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Advance your career as a financial planner with a FASEA approved program

The University of South Australia is the first institution in South Australia – and one of the first nation-wide – to offer financial planning programs approved by the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA).

The financial planning profession has recently introduced new education standards, making it more important than ever to hold a recognised qualification.

If you’re currently working in financial planning, you’ll need to complete a FASEA approved program by 2024 in order to continue practicing. If you’re looking to enter the industry, you’ll need to study a FASEA approved program from January 2019.

Our new financial planning degrees are designed to meet industry requirements and cater to all levels of experience, with the flexibility to study full-time, part-time, on campus, online or in mixed mode.


Study options

DegreesFASEA approved programMode of studyStart dateDuration full time (or part time equivalent) Previous qualification requiredPrevious industry experience required
Master of Finance (Financial Planning) On-campus/Online Feb, Jul 2 years or 1.5 with Advanced Standing*  ✔  
Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning˄   On-campus/Online Feb, Jul 6 months    ✔
Bachelor of Business (Financial Planning) On-campus/Online Feb, Jul 3 years    
Bachelor of Business (Financial Planning) Online Jan, Apr, Jul, Sept 3 years    
3+1 Pathway to Masters packaged degrees (with Financial Planning) On-campus/Online Feb, Jul 4 years    


Whether you’re currently practising and need to upgrade your qualifications, or interested in joining the industry, we have a degree to advance your career.

Our degrees will equip you with the educational requirements to practice as a qualified financial planner.

  • If you hold a relevant prior qualification, you can study our FASEA approved Master of Finance (Financial Planning).
    If you’ve previously studied a business discipline, you may be eligible for Advanced Standing allowing you to fast track your studies and complete your degree in 1.5 years full-time.
  • If you do not hold a prior qualification, but have at least 5 years’ industry experience, you can use our 6-month Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning as a direct entry pathway into our masters degree (which you would then be able to complete in 1.5 years with Advanced Standing).
    Upon completion of our FASEA approved masters program, you will meet the educational requirements to practice.

If you do not hold a prior qualification, you can also consider our 3-year Bachelor of Business (Financial Planning).

Depending on your prior study, you may also be eligible to seek credit for your studies. 

Career opportunities

The financial services sector is the Australian economy’s fastest growing industry1 and plays a key role in the financial wellbeing of all Australians.

Between now and 2023, the availability of professional finance roles in Australia is projected to grow2, creating strong future career prospects.

You’ll graduate with the educational requirements to practice as a financial planner in areas such as financial advisory, investment advisory, insurance brokerage or estate planning across a range of professional settings.

*If you hold a relevant undergraduate qualification, you may be eligible to fast track your studies and enter with 18 units of Advanced Standing, allowing you to complete the program in 1.5 years.
^You will need to study our FASEA-approved masters program following completion of the graduate certificate in order to meet educational requirements.

“Having a FASEA-approved qualification is now imperative to a successful career as a financial adviser. The new FASEA requirements will effectively reshape Australia’s network of financial advisers. Financial planners who are able to adapt to change, continually learn new things, possess good communication skills, and demonstrate flexibility and resilience will be the most successful in their career.”

Louise Trevaskis
Academic and Education Manager, AMP Financial Services


Louise Trevaskis
Academic and Education Manager, AMP Financial Services

Why study at UniSA

UniSA is ranked #1 in SA for postgraduate career outcomes in Business and Management

UniSA is ranked in the Top 150 institutions in the world for Accounting and Finance

The University of South Australia Business School is in the top one per cent worldwide
5 and has been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the QS Stars Ratings 2019

1Australian Bureau of Statistics, Catalogue 8165.0 – Counts of Australian businesses, including entries and exits, June 2012 to June 2016, Table 1–20 (includes the insurance industry).
2Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Businesses, 2018 Industry Employment Projections.
3QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-18 – Full-time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.
42019 QS Subject Rankings.
5UniSA Business School is one of just nine institutions in Australia and 180 globally to be accredited by EQUIS (from over 16,500 worldwide). EFMD, February 2019.