Graduate Certificate of Finance

The Graduate Certificate of Finance is a comprehensive, online foundation course in graduate finance. This program is for individuals seeking a comprehensive understanding of finance concepts, techniques, and applications. With four commencing dates each year, and four units of study, students progress through structured learning activities facilitated by our industry experienced faculty.

This course is a stand-alone award for candidates who are either wishing to transition into the finance industry or seeking a comprehensive understanding of finance to progress in their existing field, and who are seeking a post-graduate-level learning experience.

It also serves as a pathway to the Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance, the Master of Applied Finance, the Master of Banking and Finance or the Master of Commerce with a specialisation in Finance providing admission requirements are met.

Key features

  • Fundamental technical finance knowledge and skills
  • Delivered online by our industry experience faculty
  • A pathway to further studies in finance
  • Opportunity for career transitions into finance
  • One year complimentary affiliate membership with Finsia (Australia's peak banking and finance industry body)

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Quick facts

Award Graduate Certificate of Finance
Study mode Online
Duration 6 months full-time, 1 year part-time
Entry criteria Bachelor's degree or 5 years' professional work experience
Application and start date Term 2, 2017 - applications close 19 February 2017 (commence in 27 March 2017)
Term 3, 2017 - applications close 14 May 2017 (commence in 19 June 2017)
Term 4, 2017 - applications close 6 August 2017 (commence in 11 September 2017)
No. of units of study 4
Fees (2017)

AUD3,192 per unit (AUD12,768 for the full program)

Who should apply?

  • Individuals who are working or studying in a non-finance field and who are looking to expand their career options in the finance industry
  • Industry professionals in a non-finance field who require a profound understanding of finance processes
  • Individuals with a bachelor degree in any area of study
  • Industry professionals with 5+ years of professional work experience

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Research Interests

  • Financial risk management for both non-financial companies and financial institutions
  • Risk governance in financial institutions
  • Corporate governance

Publications

International Compliance with new Basel Accord Principles for Risk Governance with Elizabeth Sheedy and Sue, in press with Accounting & Finance

The Effect of Foreign Currency Hedging on the Probability of Financial Distress (2013), Accounting & Finance

Foreign Currency Hedging and Firm Value: A Dynamic Panel Approach (2013), in Advances in Risk Management, J.A. Batten, P. MacKay, and N.F. Wagner eds, Palgrave MacMillan.

Program of study

Four units of study (4 credit points each):

Duration of study

The minimum time to complete the GradCertFin is six months full time equivalent.

A normal load for full-time students would be two units per term (or 4 units in 6 months).

A normal load for part-time students would be one unit per term (or four units per year).

Entry requirements

Applicants without any prior studies, but with 5+ years of professional work experience, may be eligible for admission. Detailed information may be found here.

All applicants for graduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. For more information see English Language Requirements.

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The information provided is correct at publication, and every reasonable effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. However, the information is subject to change from time to time. Macquarie University Applied Finance Centre reserves the right to vary, without notice, any information relating to the provision of courses or units of study including the content and mode of offering of such courses or units, the withdrawal of any course or unit for whatever reason, requirements for entry (including score conversions) to a program and the fees applicable to enrolment in any course or unit of study.

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