About this Program

The need for financial planners continues to grow. Estimates of employment growth in these fields range from 41% (US Department of Labor) to 30.1% (AOL jobs survey), over the next ten years. One of the most significant issues facing an individual and their family is how to manage and protect their assets, income and investments. The U.S. economy has transitioned from a one where people retire securely with a pension after spending a lifetime with an employer. We are now in a world of defined contribution plans where each individual is responsible for creating and managing their own retirement program. Additionally, navigating the worlds of taxes, insurance, education funding, all compound the stress we all face. Individuals and their families need advice from professionals who are able to integrate all aspects of personal finance. These include insurance, investments, employee benefits, taxes, and estate planning. That is role of the personal financial planner.

Program Highlights

  • The Finance Department at Old Dominion University has earned a national reputation for its contributions to practice through teaching excellence and professional leadership

  • As a finance major, you will gain skills applicable to a variety of careers in the finance world

  • Our graduates secure rewarding careers as financial analyst, capital budgeting manager, credit manager, cash control/risk manager or a variety of portfolio management positions

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Personal Financial Advisors

$124,140 Median Salary

Advise clients on financial plans using knowledge of tax and investment strategies, securities, insurance, pension plans, and real estate. Duties include assessing clients' assets, liabilities, cash flow, insurance coverage, tax status, and financial objectives.


$60,830 Median Salary

Appraise real and personal property to determine its fair value. May assess taxes in accordance with prescribed schedules.

Sales Agents, Financial Services

$97,440 Median Salary

Sell financial services, such as loan, tax, and securities counseling to customers of financial institutions and business establishments.

Credit Counselors

$49,460 Median Salary

Advise and educate individuals or organizations on acquiring and managing debt. May provide guidance in determining the best type of loan and explaining loan requirements or restrictions. May help develop debt management plans, advise on credit issues, or provide budget, mortgage, and bankruptcy counseling.


What are the requirements to apply for Personal Financial Planning at ODU?
Students entering the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program in Personal Financial Planning should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.


At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful...


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

Ways to Save

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