Financial planning

Whether you’re aspiring to join or are currently employed in the industry, our range of financial planning courses will give you the knowledge and skills to meet the training and ethical standards required of all financial advisers.

Deakin Business School: accredited by the Financial planning Association

Master of Financial Planning: offered fully online, study and learn anywhere

Career opportunities

As a financial planning graduate, you could find employment in:

  • accounting firms
  • corporate financial institutions
  • financial planning firms.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any credit for prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor’s and bachelor’s with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Deakin's Department of Accounting has developed great rapport with both local and nationwide firms.

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course director, financial planning

An industry leading course

Deakin Business School has firmly established its reputation as an industry leader in financial planning education, with students winning at the AMP University Challenge in both 2015 and 2016.

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Stay updated with Deakin

The Australian Government’s proposed legislative changes will affect the education, training and ethical standards required of financial advisers both new and existing.

Under the proposed legislation, new financial advisers will be required to complete a degree, undertake a professional year and pass an exam.

Find out how Deakin can help you get there sooner, no matter which stage of your career you are in:

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Get professional recognition as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® through the CFP® Certification Program, which is offered by the Financial Planning Association of Australia.

The Master of Financial Planning also provides advanced standing for three of the five CFP® certification subjects, namely CFP 2, CFP 3 and CFP 4.

Deakin Business School (DBS) is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Only five per cent of business programs worldwide are AACSB accredited and DBS is one of only three in Victoria.

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Financial planning at Deakin

Dr Adrian Raftery invites you to be part of raising the standards in the financial planning industry and introduces the profession to students.

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