Graduate Certificate in Family Enterprise

*This program is not available to commencing students in 2021*


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

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GC082
Deferment Yes - 2 year
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

Fees and Scholarships

Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $17,500


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.


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


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


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Last updated: Saturday, 25 Sep 2021