Graduate Diploma in Business (Financial Planning)

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Help people and businesses achieve their financial goals

The Graduate Diploma in Business (Financial Planning) is FASEA-approved – a comprehensive qualification that adheres to the revised education, training and ethical standards that FASEA has laid out for existing and future financial planning professionals. The program is part of the QUT Business School’s Triple Crown accreditation and is also accredited with financial planning industry body the Financial Planning Education Council (part of Financial Planning Australia).

If you have a passion for helping people and businesses achieve their financial goals and are wanting to be a Financial adviser in the future, or if you are an existing adviser wishing to upgrade your current educational qualifications then this program could be a good choice for you to become FASEA qualified.

Our Graduate Diploma of Business (Financial Planning) will equip you with the knowledge you need to lead the industry as a professional financial adviser. You will acquire the skills to present comprehensive financial solutions confidently to clients and other financial planning professionals.

As a financial planning graduate, you will stand out from the crowd when taking the next step in your career. With the learning outcomes of critical thinking, information literacy skills, specialised technical and creative skills and client management, you will be fully prepared to approach complex and unpredictable financial decisions holistically.

As a student of this degree you will also be able to be affiliated with the FPA at no charge, gaining valuable access to career development activities and resources of the FPA.

Shorter bridging course options (FASEA-approved) are also available, both for existing advisers with an approved degree and for advisers with a relevant degree qualification. You can find out more about the various degree pathways and education requirements on the FASEA website, or call our Course Consultants on 1300 104 196.

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Entry criteria

There only two entry possibilities, either standard academic entry or alternative entry.

  • Academic entry requirements: A completed recognised undergraduate degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 (on QUT’s 7-point scale).
  • Alternative entry requirements: Applicants without an undergraduate degree who have at least seven years relevant professional experience may apply for entry.

Additionally these options may also be available to you:

  • Advanced standing: Advanced standing may also be available to students who have studied a related postgraduate program with another institution within the last five years.
  • Recognition of prior learning: Your work experience in a related field may also be considered for recognition of prior learning.


This course is not available to international students.

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Course units

You can study full time, part time or at an accelerated pace and adjust your study load every teaching period, depending on what is happening in your life at the time. Choose up to two units every teaching period, factoring in approximately 12-15 hours of study per week and unit.


Ethics and Professional Relationships

Financial Planning Principles and Regulation

Investments Management

Business and Corporations Law


Superannuation and Wealth Management

Taxation Law and Practice

Insurance and Risk Management

Behavioural Client Management – Financial Planning (Capstone)


Our dedicated support team are here to help you when you need it. They are available online or over the phone seven days a week to answer all your questions. They are here to help with everything from technical support to academic questions. QUT Online has the tools and people to make your postgraduate study achievable and enjoyable.

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Career opportunities

Financial Planner

Help people manage their cash flow, retirement planning, investments, insurance, tax and estates.

Financial Adviser

Suggest and render financial services to clients based on their financial situation.

Investment Manager

Make investments on behalf of clients under the investment objectives and parameters the client defined.

Superannuation Adviser

Suggest and render financial superannuation services to help people save best for their retirement.

Learning at QUT Online

A unique opportunity

Whether you’re advancing or changing your career, studying online is the flexible way to achieve your goal, allowing you to log on and learn when it suits.

Your network

We are ranked in the top 50 universities in the world for employer-student connections. And when you study with us, our connections become your connections.

Learning that suits you best

Fit study into your life, when it suits you. If you study on your lunch break, or after your kids are in bed, you can access everything you need, wherever you are.

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Apply online by filling out our application form or speak to a Course Consultant on 1300 104 196.

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