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Bachelor of Science in Consumer and Family Financial Services

Good with numbers? Good with people?

A bachelor’s degree in consumer and family financial services prepares you for a career helping people, businesses or organizations make sense of complex financial concepts, data and policies. You’ll learn the analytical and people-skills to help your clients or employer make better decisions in the real world.

Hannah Fetterman
"It is extremely beneficial for my peers and me to gain real world knowledge from our professors who were practicing what they were teaching us daily."
- Hannah Fetterman
BS, 2016


CFP Track

The only program at Ohio State that incorporates the rigorous training needed to sit for the Certified Financial Planner™ certification. With this certification, you’ll achieve the highest standard in financial planning, and be prepared to help individuals and families plan for their financial futures

Consumer Behavior Track

Learn how real-world economic policies and issues affect how consumers use limited resources. Undergraduate research and a focus on consumer analytics are just a couple ways this program can strengthen your resume, and help you prepare for a career in analytics at a business or organization.

Out-of-the-classroom experiences

Student financial wellness coach shares strategies with an Ohio State student

OSU Student Financial Planning Association

  • On-campus professional development organization
  • Networking opportunities and resume workshops
  • Industry insight from working professionals
  • First to know about jobs and internships
  • Advised by a Certified Financial Planner™

Scarlet and Gray Financial

  • Unique chance to gain hands-on financial coaching experience on campus
  • Put what you learn into practice coaching fellow students
  • Make a positive impact in the future of your peers

Career Paths

Boundless opportunities exist with a degree in Consumer and Family Financial Services.

  • Personal financial advisor
  • Loan officer
  • Financial Analyst
  • Market research analyst
  • Health services specialist
  • Policy analyst

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Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
This program is direct admit.
Minimum Program Hours: 


  • Family financial management
  • Family Tax Planning
  • Retirement planning
  • Consumer problems and perspectives
  • Consumer decision making
  • Capstone in consumer analytics
View the Curriculum Sheet


Andrew (Drew) Hanks, PhD, Assistant Professor
Sherman Hanna, PhD, Professor
Lauren Eden Jones, PhD, Assistant Professor
Dean Lillard, PhD, Professor
Caezilia Loibl, PhD, CFP®, Associate Professor
Catherine Montalto, PhD, Associate Professor
Robert Scharff, PhD, JD, Associate Professor
Tansel Yilmazer, PhD, CFP®, Associate Professor


Paul Dolce, MBA, CFP®
Hojun (Joe) Ji, PhD, CPA
Bill Root, JD
Deborah Sharp, MS
Brian Sutliff, MS, CFP®, ChFC, CDFA


Consumer Sciences
325 Campbell Hall
1787 Neil Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210

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