Invest in a Rewarding Career

Earn a Financial Planning degree in Consumer Sciences through Bama By Distance.

Take the first step toward becoming a financial planner or counselor by earning your bachelor’s or master’s online with a concentration in Family Financial Planning and Counseling.

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Earn your degree from a name you know and rise with the Tide!

Through the bachelor's or master's in Consumer Sciences, you'll learn how people relate to their families, work and communities through their finances. Use this knowledge to help clients make educated financial decisions.

Completion of the bachelor’s or master’s program fulfills the educational requirement to sit for both the CFP Certification Examination that leads to the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification and the Accredited Financial Counselor® exam, which is offered through the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education®.

Select from the options below to learn more about each program.

Through 120 credit hours of coursework, students develop an informed perspective on personal finance, including research-backed principles of consumer economics, to guide investment planning, insurance management, personal retirement and other areas of financial planning.

In 30 credit hours (just 10 courses) focused on topics such as personal investments, money management and consumer law, students gain advanced knowledge for careers in financial counseling.

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The Same Degree

A degree earned through Bama By Distance is identical to one earned on UA's main campus! The online format allows you the flexibility to meet life's other demands while you complete your degree. Bama By Distance graduates are invited to participate in UA's regular commencement ceremonies.

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Affordable

Bama By Distance students benefit from the distance learning tuition rate (regardless of residency)! They are also eligible for financial aid and scholarships to help pay for their education.

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Prestigious

Join a community of legends and legends-in-the-making when you earn a degree from The University of Alabama. With graduates in companies and cities across the globe, the University has a robust alumni network who will greet you with that familiar "Roll Tide" when they find out you're in the family.

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Military Friendly

The University of Alabama is a military-friendly and Yellow Ribbon school. We are proud to have served thousands of active military, reservists, veterans and their families from every branch, and we look forward to continuing to partner with this esteemed group of men and women as they seek to advance their education.

You don't have to take our word for it!

Hear from some of our graduates about what earning a degree online from
The University of Alabama means to them.


Don't Say You Can't Do It

At The University of Alabama we want to help you tell a legendary story, and that begins with a premier education and strong support. You can succeed at earning your degree from wherever you are. Want to know more? Let our graduates tell you their Bama By Distance stories.


How Does It Feel?

Graduating from The University of Alabama brings out many emotions from our Bama By Distance students. At a recent commencement reception, they expressed their feelings about this great accomplishment.