FCHD - Financial Planning Emphasis

The Department of Family and Consumer Studies now offers a major in Family, Community and Human Development with a Financial Planning Emphasis. This is a CFP® board registered program and fulfills the Education requirement.

What is a CFP®?

A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ supports and guides individuals and families in creating long-term plans to meet their financial goals. They continue to advise clients when those goals change over time due to shifting life circumstances.

Clients range from the new graduate to growing families to those well into retirement. As a CFP®, you can help these individuals navigate investments, student loans, budgets, mortgages, retirement savings, insurance, taxes, bequests, estate planning and many other financial situations.

How to become a CFP®

The 4 E’s

  • Education
  • Exam
  • Experience
  • Ethics

Detailed information about the 4 E’s can be found at www.cfp.net/get-certified/certification-process

Already have a bachelor’s degree? Check out the Professional Certificate in Financial Planning through the U: continue.utah.edu/proed/academy/certificate/financial-planning-certificate

At the University of Utah our online courses combine traditional online learning – where you study individually at home at your own pace – with interactive learning. Interactive learning increases your engagement with classmates and instructor, as well as with the materials covered. In this manner it improves learning outcomes. Our courses combine the flexibility of online teaching with the advantages and direct engagement of traditional teaching.

Interactive learning comes in a variety of ways:

  • Through group assignments, where you collaborate via email or a discussion forum to answer a problem set.
  • Through contributions to a discussion forum, where you directly respond to previous posts.
  • Through “peer reviews,” where you review and comment upon assignments from other students.

Our classes also offer multiple routes to stay connected and get help:

  • Converse directly with the instructor via email.
  • Participate in and guide online discussions.
  • Attend online office hours in discussion threads or on the phone.
  • Instructors are available in “real” office hours for students on or near campus; and (for some courses) we offer (voluntary) Q&A sessions in a classroom.


There are no pre-requisites to the FCHD major.

Students will complete 38 credits in the FCS department and 12 allied credits (most students who come to our program with previous college coursework have already fulfilled this requirement)

FCHD Core courses:

  • FCS 1500 Lifespan Human Development
  • FCS 2400 Modern Families
  • FCS 3200 Research Methods
  • FCS 3210 Statistics (Fulfills qualitative reasoning and Quantitative Intensive requirements)
  • FCS 3500 Financial Skills for Life (fulfills Quantitative Intensive requirement

Choose one community course. Online options are:

  • FCS 2180 Family School and Community Connections
  • FCS 3420 Housing Policy and Issues (fulfills upper division writing requirement)
  • FCS 3600 Consumer and Community Policy
  • FCS 4890 Internship (time spent at internship placement + online assignments).

Financial Planning Courses:

  • FCS 3500 is pre-requisite to these 4 courses


  • FCS 5510 Building family Wealth: Investment and Life Insurance Planning
  • FCS 5520 Retirement and Benefits Planning for Families


  • FCS 5530 Income Tax Planning for Families
  • FCS 5540 Protecting Family Wealth: Insurance and Estate Planning

Financial Planning Capstone Course:


  • FCS 5550 Family Financial Planning Capstone
    • Pre-reqs: FCS 3500, FCS 5510, FCS 5520, FCS 5530, FCS 5540

Choose on major elective course. Online options are:

  • A community course not used to fulfill the community requirement
  • FCS 2430 Family Health History
  • FCS 2600 Intro to Early Childhood Education
  • FCS 3215 Beginnings: Development in Infancy and Early Childhood
  • FCS 3370 Parenting Across Cultures (fulfills international requirement)
  • FCS 3380 Social Science and Medicine
  • FCS 3450 Family Economic Issues
  • FCS 5230 Adolescence
  • FCS 5380 Family Problems
  • FCS 5390 Gender and Minorities Across the Lifespan (fulfills diversity requirement)
  • FCS 5430 Families, Consumers, and Health

12 credit Allied requirement:

The goal of this requirement is to foster a broader educational base for FCHD majors, consistent with the general aims of a liberal arts degree. Courses from 35 different departments can count towards this requirement. See catalog or Degree Audit for list. Class must be completed with a letter grade of C- or better to count. The allied requirement is waived with the completion of a second major or a minor from any department.

To calculate an estimate of tuition costs please use the University of Utah Tuition Calculator. Tuition for online courses is based on residency and is the same whether you take an online or on campus course. Online students pay an additional $60 fee per course to cover the costs of operating online courses.

Please visit University of Utah’s tuition rate schedule for more information about tuition at the University of Utah. 

Bachelor of Science in Family, Community, and Human Development - Financial Planning Emphasis

CFP® professionals may work at large financial firms, small boutique firms or insurance companies. They can also start their own practices. No matter which path you choose, you can positively impact the lives of many as a trusted advisor, counselor and coach.

If you choose not to pursue a career as a CFP® some examples of careers that may interest you:

  • Human Resources
  • Customer Relations
  • Housing Counseling
  • Real Estate
  • Various positions at Banks and credit Unions
  • Tax Counseling and VITA (volunteer income tax assistance) programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Financial Literacy (ex: U of U Financial Wellness Center, AAA Fair Credit Foundation)
  • Go on to Master’s in Business, Public Administration, Public Policy, etc.

 More information can be found at: www.cfp.net/why-cfp-certification/why-get-certified

 For more information please contact one of our FCS Academic Advisors.


University Application Deadlines

Spring - November 1

Summer - March 1

Fall - April 1

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Time to Completion

FCHD-Financial Planning Emphasis is one of the shortest majors offered at the U and can be completed quickly. A student who can manage 4 classes each semester could finish the program in 4 semesters. For best course sequencing plan to begin the major in a Spring or Summer semester.  Schedule an appointment with the FCS Academic Advisor for help creating the graduation plan that is right for you.

Last Updated: 6/24/20