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Online Bachelor’s Degree BS in Finance Financial Planning

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Prepare to Become a CFP® Professional with an online Financial Planning Degree

The world of personal finance is changing rapidly. Driving the change are baby boomers, who are not only retiring in record numbers but also living longer and shifting from pensions to personal investments. Couple that with rising retirement in the finance industry and the result is unprecedented demand for a new breed of financial planners.

SNHU's CFP Board-registered online Bachelor of Science in Finance with a concentration in Financial Planning prepares students for a rewarding career, guiding people toward the achievement of their personal financial goals. Graduates will receive required foundational knowledge in the main areas of financial planning including investments, retirement and estate planning, risk management and taxes. Earn a degree from an online program that:

  • Meets educational requirements to sit for the CFP® exam 
  • Provides real-world learning through industry-leading trading simulation software
  • Examines financial markets, wealth management, and financial regulation and ethics
  • Incorporates the leading industry standards to help you gain the expertise you need to guide clients through key investment and financial decisions

Earn a degree that will prepare you to enter a valuable, growing industry.

See Yourself Succeed in Financial Planning

SNHU's financial planning program is ideal for individuals with a solid mix of interpersonal and analytical skills, who are strong communicators and have the desire to help clients make thoughtful choices and navigate life's most important financial decisions.

You'll use industry-leading trading simulation software (TD Ameritrade U) to develop those skills and advise clients on their financial goals, applying your knowledge of tax and investment strategies, securities, insurance, pension plans and real estate.

As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your finance degree at SNHU include:

  • Affordability. Take advantage of some of the most affordable tuition rates in the nation
  • Convenience. Attend class when it's convenient for you - online education means 24/7 access
  • Efficiency and flexibility. Complete your undergraduate degree at your own pace, over six 8-week terms per year
  • Expert instruction. Learn from instructors with relevant, real-world experience
  • Networking. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni for internship and career opportunities
  • Simple application process. Just fill out an online undergraduate application, and we'll retrieve U.S. transcripts from your previous institutions and automatically complete an official credit evaluation. Plus, there's no application fee
  • Student support. Count on the ongoing support of dedicated academic and career advisors specialized in your area of study
  • Transfer-friendly enrollment. Transfer up to 90 credits toward an undergraduate degree

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of personal financial advisors is projected to grow 14% through 2026, putting job demand ahead of the national average.* Whether you're looking to enter the field or change careers, SNHU's online financial planning degree can prepare you to pursue a wide range of jobs in finance, insurance, business and banking.

Potential job titles include:

  • Financial planner
  • Personal financial advisor
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial manager
  • Budget analysts
  • Securities, commodities and financial services agent


The online financial planning program will give you a foundation in finance with an added focus in financial advising and planning. Coursework will prepare you to assess clients' assets, liabilities, cash flow, insurance coverage, tax status and retirement considerations, while meeting the education coursework requirement for the CFP® certification exam. Following completion of this highly interactive and forward-thinking program, you'll also be equipped - after securing proper licensure - to advise clients through a wide range of financial services, including investments, insurance, mortgages, college savings, estate planning, taxes and retirement.

Courses To Prepare You For Your Career

SNHU's bachelor's in financial planning program includes:

  • General education
  • Business core
  • Degree-specific courses

General Education Program

Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:

  • Writing
  • Communication
  • Analysis
  • Problem solving

All undergraduate students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.

Business Core

Revised for fall 2020, our undergraduate business programs contain 10 cutting-edge business courses. These core courses are designed to help prepare you for success wherever you go.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $960 $320 $9,600
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)
$675 $225 $6,750

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.

Additional Costs
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Licensure and Certification Disclosures

SNHU has provided additional information for programs that educationally prepare students for professional licensure or certification. Learn more about what that means for your program on our licensure and certification disclosure page.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the Internet, at (viewed online November 6, 2017). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.