Why us

Why us

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The global financial system, and the technologies driving it, has changed substantially in recent years, presenting new opportunities for those finance professionals with the right skills and knowledge.  However, this ever-changing environment means that finance industry professionals need a much broader and deeper knowledge than ever before.

Since opening in 1980, Macquarie University’s Applied Finance Centre has designed and delivered graduate programs that combine the collective experience of the industry practitioners who deliver its programs with the academic rigour required for an applied understanding of the theories that underpin solutions for ‘real world’ finance issues and complex transactions.

Delivered by industry practitioners

Our programs are designed and delivered by finance professionals with substantial industry experience and strong academic qualifications. This ensures you’ll understand not only the relevant finance theories, but also have practical, applied knowledge that you can rely upon immediately in your workplace.

Real-world finance. Applied.

It’s essential that our students gain the knowledge and skills relevant to today’s financial environment. Our programs are structured to ensure you learn how finance works in the real world, not just in theory. In addition to the latest research, our faculty share insights from their own careers, and use a range of recent international and Australian case studies to highlight important concepts.

Wide range of elective units

Given the speed at which the financial services sector changes and the increasing need for financial professionals to have specialist skills, we offer a comprehensive range of relevant elective units. Each unit provides you with an opportunity to deepen your knowledge base and stay up-to-date with key market issues.

Units evolve and new offerings are made, as markets or technologies dictate or disrupt. You’ll benefit from units that address contemporary industry challenges and issues important to your role and career.

Student experience and networking

Students of the Master of Applied Finance and the Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance have two or more years’ relevant professional work experience. Alternative entry pathways ensure that there is a consistent base level of understanding amongst each cohort for a meaningful, rigorous, and interactive learning environment in all classrooms across each of our teaching centres.

Students learn from each other’s experiences as well as those of the teaching faculty. Sharing a classroom with other industry professionals provides excellent study networks and lifelong professional connections for students.

An MAFC LinkedIn Group supports current students, newsfeed, scholarship and prize opportunities, and invitations to events from Macquarie Applied Finance Centre and Macquarie University. Professional opportunities and discussion amongst members are promoted and help to build recognition of key alumni and meaningful activity for the group.

Hear from our students

  • Ellie's story

    Why I moved from the science lab into start-ups

  • Renata's story

    How I managed my successful career change

  • Flexible study options

    Committing to graduate study is a significant undertaking.  We understand that you’ll need to juggle your professional life and personal responsibilities, and may need flexibility in your program.

    Our students may study part-time or full-time, or online, depending on the chosen program.

      Sydney Melbourne Beijing
    Master of Applied Finance

    Part-time or full-time



    Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance



    Graduate Certificate of Finance

    Online from any location

    If travelling for work or pleasure, studies may continue with our portable programs, dependant on timetable and language requirements.  You can start a program in one teaching centre and finish it in another or take a few units in a different centre if work takes you there for an extended period (our Beijing program is taught predominantly in Mandarin). Some students fly in/fly out of a centre for a unit taught in “block mode” simply because the timetable in that centre suits them better.

    Convenient CBD locations

    Our teaching centres are located centrally in Sydney CBD, Melbourne CBD and Beijing.  Each location is serviced by public transport and easily accessible.

    Strong links with industry

    • MAFC's education partnerships with the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), and Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT)  provide high quality graduate education to early-career finance professionals.
    • MAFC was the first Australian education partner to receive formal recognition from the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute as a Program Affiliate.This means that our Master of Applied Finance program provide students with a solid grounding in its Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK).
    • We are also the first University in the Asian region to have a graduate program accredited by the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA). Students who successfully complete the relevant parts of our program are eligible for exemption from the first two PRMIA exams.
    • Other partnerships include the Risk Management Association Inc.

    Global alumni network

    With more than 5,000 alumni across 43 countries, our graduates join a network of senior leaders in financial services.

    A MAFC LinkedIn Group supports alumni connections, and facilitates newsfeed and events from Macquarie Applied Finance Centre and Macquarie University. Professional opportunities, career openings, and discussion amongst members are promoted and help to build recognition of key alumni and meaningful activity for the group.

    Macquarie University’s alumni relations team also ensures alumni are kept informed of University events and special invitation-only opportunities.

    Global recognition opens doors

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