Financial Counseling and Planning

College of Health and Human Sciences

Do you enjoy math but want to do more than crunch numbers for a career? Take business to the next level by combining your financial aptitude with communication skills to help others achieve financial security. The program is registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board, and successful completion of the program satisfies the education component of the CFP certification process.

Within financial counseling and planning, students have the opportunity to complete many hands-on opportunities that prepare graduates to succeed in the workforce. Students use the latest industry software and technology, complete an internship, and compete in the American Express Financial Planning Invitational; many students also join the Purdue Collegiate Financial Planning Club.

The coursework for the financial counseling and planning major includes accounting, communication, consumer behavior, economics, employee benefits, estate planning, investments, leadership, marketing, mathematics, personal finance, retirement planning, statistics, and tax law.

Financial Counseling and Planning Website

Plan of Study


Transfer GPA and Course Requirements

Purdue admits to individual majors. Many majors require that applicants have completed specific coursework, and all have a suggested minimum GPA. The criteria for this major are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these criteria are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Also: Completion of one semester of personal finance (CSR 34200 equivalent preferred), one semester of statistics (STAT 11300 or 30100 equivalent preferred), all with grades of C or higher.


Contact Information
Phone: 765-494-8533


There are numerous career opportunities in financial planning firms; family financial clinics; investment services; and financial institutions such as credit unions, banks, loan companies, credit counseling services, insurance agencies, college financial aid offices, Social Security, the Cooperative Extension Service, and social welfare agencies.

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