Personal finance student looks forward to a rewarding career of helping people

Bobbie Egeston works at a desk on her homework.

Madison native Bobbie Egeston didn’t grow up with financial literacy, but she knew the importance of it.

Now a student at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Egeston is working toward her degree in personal finance. She firmly believes in helping people become financially literate.

UW–Madison’s personal finance major, based in the School of Human Ecology, is interdisciplinary with an emphasis on financial management and the economic well-being of individuals and families. And now, with UW–Madison Online, students can get the Bachelor of Science in Personal Finance online.

Top degree at a top university

One of the few schools in the nation to offer a BS degree in personal finance, UW–Madison is ranked #2 in top colleges for financial planning by WealthManagement.com. UW–Madison is named a top 35 great college for this program in Financial Planning magazine.

All graduates who complete certain courses leave fully prepared to sit for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam, which UW–Madison students pass at a rate well above the national average.

By combining finance and problem-solving with helping people, the personal finance major prepares students for a rewarding career in a rapidly growing field: The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 15 percent growth in personal finance careers from 2016 to 2026.

Students will graduate equipped to serve the needs of a variety of clients and work in a broad range of finance jobs — from financial advisor to director of operations.

Flexible options

Egeston is a residential student but still takes online courses.

“Online classes are definitely helpful and convenient because it allows you to have time to do other things as well,” she says. “I can work during the day and still come back to my homework at night.”

Whether online or in person, UW–Madison has been a great place for her.

“When I got accepted (to UW–Madison), I was super excited,” Egeston says. “I just want to be able to help people know there are things out there to potentially help them out.”

For more information on the BS in Personal Finance online, call or text 608-400-7459 or email uwmadison@online.wisc.edu. The application deadline for fall 2020 is July 15, 2020. For spring 2021, the application deadline is November 2, 2020.