Master of Applied Finance

Offered in Sydney, Melbourne and Beijing, 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.

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Who should apply?

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*.  

Graduate opportunities

Students who have completed the MAppFin program have gone on to occupy senior positions within banking, corporate finance, stockbroking, investment management, venture capital, project finance and risk management firms in Australia and overseas. The program is internationally recognised as one of the most applied and professional graduate programs available.

Wide range of electives

In addition to our core units - Portfolio Management and Valuation, Financial Instruments, Corporate Finance, Financial Risk Management and Professional Practice - we offer an unmatched range of elective units. Each unit of study provides you with an opportunity to broaden and deepen your knowledge and stay up to date with key market issues.

Your studies can be generalist in nature or can be structured to develop specialised knowledge in a sharply focused field.

Students in the Sydney and Melbourne programs may choose to focus on a particular area of study:

Each area of specialisation contains a range of electives, enabling focus on areas likely to expand industry knowledge. Most units have prerequisites, which need to be considered when designing a personal study plan.

More information about specialisation streams.

Which Master of Applied Finance program suits you?

  Master of Applied Finance (with credit) Master of Applied Finance Master of Applied Finance (extended
Award Master of Applied Finance (MAppFin) Master of Applied Finance (MAppFin) Master of Applied Finance (MAppFin) plus Graduate Certificate of Applied Finance Post-MAppFin (GradCertPost-MAppFin)
Entry requirements

Bachelor degree in finance-related field, and

2 years' relevant professional work experience*

Bachelor degree in any field, and

2 years' relevant professional work experience*

Bachelor degree in any field, and

2 years' relevant professional work experience*

Program duration (minimum)

1 year full-time

2 years part-time

1.5 years full-time

3 years part-time

2 years full-time
Credit points required to complete program (maximum) 32 48 64
Program structure

Advanced units of study:

Gateway (conversion) units of study:

Advanced units of study:

Advanced units of study:

8 additional elective units of study

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Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the Master of Applied Finance are:

Applicants whose prior degree is not in a finance/business discipline will need to study up to 4 gateway units.

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.

Duration of study

Macquarie’s recognition of prior learning via formal studies, work experience, training programs and industry accredited qualifications, may satisfy admission requirements to a program and/or reduce the number of gateway units of study.

The minimum time to complete the standard MAppFin is 1.5 years full-time equivalent. With full credit for recognised prior learning, the minimum time to complete is 1 year full-time equivalent.

Recognition of prior learning will be assessed with your application. Further information on available credits and exemptions may be found on the credit and exemption page.

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

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*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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