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:
Earn a degree that will prepare you to enter a valuable, growing industry.
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:
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:
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.
SNHU's bachelor's in financial planning program includes:
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:
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 Program
Programs in the School of Business require learners to complete the business core program, which includes a variety of business-specific courses. This program focuses on 10 core competencies to prepare you for success wherever you go.
Total Credits: 120
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.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
Southern New Hampshire University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education as well as several other accrediting bodies.