in the South by the independent financial advisor's industry magazine, "Financial Planning"
  • AccreditationBoard of Standards for Certified Financial Planners
  • Are test scores required?ACT and SAT scores are not required through the Fall 2022 entry term


This 120 semester hour program includes General Education requirements, Major courses, Family Financial Planning & Counseling courses and electives. Please note that courses are subject to change.

Major Courses

  • CSM 201  Individual Family Resource Management
  • CSM 204  Introduction to Personal Financial Planning
  • CSM 303  Intro to Consumer Economics
  • CSM 381  Consumer Marketing Management or MKT 300 Marketing
  • CSM 401  Consumer Protection
  • CSM 405  Public Policy
  • ST 260 Statistical Data Analysis or BER 345 Educational Statistics

View more information about this program through the University’s catalog.

Family Financial Planning and Counseling Courses

  • AC 210  Accounting
  • CSM 300  Time Value of Money
  • CSM 400  Personal Insurance Planning and Management
  • CSM 404  Personal Investment Planning and Management
  • CSM 410  Personal Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits
  • CSM 440  Personal Estate Planning
  • CSM 454  Personal Income Tax Management and Planning
  • CSM 458  Using Spreadsheets for Financial Decision Making
  • CSM 459  Consumer Counseling Skills
  • CSM 460  Financial Planning Case Study Capstone
  • HD 262  Marriage and Family or TH 114 Intro to Theater


To apply for formal admission to any of the undergraduate degree programs offered through UA Online, you must complete an admissions application and submit transcripts from all colleges previously attended. Transfer students considering admission should review UA’s transfer information and policies.

Applicants must meet one of the following admission requirements:

  • If you have earned more than 24 college-level credit hours at the time of your application to the University, you will need to meet the transfer student admission requirement of a minimum 2.0 overall college GPA.
  • If you have earned less than 24 college-level credit hours at the time of your application to the University, you will need to meet both the 2.0 overall college GPA required for transfer students, as well as Admission Requirements for Freshmen Students. If high school graduation was more than four years ago, ACT/SAT scores are not required.

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