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Financial Planning, B.S.

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Financial Planning Degree

Help shape financial futures. Become an expert in the art of setting financial goals and identifying the tools needed to reach them.

Why Study Financial Planning?

Connect one-on-one with faculty, fellow students, and other professionals through classroom instruction, hands-on learning, and internships:

  • Learn about investing, taxes, retirement planning, and estate planning from some of the best minds in personal finance.
  • Acquire leadership and management skills and professional growth.
  • Learn to create a professional portfolio, an effective marketing tool when applying for employment and attending interviews.
  • Gain practical experience during various internship opportunities.

Receive personalized attention and top-notch instruction in a supportive environment:

  • Our Stairs to Success developmental plan for success will guide you through your time at Keystone.
  • 92% of students receive financial aid.
  • Over 150 scholarships are awarded yearly.


Dr. Patricia Davis
Program Director

What can I do with a degree in Financial Planning?

Career Options

  • Business Developer
  • Budget Analyst
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Estate Planner
  • Financial Advisor or Planner
  • Investment Advisor
  • Wealth Manager


  • Benco Dental
  • Charles Schwab
  • Fidelity Bank
  • NET Credit Union
  • PNC Bank
  • Prudential Financial
  • Wells Fargo Advisors
Financial advisors and planners are accredited by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board), which requires rigorous education, training and ethical standards. Accreditation under the CFP Board is not always required to work as a financial advisor or planner, but it vastly improves professional opportunities for those holding the certification, either by itself or along with other certifications, such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Exceptional experiences.
Giant outcomes.


Keystone student-to-faculty ratio


increase in jobs over the next 10 years


Median annual salary for financial planning careers

Social Mobility Ranking

Amazing opportunities—on campus and beyond

From internships and experiential learning opportunities to travel and conferences, you’ll have many opportunities to conduct real-world experiences, work with your peers and mentors in your chosen field, and learn first-hand the latest skills to succeed in the real world.


Students will acquire leadership and management skills, professional growth and personal fulfillment that can’t be gained in the classroom. 

Keystone College student reads on computer


Over 30 student-run clubs and organizations, including the FBLA organization, Phi Beta Lambda,  and the Hospitality Business Management Club, are available and are a wonderful way to meet people, travel, learn about different subjects, and gain valuable leadership opportunities.

Be Involved

When you become a Giant, you will enjoy campus life in a passionate, close-knit community…a family. Keystone College comes together in many different ways with 18 Division III sports, a variety of student events, 276 acres to explore, and various ways to learn both inside and outside of the classroom.

Athletics are part of life on campus.

Featured Faculty

Kasey Chermak, MS

Kasey Chermak, MS

Instructor and Program Director for Computer Science and Information Technology
Patricia Davis, PhD

Patricia Davis, PhD

Professor of Accounting and Program Director of Accounting, Business, Hospitality, and Supply Chain Management
Laura Little, DBA

Laura Little, DBA

Assistant Professor of Business and Faculty Fellow for Assessment
Brenda Lidy, MS

Brenda Lidy, MS

Associate Professor and Internship Coordinator for Accounting, Business, Computer Science, Hospitality Management, and Information Technology
Ronda Schiavone, MBA

Ronda Schiavone, MBA

Instructor of Business
Elizabeth Schneider, MBA, JD

Elizabeth Schneider, MBA, JD

Associate Professor of Business  
Sandra R. Smith, PhD

Sandra R. Smith, PhD

Assistant Professor and Program Director of Sport and Recreation Management (BS) and Sport Leadership Management (MS)
Donald “Doc” Stacknick, MS

Donald “Doc” Stacknick, MS

Instructor and Internship Coordinator for Sport and Recreation and Faculty Athletics Representative
Stavros Triantafyllidis, PhD

Stavros Triantafyllidis, PhD

Assistant Professor of Sport and Recreation Management
Chad Stevens, PhD

Chad Stevens, PhD

Associate Professor of Business and Chair of Business, Management & Technology

You Belong at Keystone

Become part of the Keystone family!