Family Financial Planning

Dr. Deborah Haynes
Department of Health and Human Development
217 Herrick Hall, Bozeman, MT  59717-3540
406-994-5013 Email:

The Family Financial Planning master's degree is a 42-credit distance degree program that is offered through a consortium of eight mid-western and western land-grant universities through Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GP-IDEA).  The program is registered with the Certified Financial Planner® Board of Standards and meets the education criteria for individuals who wish to fulfill the education component for obtaining CFP® certification.  Students may also take the six core courses to fulfill this CFP® education requirement, rather than the full master's program. As a participating university in this consortium, Montana State University offers two of the twelve required courses, in addition to the three-credit practicum experience and three-credit professional paper. The program is designed to be a part-time program for fully or partially employed students. 

Applicants apply at their home institution and take approximately two to three 3-credit courses via distance delivery from each of the participating universities, at a uniform tuition rate determined by the consortium.  More information is available at

Program Requirements:

(subject to change - check with program contact)

HDFP 510Fundamentals of Family Financial Planning3
HDFP 515Insurance Planning for Families3
HDFP 520Investing for Family's Future3
HDFP 525Retirement Planning, Employee Benefits, and Families3
HDFP 530Estate Planning for Families3
HDFP 540Personal Income Taxation3
HDFP 545Family Theory and Research I3
HDFP 550Housing/Real Estate3
HDFP 555Financial Counseling3
HDFP 560Professional Practices in Family Financial Planning3
HDFP 572Financial Plan Case Studies3
HDFP 575Professional Paper3
HDFP 576Professional Practicum3
Total Credits42

Financial Assistance

The program does qualify for financial aid.  However, it is a self-supporting program and as such is not eligible for faculty and staff fee waivers through the MUS system.