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Benefits of a BS in Consumer Finance & Financial Planning

Get ahead – and make a difference – with an online consumer finance & financial planning degree.

A Bachelor of Science in Consumer Finance & Financial Planning from UW–Madison Online can take you where you want to go.

Consider a career in the rapidly growing field of personal finance: Employment of personal financial advisors is projected to grow 15 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Learn at a top-ranked institution from a high-quality program

Getting a consumer finance & financial planning degree from UW–Madison Online puts you at an advantage.

for best colleges with financial planning degrees in America
—Niche, 2022-2023
in top colleges for financial planning
—WealthManagement, 2022-2023
among public colleges and universities in the U.S.
—U.S. News & World Report, 2022-2023

Build highly desired skills through quality courses with top-notch instructors

Learn important skills with UW–Madison Online coursework in accounting, economics, statistics, investments, insurance, estate planning, retirement, employee benefits, taxes and more.

UW–Madison has provided family and individual financial education for 100+ years.

UW–Madison alumni or faculty have been awarded 20 Nobel Prizes and 41 Pulitzer Prizes.

Network with industry leaders

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  • Examine careers in the financial services industry by meeting industry experts and tapping into a large alumni network.
  • Hear from high-level leaders in top companies through your UW–Madison Online coursework.
  • You’ll join more than 400,000 UW–Madison alumni around the world, giving you immediate access to supportive Badgers.

Find professional success and fulfilling work

Whether you land at a big or small firm, or you take an entrepreneurial path, opportunity will come knocking after you get your degree in consumer finance & financial planning from UW–Madison Online. Choose from a variety of jobs, including:

  • Certified financial planner*
  • Risk manager
  • Financial advisor
  • Portfolio manager
  • Certified credit counselor
  • Accounting manager
  • Business analyst
  • Trust officer

*UW–Madison students pass the Certified Financial Planner exam at a rate above the national average!

median annual salary for personal financial advisors in May 2021
—Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021

Equip yourself to serve people – and the greater good

With an emphasis on the economic well-being of individuals and families, a consumer finance & financial planning degree from UW–Madison Online lets you help others achieve financial and life goals.

You’ll work with the UW–Madison Center for Financial Security, nationally recognized for its focus on vulnerable populations.

Learn to help people:


Buy a home


Control debt


Plan for retirement


Understand taxes and insurance


Save for a child’s education

To learn more about the benefits of getting an online degree, check out The Ultimate Guide to Online Business Degrees.