BSHES in Personal Financial Planning with Emphasis in Financial Counseling

Degree Program Description

Financial Counseling emphasis brings together a sound knowledge of personal finance with a solid background in counseling.  Courses cover personal finance, social work, and human development and family science. In addition to preparing students to work with individuals and families in a wide range of financial service occupations, this emphasis area develops tools needed to help address the human issues often accompanying financial problems. Students may prepare for the Certified Retirement Counselor® (CRC®) or Certified Retirement Administrator® (CRA®) designation, or take the exam that leads to earning the Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC) designation.

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Major Program Requirements

Professional Program

The Professional Program is comprised of three areas listed below:  departmental core requirements, supporting coursework, and professional specialization courses. To be admitted to the Financial Counseling emphasis area, students must have a University of Missouri cumulative GPA of at least a 2.25, based on at least 50 credits attempted.  Students who wish to pursue a Financial Counseling emphasis areas must earn at least a grade of C (2.0) or better in FINPLN 2183 and FINPLN 3283 to move to the professional program. A grade in the D range is allowed in only one course in the professional program (unless otherwise noted), regardless of emphasis area. 

Departmental Core Requirements

FINPLN 2083Financial Planning Careers *1
FINPLN 2183Personal and Family Finance *3
FINPLN 3282Financial Counseling *3
FINPLN 3283Financial Planning: Computer Applications *3
FINPLN 4187Tax Planning3
FINPLN 4188Community Agencies and Volunteerism3
FINPLN 4380WAssessing the American Dream - Writing Intensive3
FINPLN 4382Financial Planning: Risk Management3
FINPLN 4383Financial Planning: Investment Management3
FINPLN 4387Consumer and Household Economics3
Total Credits28

Supporting Coursework 

ECONOM 1014Principles of Microeconomics *3
or AG_EC 1041 Applied Microeconomics
ECONOM 1015Principles of Macroeconomics *3
or AG_EC 1042 Applied Macroeconomics
ECONOM 3229Money, Banking and Financial Markets3
MANGMT 3540Introduction to Business Law3
MATH 1400Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I3
PSYCH 1000General Psychology3
SOCIOL 1000Introduction to Sociology3
ACCTCY 2036Accounting I3
or ACCTCY 2010 Introduction to Accounting
STAT 2500Introduction to Probability and Statistics I3
Total Credits27

Professional Specialization Requirements

FINPLN 4993Internship in Personal Financial Planning3
H_D_FS 4610Stress and Resilience in Families3
H_D_FS 4620Family Interaction3
H_D_FS 4630The Process of Divorce3
SOC_WK 2000Exploration in Social and Economic Justice3
or SOC_WK 2000W Exploration in Social and Economic Justice - Writing Intensive
SOC_WK 4710Social Justice and Social Policy3
Total Credits18

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Semester Plan

A sample plan is not currently available. Contact the department for additional information.

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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