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Graduate Certificate in Family Enterprise

Degree Type Graduate Certificate

Duration 6 months full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3GC082

CRICOS 094171C

Family Enterprises are unique in many ways and our Graduate Certificate reflects that people working in them are unique too. This program equips participants with the knowledge required to not only grow a family business but to also make the most of what you have at present too. Our program is taught by people that know family businesses the best. You will also learn from your cohort too who also work in the industry.  

Whether you are a first or third generation, or if you happen to work alongside a founding family, this Graduate Certificate will ensure you get the most from the environment you are working in. 

This program is offered in trimester mode. There are three trimesters in an academic year commencing in January, May and September.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 3GC082
    Mid-year entry Subject to availability
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only

    Graduate Entry Bachelor degree or equivalent. Applicants without a Bachelor degree or equivalent will be considered on the basis of a minimum of 7 years of work experience supported by a Curriculum Vitae, essay and interview.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3GC082

    International applicants

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 094171C
    Intake January, May and September
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent. Applicants without a Bachelor degree or equivalent will be considered on the basis of a minimum of 7 years work experience supported by a Curriculum Vitae, essay and interview.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $13,250 for 6 months

    International applicants

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    Tuition fee International student place: $18,250 for 6 months


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    The Graduate Certificate in Family Enterprise (GCFE) courses ensure that students have the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the family enterprise sector, either as an adviser to, or a leader in, a family business.

    The GCFE provides a great opportunity for students to network and learn from each other’s experience in advising, or working in, family businesses. This may result in new family business clients for advisers or new job opportunities for those currently working in a family business (e.g. a next-generation family member having the opportunity to gain work experience outside their family business).

    Graduate attributes:

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in the University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes

    1. Deep disciple knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication Skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    Areas of Specialisation

    As family enterprise is a broad subject area that can be applied across many different industries and occupations, students can use their own chosen field or interest and apply this to their assignments and class discussions.

    Through course selection, students also have the opportunity to specialise in one of two main areas in the family business field:

    (1) Advising business families, and
    (2) Leading the family enterprise.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Core Courses  MGMT 7228 Family Business Issues and Perspectives
    COMMGMT 7005 Governing the Family Enterprise 
    Electives  ENTREP 5016 Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    ENTREP 7900 Entrepreneur's Challenge
    PROJMGMT 7038 Leadership of Organisations
    CORPFIN 6003 Tax, Estate and Wealth Planning
    COMMGMT 7004 Advising Family Enterprise 


    Vary by course, including exams, the use of family business case studies, reports and indivisual and group assignments.

  • Further Information

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    Phone: +61 8 8313 7335 (toll free 1800 061 459)

    The annual Open Day and Information Night events provide an excellent opportunity to see our campus, meet with academics, and discuss your study options.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 4 Oct 2017