Graduate Certificate in Family Enterprise

Degree Type Graduate Certificate
Duration 6 months full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3GC082
CRICOS N/A

*This program is not available to commencing students in 2020*

 

Strengthen your domain

The University of Adelaide and Adelaide Business School are leaders in family enterprise engagement. We’re recognised as one of the top 25 global business schools for family business education and research*.

Our postgraduate coursework program is specifically designed to develop future professionals for careers in the family business sector.

What will you do?

Every family enterprise is unique. This extends to the people working in them, their lifestyles and their aspirations. Fortunately, our graduate certificate offers maximum flexibility and choice. You will:

  • combine online and face-to-face study according to your needs
  • learn from world-renowned family business practitioners and academics
  • complete two core courses covering family business fundamentals
  • pursue electives aligned with your interests and career goals.

There are two study streams within the program to choose from:

  • NextGen Leadership

Suitable for family and non-family members who aspire to be family enterprise managers, directors and board members.

  • Advising Business Families

Suitable for professional advisers—from accountants, business consultants, financial planners and bankers to lawyers, psychologists and counsellors.

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

  • Entry Requirements

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    SATAC Code 3GC082
    Intake January and September
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Higher Education Study 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

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS Available to non-student visa holder ONLY.
    Intake January 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 portfolio of evidence approved by the faculty.

    *This program is not available to international applicants who hold or require an Australian student visa. International applications will however be accepted from applicants who hold a valid Australian visa permitting study
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    Tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $15,500 for 12 units

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Tuition fees International student place: $22,000 for 12 units

    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 University of Adelaide's Graduate Certificate in Family Enterprise is accredited by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). Students entering the programme and interested in joining STEP are encouraged to join as a STEP affiliate member.

    Potential careers

    Sole Trader

  • Degree Structure

    Students must complete:
    1. Core courses to the value of six units:
      - Family Business Fundamentals
      - Governing the Family Enterprise
    2. Elective courses to the value of six units.
    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.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    You can find the academic program rules for this degree under the Faculty of the Professions rules.

    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* COMMGMT 7004 Advising Family Enterprise 
    COMMGMT 7006 People and Organisations (M)
    CORPFIN 6003 Tax, Estate and Wealth Planning
    ENTREP 7900 Entrepreneur's Challenge
    MARKETNG 7104 Marketing Management (M)
    PROF 7510 PG Industry Project
    *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 Entrepreneurial 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 Entrepreneurial Renewal
    • Entrepreneur's Challenge
    • PG Industry Project
    • Any other postgraduate business course

    Assessment

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

  • Further Information

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

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

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Last updated: Thursday, 29 Aug 2019