Family Financial Planning – Master’s

Family Financial Planning

Family financial planning is a rapidly growing industry in need of rising leaders. Individuals who can help successfully manage personal wealth now and for the future are in high demand.


Our programs are registered with the CFP Board of Standards and the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning, allowing you to progress toward leading certifications in financial planning and financial counseling.

The family financial planning online programs prepare you to work in the growing financial planning field. A master’s in family financial planning from Iowa State University allows you to have diverse career specializations in areas like real estate and community education. You will also gain the skills necessary to work in the following environments:

  • Companies such as banks, insurance companies, and brokerage firms
  • Employee benefits and pension departments of all types of corporations
  • Your own personal practice, with your own clientele

Diverse career specializations

  • Insurance
  • Real estate
  • Investing
  • Retirement planning
  • Personal taxation
  • Financial counseling
  • Community education

Interested in learning about job opportunities for certified financial planners? Learn about them on the Certified Financial Planner job board.

Collaborative Advantage of IDEA

The Innovative Digital Education Alliance

Achieve your personal and professional goals through convenient, flexible, high-quality coursework you can complete anytime, anywhere. As a student in Iowa State University’s Family Financial Planning Master’s program, you will learn from expert faculty who bring real-life experience to the coursework and are committed to helping you transition your learning beyond the online classroom into your career.

The Family Financial Planning Master’s program is part of a consortium of universities connected through IDEA. While Iowa State University is your home university where you will apply, register for courses and receive your diploma, you’ll benefit from the diverse perspectives and unique strengths brought by classmates and expert faculty at partner universities.

Learn more about the IDEA program at Iowa State.

Admissions Requirements

Graduate College Requirements:

  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency

For specific program requirements, visit the Graduate College Website


Total Credits: 30
The Course Planner provides a list of courses and shows when they are traditionally offered.

Non-degree credits
You may take up to nine graduate credit hours as a non-degree-seeking student before being formally admitted to the program. If you are interested in taking courses as a non-degree student, please start by applying as a non-degree student through the Admissions Office and contact to schedule your courses.


As a member IDEA, all students pay universal tuition. For more information, visit the IDEA website.

The Innovative Digital Education Alliance

IDEA Contacts

Gilda Figueroa
Campus Coordinator
2624 Howe Hall

David Welshhons
Graduate Student Services Specialist
2624 Howe Hall

Dr. Jonathan Fox
Faculty Adviser

1317 Palmer