Master of Applied Finance (Advanced)

The (new for 2018) Macquarie University Master of Applied Finance (Advanced) program is designed primarily for students seeking a two year full time program of study that allows them to specialise across several areas of finance. Offered to domestic and international students in Sydney.

Delivered by our team of expert industry practitioners and focusing on real-world finance, the Master of Applied Finance (Advanced) provides the same gateway units and rigorous core curriculum units as the Master of Applied Finance program, whilst allowing you to take more units from our extensive selection of electives. As a Master of Applied Finance (Advanced) student, you will be completing an extra eight (for a total of fourteen) elective units, providing the opportunity for an even broader mastery of specialist electives to support your own unique career objectives. Applicants with prior degrees in finance related areas, may apply for recognition of prior learning to reduce their period of study. Alternatively, they may elect to complete the full two year program.

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 be able to study a total of 14 electives from our extensive range, building specialised skills across multiple areas of the finance industry.
  • 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.

If you are an international student interested in applying for the Master of Applied Finance (Advanced), please see our International page for more information.

What you will study

  2 year full-time program 1.5 year full-time program
Credit points 64 48
Gateway (conversion) units of study
  • Quantitative and Economics Analysis
  • Financial Statement Analysis and Modelling
  • Financial Management and Policy (International) or Finance Principles (Domestic)
  • Capital Markets (International) or Case Studies in Applied Finance (Domestic)
If you have completed a finance degree prior, you may be eligible for RPL.
RPL can remove gateway units of study.
Advanced units of study
  • Portfolio Management and Valuation
  • Financial Instruments
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Fourteen elective units
  • Professional Practice
  • Portfolio Management and Valuation
  • Financial Instruments
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Fourteen elective units
  • Professional Practice
Duration Minimum 2 years' full-time Minimum 18 months full-time
2018 fees Total cost AUD 71,600 Total cost AUD 58,800
Commencing Terms 1 and 3 Terms 1 and 3
Cricos code 095045A 095045A

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*.

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 areas of interest.

Generalist approach

You may choose fourteen 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. Fourteen electives provides the opportunity to focus in several specialist areas.

How long will it take?

The minimum time to complete the standard MAppFin(Adv) is 2 years full-time equivalent. With full credit for recognised prior learning, the minimum time to complete is 1.5 years full-time equivalent.

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

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the Master of Applied Finance (Advanced) 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 (Advanced). Find out which program suits you.


*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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