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Financial planning is all about wealth creation
It's about having the skills and the knowledge to make people's money work for them—not the other way around. As well as possessing analytical and problem solving skills, financial planners need to be excellent communicators in order to develop client relationships. Clients entrust financial planners to give them the best advice on their financial future so being able clearly explain concepts and strategies is vital in ensuring your client can make informed decisions.
As a financial planning graduate, you can build a very rewarding career bringing people's financial and personal goals to reality.
Study financial planning at Griffith
I’m ready for the future of business
Meet Caitlene Hillman, Griffith business student and AFR top 100 future leader. International opportunities during her degree have given her first-hand experience of current trends, ensuring she’s job ready for the future of business.
Griffith University has been a leader in financial planning education for a long time, building a team of academics dedicated to this area. Industry professionals work with us to develop and deliver our financial planning courses, ensuring that when you graduate, you'll have the skills employers demand.
Get ahead of the game by starting your financial planning career sooner. Griffith’s two-year program at Logan campus lets you graduate ahead of the game. At the Gold Coast and Nathan campuses, you can start your financial planning degree in February, July or October and also fast-track by studying over three trimesters.
Griffith Business School is rated 5-stars for Educational Experience and Teaching Quality in Business and Management by the Good Universities Guide 2018, a leading independent provider of high-quality education and career information.
The Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA) has approved accreditation for Griffith Business School’s Financial Planning bridging courses and Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning (2014 to current) for existing advisers and career changers. FASEA accreditation for the Master of Financial Planning and Bachelor of Applied Financial Advice remains current. These are the minimum requirements for existing advisers to meet the new education standards.
You can graduate with a degree accredited under the new standards set out by the Financial Planning Association of Australia and the Financial Planning Education Council. Griffith was the first university in Australia to receive this accreditation, giving you a competitive advantage in the job market.
You’ll also meet the relevant RG146 compliance requirement of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, and be eligible for membership of the Financial Planning Association of Australia’s Certified Financial Planner® Certification Program.
Study to suit your lifestyle
Whether you’re balancing work, family or just life in general, we understand that study isn’t your only commitment. That’s why Griffith Business School’s postgraduate financial planning degrees have been developed to be flexible, so you can fit your degree into your busy schedule. Study full-time or part-time, online, on-campus or a combination of both. Plus, as life gets busy, you’ll have the flexibility to accelerate or slow down your study to make your university life easier and more enjoyable.
Online study gives you access to the same high-quality content, the same academics, plus the option to study anywhere, anytime, with dedicated support when you need it. Of course, even if you choose to study online, you can still come to campus to take advantage of all the great facilities we have to offer. Explore the three ways to study online at Griffith and find out how you can mix-and-match to suits your needs.
Accelerate your online study
At Griffith Business School, you can choose to fast-track your financial planning study. Become a recognised financial planner in just 16 months, studying part-time, by completing our accelerated online degrees the Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning, or the FASEA accredited Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning and the Master of Financial Planning. Ideal for busy people, each course is run 100% online, part-time over six weeks, so you can focus on one subject at a time and still fit in work and family commitments. With six intakes every year, you can start almost straight away.
The accelerated online experience at Griffith includes:
100% online content
No matter where you are based in Australia, our courses are 100% online so all learning materials and assessments are accessible wherever you choose to study.
Our accelerated online programs are fast-tracked, so you study one course every six weeks to gain your qualification sooner.
From your initial enquiry and application to graduation, we’ll support you with a dedicated Student Advisor team for the whole journey.
Engage with a community of like-minded, experienced professionals in an interactive and collaborative digital learning environment.
Start straight away
With six intakes a year, you can virtually start whenever you’re ready.
Want to know more about accelerated online study at Griffith?
Griffith financial planning graduate Natalie Cross was named the inaugural FPA University Student of the Year by the Financial Planning Association of Australia. After completing her studies, Natalie took up a role with independent financial planning practice Tupicoffs. She is now a client service manager in a working environment where new experiences and new avenues are constant and welcomed. 'Financial planning is so important because it can make a real difference to people's lives and can make people's dreams come true.'
|Bachelor of Applied Financial Advice||Online
|Bachelor of Commerce||Nathan
|Bachelor of Commerce||Gold Coast
|Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)||Gold Coast
|Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning||Online
|Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning||Nathan
|Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning||Nathan
|Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning||Online
|Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning||Nathan
|Master of Financial Planning||Online
|Master of Financial Planning||Nathan
|Master of Financial Planning||Other
|Master of Financial Planning||Nathan
Expand your qualifications and your career options with our range of double degrees. As a double degree graduate, you’ll have a special skill set that will help you stand out with future employers.
|Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Commerce||Nathan
|Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Commerce||Gold Coast
|Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Asian Studies||Nathan
|Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of International Business||Gold Coast
|Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of International Business||Nathan
|Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Commerce||Gold Coast
It is important to check the degree requirements including placement requirements, before you apply.
Become a researcher
If you are considering ongoing research study, Griffith Business School has a number of disciplines where you can specialise by studying a PHD.
Unsure if you meet the entry requirements?
If you don’t meet the criteria for your degree, you can still come to Griffith. Our admission pathway options can help you improve your selection rank, upgrade to your preferred degree or satisfy subject prerequisites.
We offer three new BusinessPLUS scholarship categories this year, which seek to reward potential as well as excellence - so it’s worthwhile investigating whether you might qualify to receive one. Scholarships can cover tuition fees, education and living expenses. You can apply if you are coming straight from year 12, or if you have left high school and are applying to start an undergraduate university degree. They add to over 600 scholarships available at Griffith. You can also apply for multiple scholarships with just one application; we’ll match you with the Griffith University scholarship you are eligible for and it's free.
What is BusinessPLUS?
When you study Business at Griffith you get more than just a high-quality degree. You get the BusinessPLUS advantage. BusinessPLUS is a program designed to give Griffith business school students the skills and networks they will later rely on in the workplace. Open to any Griffith Business School student, the program caters for beginners as well as those who have more advanced skills. BusinessPLUS combines skills based, career management training with opportunities for internships, our mentoring program and industry engagement projects that introduce you to the business networks you’ll rely on later.
Become a trusted adviser
Financial planners develop and implement financial plans for their clients
Financial planners develop and implement financial plans for their clients. Some of the areas a financial planner will advise on include retirement planning, superannuation, taxation, debt management, insurance and risk, estate planning, managed investments, securities and futures markets. Financial planners may also specialise in such areas as ethical investments, loans and mortgage advice, taxation advice and more.
Financial Planning graduates are employed in a wide range of occupations and industries including brokerage firms, smaller accountancy practices, trust companies, financial partnerships, insurance firms, commercial banks, portfolio management firms, sole practitioners, investment banks and financial planning consultancies.
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