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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

The University of Adelaide and Adelaide Business School are leading the way in Australia delivering family enterprise research, education and engagement worldwide and have been recognised as one of the top 25 global business schools for family business education and research.*

Family enterprises are unique in many ways and our Graduate Certificate reflects that people working in them are unique too. Our postgraduate coursework program is specifically designed to develop future professionals for careers in the family business sector. Taught by leading family business academics and world renowned family business practitioners, this program is designed to be flexible and accomodate busy working professionals.

Courses offered can be completed online or in blended learning mode combining online and face to face study.

There are two study streams within the program:

  • NextGen Leadership - suitable for family and non-family members who aspire to be future managers and leaders of family enterprises or directors and board members of family enterprises
  • Advising Business Families - suitable for professional advisers to business families such as accountants, business consultants, financial advisers/bankers, financial planners, lawyers, psychologists and counsellors.

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




* Source: The 25 best business schools for family businesses - and their star professors, Family Capital, London, 2015.
  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 3GC082
    Intake January, May and September
    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
    Minimum 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: $14,000 for 6 months

    International applicants

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    Tuition fee International student place: $19,250 for 6 months

    Scholarships

    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.

    Professional Accreditation

    The Graduate Certificate in Family Enterprise will be accredited by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. The university is currently negotiating this accreditation which will be available for graduates who complete the ‘Advising Business Families stream’ of the Graduate Certificate in Family Enterprise program.
  • 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 COMMGMT 7003 Family Business Fundamentals
    COMMGMT 7005 Governing the Family Enterprise 
    Electives* PROF 7501 PG Industry Project
    ENTREP 7900 Entrepreneur's Challenge
    PROJMGNT 7038 Leadership of Organisations
    CORPFIN 6003 Tax, Estate and Wealth Planning
    COMMGMT 7004 Advising Family Enterprise 
    ENTREP Strategic and Entrepreneurial Renewal
    *Students may take any courses offered within the Faculty of the Professions as an elective, subject to the approval of the Program Director.
    Students undertaking the NextGen stream must complete the two core courses and choose electives from:
    • Leadership of Organisations
    • Strategic and Enterpreneurial Renewal
    • Entrepreneur's Challenge
    • PG Industry Project
    • Any other postgraduate business course
    Students undertaking the Adviser stream must complete the two core courses and choose electives from:
    • Advising Family Enterprise
    • Tax, Estate and Wealth Planning
    • Strategic and Enterpreneurial Renewal
    • Entrepreneur's Challenge
    • PG Industry Project
    • Any other postgraduate business course

    Assessment

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



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Last updated: Wednesday, 15 Nov 2017

 

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