Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance

The Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance offers an opportunity for finance industry professionals with prior studies in a business/finance field to study a specialised, shortened program at Masters level. The program can be completed in one year part-time. (You may subsequently choose to gain the Master of Applied Finance with a further one year of part-time of study.)

The program can be generalist in nature or structured to allow students to develop specialised knowledge in a sharply focused field.

Named specialisations in:

All units offered in the Graduate Diploma are units from the MAppFin program. Both programs are taught and assessed together. 

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Who should apply?

This program is for experienced finance professionals seeking to further their skills and knowledge in finance.

Graduate opportunities

Applied Finance Centre graduates have gone on to senior positions within banking, corporate finance, stockbroking, investment management, venture capital, project finance and risk management firms in Australia and overseas.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance are:

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.

Articulation to MAppFin

Successful graduates of the GradDipAppFin may go on and apply to the MAppFin. Students will receive full credit for all units studied in the GradDipAppFin. This means that you will only need to complete a further 16 credit points of study.

Program of study

Required: APCP801 Portfolio Management and Valuation (4 credit points)

Plus a combination of core and elective units of study for an additional 12 credit points (core units are 4 credit points each and electives are 2 credit points each).

Prerequisite units of study are required for some elective units.

Award GradDipAppFin GradDipAppFin (Business Valuation) GradDipAppFin (Retirement Outcomes)
Program duration (minimum) 1 year part-time 1 year part-time 1 year part-time
Credit points required to complete program 16 16 16
Program structure: Compulsory Portfolio Management and Valuation Portfolio Management and Valuation

Corporate Finance

Advanced Valuation for Corporate Finance

Applied Business Valuation

Investment and Credit Analysis
Portfolio Management and Valuation

Topics in Wealth Management (Life Cycle Investing) (from 2017 will be known as 'Life Cycle Investing')

Risk and Portfolio Construction
Program structure: Additional additional 12 credit points of MAFC units

1 unit from:

8 credit points from:

Key dates 2016



Application Closing Date

Compulsory Orientation

Term 1 (January) 2017 No in-take - -

Term 2 (April) 2017

Sydney (Part-Time and Full-Time) and Melbourne 19 February 2017 SY Full-time - 21 & 23/3/2017

SY Part-time - 22/3/2017

MB Part-time - 23/3/2017

Term 3 (June) 2017

Sydney (Part-time) 14 May 2017 SY Part-time - 15/6/2017

Term 4 (September) 2017

Sydney (Part-Time and Full-Time) and Melbourne 6 August 2017 SY Full-time - 5 & 6/9/2017

SY Part-time - 6/9/2017

MB Part-time - 7/9/2017

*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.

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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