BSHES in Personal Financial Planning

Degree Program Description

Personal Financial Planning prepares students to play a role in improving the financial well-being of individuals and families by providing affordable, unbiased education and counseling in all areas of personal finance. The curriculum emphasizes the complimentary relationship between factors that affect financial decisions and economics and financial analysis techniques. Graduates excel in providing client–centered financial management advice, and are employed as financial planners, Extension agents, and consultants or counselors in financial, social, educational, legal, and government agencies.

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Major Program Requirements

The BSHES in Personal Financial Planning offers three emphasis areas:  Personal Financial Planning, Financial Counseling, and Personal Financial Management Services. Professional program requirements are listed at the emphasis level.

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Semester Plan

A sample plan of study has not been designed for this major. Students should contact the academic department for assistance with academic planning. 

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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.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

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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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