International applicants

Macquarie University’s Master of Applied Finance is one of the largest and most respected in the world. It’s an exceptional program for exceptional people, founded on a vision of applied finance education for and by practitioners. Our students learn knowledge and skills that are directly relevant, immediately and throughout their career.

Who should apply?

The 1 year full-time program is offered in Sydney at Macquarie's Sydney CBD and North Ryde campus.

This program is for experienced professionals, whether currently in the finance industry or in other professions wanting to transition to the finance sector (such as engineers, lawyers, or IT specialists). There are alternative pathways into the program, recognising your prior qualifications and professional work experience*.

International students who hold a visa without study restrictions, such as Temporary Work (Skilled) Visa Class 457 may apply for the part time programs in Sydney CBD or Melbourne CBD.

Admission Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the program are:

  • A Bachelor's degree in a finance related field or recognised equivalent, and
  • Two years’ relevant professional work experience*

All applicants for graduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.


Macquarie has one of the most generous scholarship programs in Australia, providing many opportunities each year to international students to undertake studies here.

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Program of Study

Prior degree in finance

Master of Applied Finance (32 credit points)

* Portfolio Management and Valuation
* Financial Instruments
* Corporate Finance
* Financial Risk Management
* Six elective units
* Professional Practice

Duration: Minimum 1 year full-time

2017 Fees: Total cost AUD39,168

Commencing: Terms 2 and 4, 2017

 If you do not meet the relevant degree requirements of the MAppFin, the Graduate Certificate of Finance (GradCertFin) provides another pathway. The GradCertFin is delivered and assessed online over 12-week terms. Students study in a location of their choice, but with academic direction and support from MAFC’s Faculty. The GradCertFin has 4 commencing dates each year, being January, April, July, and September. Applications for the GradCertFin are submitted online.

On completion of the GradCertFin, and with 2 years’ professional work experience, students may apply to study the 1 year full-time Master of Applied Finance (MAppFin). Students who have completed the GradCertFin, will have the assumed knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to study the advanced units of the MAppFin.

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Graduate profiles

"I wanted to focus my studies in corporate finance and the MAppFin Program was a great complement to the valuation and financial modelling skills many of us had begun developing in our previous work experience."

"The electives helped me fully understand corporate finance from the viewpoint of various industry players, such as corporates, investment banks, and private equity funds. I also learned more about the range of activities that take place in the financial sector. My classmates came from many different backgrounds and geographies, and working with them through each of the assignments gave us the opportunity to share our knowledge and perspectives."

Daniela studied as a full-time student at Macquarie University's North Ryde Campus. Originally from Germany, she came Australia to study the MAppFin. Hear about Daniela’s background, how she found the program and what she enjoyed most about her studies and her classmates.

"I really liked the practical approach and that all students had professional work experience. I enjoyed Financial Risk Management and Financial Instruments as they were what I had worked in before, and they helped me to better understand why certain products are sold or not sold and why the banking industry introduces certain policies and measures. I understand a lot more of what is going on 'behind the scenes' and why products are being traded, sold or used. I enjoyed being in a group full-time students from all over the world, and in one of my favourite cities!"

* Relevant Professional Work Experience

In the granting of admission or credit on the basis of work experience a number of factors will be considered, including: the number of years of work experience; how current that experience is; its relevance to the finance industry and/or the applicant's prior degree; and the type of role(s) the applicant has undertaken.  Professional work experience could include roles requiring technical or specialist expertise, or managerial/decision-making functions.

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