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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.

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Get advice on starting uni as a mature student. 13 - 16 May.

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Industry connections

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.

Graduate sooner

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.

5-Star Rated

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.

Professional recognition

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 passion for learning 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.

At Griffith we do online better, with more degrees, more flexibility and more support. Online study gives you 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 by completing our accelerated online degrees in the Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning or the Master of Financial Planning. Ideal for busy people, each course is 100% online and takes six weeks to complete, so you can focus on one subject at a time and still graduate in up to two years. With six intakes every year, you can start almost straight away and gain your qualification sooner.

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.

Accelerated learning

Our accelerated online programs are fast-tracked, so you study one course every six weeks to gain your qualification sooner.

Dedicated advisors

From your initial enquiry and application to graduation, we’ll support you with a dedicated Student Advisor team for the whole journey.

Digital networking

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?

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Natalie Cross

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.'

Natalie Cross

Study options

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.

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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.

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Scholarships for July start

Applications close 28 June

BusinessPLUS scholarships

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.

BusinessPLUS Academic Excellence Scholarships

Valued between $15,000 - $20,000, OP 1-8

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BusinessPLUS Transition Scholarships

Valued between $7,500 - $10,000, OP 9-14

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BusinessPLUS First Peoples Scholarships

Valued between $15,000 - $20,000, open to first peoples

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Career outcomes

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.

Have questions?

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Life at Griffith

You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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12 Apr 2019

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08 Apr 2019

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Key dates

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Monday 25 February — Saturday 8 June

Trimester 1: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Monday 27 May to Saturday 8 June.

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Thursday 2 May — Sunday 5 May

Melbourne VCE and Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Melbourne VCE and Careers Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Monday 13 May — Thursday 16 May

Mature Student Open Evenings

If you’re considering further study, get the right advice and information you need at our January Mature Student Open Evenings. No matter whether you're returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help.

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Thursday 23 May — Thursday 23 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Tuesday 11 June — Tuesday 11 June

Discover Griffith

Get a taste of university life at our Discover Griffith event. Designed for Year 12 students, their parents and families, this event helps answer questions about what to expect on your journey to university and deciding on the right study path.

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Thursday 13 June — Thursday 13 June

Discover Griffith

Get a taste of university life at our Discover Griffith event. Designed for Year 12 students, their parents and families, this event helps answer questions about what to expect on your journey to university and deciding on the right study path.

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Monday 1 July — Friday 5 July

Trimester 2: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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Monday 8 July — Friday 4 October

Trimester 2: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Tuesday 8 October to Saturday 19 October.

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Monday 8 July — Friday 12 July

Q&A Sessions

Do you have questions about studying at Griffith? Book a personalised 30-minute Q&A session with one of our expert study advisers to get advice about your study options, available scholarships and support services.

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Saturday 20 July — Sunday 21 July

Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO)

TSXPO is for anyone considering further study. Talk to our academic and professional staff about our degrees, flexible study options, admission pathways, how to apply, scholarships and support services. Entry is free.

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Tuesday 23 July — Tuesday 23 July

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Monday 5 August — Monday 5 August

Townsville Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Townsville Careers Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Sunday 11 August — Sunday 11 August

Open Day

On Open Day, you’ll find general information about all our degrees at each campus, as well as essential information about student support services, admissions, scholarships and postgraduate studies. It’s a great time to get to know our campuses, experience life at Griffith, explore your study options and find the information you need to make a decision about your future.

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Monday 9 September — Tuesday 10 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

If you’re considering further study, get the right advice and information you need at our January Mature Student Open Evenings. No matter whether you're returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help.

Find out more.

Thursday 12 September — Thursday 12 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

If you’re considering further study, get the right advice and information you need at our January Mature Student Open Evenings. No matter whether you're returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help.

Find out more.

Monday 23 September — Friday 4 October

Q&A Sessions

Do you have questions about studying at Griffith? Book a personalised 30-minute Q&A session with one of our expert study advisers to get advice about your study options, available scholarships and support services.

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Monday 21 October — Friday 25 October

Trimester 3: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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Tuesday 29 October — Thursday 31 October

Application Support Nights

Need help with your university application? Receive personalised advice and assistance from one of our expert study advisers to start and/or complete your university application.

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Monday 16 December — Thursday 19 December

Explore your options

If your OP or ATAR result changes your direction, chat online with our expert study advisers to explore your study options. Find out about admissions pathways, entry requirements and changing your preferences.

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