Master of Applied Finance

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Macquarie University’s Master of Applied Finance is one of the largest and most respected postgraduate finance degrees in the world. No comparable program has our depth of industry experience amongst its faculty. Our full-time academic staff have substantial industry backgrounds, while our adjunct lecturers are drawn from senior levels of the finance industry. Offered in Sydney, Melbourne and Beijing, you’ll acquire knowledge and skills that are directly relevant to your career, both now and into the future.

Key benefits

  • Delivered by industry practitioners – each an expert in their field – this course focuses on real-world finance while maintaining academic rigour.
  • You’ll develop strong industry connections through our educational partnerships with CAIA, CFA, FINSIA and PRMIA, as well as through an outstanding alumni network.
  • This course offers an unparalleled range of electives around a rigorous core curriculum, providing you with an individualised learning experience targeting your career plans.
  • You’ll build and extend your professional networks and benefit from peer-to-peer learning with an experienced student cohort.
  • Predominantly face-to-face/work-friendly block mode in CBD locations.

Who should apply?

This program is for experienced professionals. Whether you’re already in the finance industry or you’re currently working in another profession and you want to transition to finance (e.g. from engineering, law or IT), your prior qualifications and professional experience will be recognised as an alternative pathway into the program*.

Two applicants at computer, applying for a course at the Macquarie Applied Finance CentreThe Master of Applied Finance is for experienced professionals, whether currently in the finance industry or 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.  Macquarie University’s recognition of prior learning both from formal prior studies and gained through work experience, training programs, industry accredited qualifications and so forth can mean a reduction in the number of units of study.

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 MAppFin is internationally recognised as an industry-leading applied program in graduate finance.

Graduate opportunities

The MAppFin program is internationally recognised as one of the most relevant and professional graduate programs available. Past graduates have gone on to take up senior positions within banking, corporate finance, stockbroking, investment management, venture capital, project finance and risk management firms, both in Australia and overseas. You could too.

Design your course: Generalist or Specialist

We offer elective units across the four main areas of finance. You may study a wide variety of electives across all areas for a generalist foundation to support your future career goals, or specialise in your area of interest.

Generalist approach

You may choose six electives for a tailored learning outcome after satisfactorily completing prerequisite core units.

Specialist approach

Our four specialist streams apply finance concepts and skills to a particular area of financial services.

Pathway

There are alternative pathways to our programs depending on your prior learning:

  • applicants with prior formal studies in finance and 2 years of relevant professional work experience, are eligible to apply for direct entry to either the MAppFin (32 credit points) or the GradDipAppFin (16 credit points)
  • applicants with prior formal studies in non-finance areas and 2 years of relevant professional work experience, are eligible to apply for entry to the MAppFin (48 credit points)
  • applicants with prior formal studies in non-finance areas are eligible to apply for entry to the GradCertFin. Upon completion of that award and 2 years of relevant professional work experience, they are eligible to apply for direct entry to either the MAppFin (32 credit points) or the GradDipAppFin (16 credit points)
  • applicants to the GradDipAppFin are eligible to apply, on completion, to the MAppFin with full credit (16 credit points to complete)
  • applicants without prior formal studies (for example non-degree holders), but who have a minimum of 5 years of professional work experience, are eligible to apply for direct entry to either the MAppFin (32 credit points) or the GradDipAppFin (16 credit points) after completion of the GradCertFin.

These alternate pathways are depicted in the following schematic:

MAppFin pathways

pathways diagram

How long will it take?

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.

We’ll assess your prior qualifications and experience when you apply, and tell you if, and by how much, it will reduce your study duration. Learn more about available credits and exemptions.

Entry requirements

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

  • A Bachelor's degree or recognised equivalent, and
  • Two years’ relevant professional work experience*
  • If your prior degree isn’t in a finance or business discipline, you’ll need to study up to 4 gateway units.
  • Evidence of proficiency in English. For more information see English Language Requirements.

Which Master of Applied Finance program suits you?

You may already have credit towards your Master of Applied Finance. Find out which program suits you.

Student testimonial

Coming from an Engineering background, I would highly recommend their program to anyone looking to transition into Finance or to a commercial or senior management role. The gateway subjects gave a comprehensive grounding in Finance and I could immediately apply a much deeper understanding of markets and financial principles."

Course enquiry

The Macquarie Applied Finance Centre would like to answer all your questions in as much detail as possible. The more information you can provide, the more helpful and relevant our answers will be.


*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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