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Master of Finance

Overview

Why choose this master’s degree?

  • A specialist degree designed for graduates with a major in Finance
  • Challenging program taught by industry leading academics and researchers, developed in close consultation with the finance sector
  • Gain a competitive advantage in your financial career, with the latest theories and practical techniques
  • Acquire advanced level finance knowledge
  • Choose to specialise in an area based on your professional development needs and career path
  • Eligibility for Associate membership with the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) 

Who is this degree for?

  • Graduates with an bachelor degree majoring in finance
  • Professionals seeking to increase their finance knowledge with an advanced finance degree

Job and career prospects

The degree will open up many career opportunities including:

  • Banking professionals
  • Corporate treasury
  • Financial advisors
  • Financial brokers
  • Funds management
  • International finance
  • Investment banking

Degree structure

The Master of Finance is a 1 year degree program consisting of 8 courses (48 UOC); 4 core advanced finance courses, plus 4 elective courses.

Core courses:

  • Empirical Techniques and Applications in Finance
  • Financial Risk Management for Financial Institutions
  • Empirical Studies in Finance
  • Financial Theory and Policy

Elective courses

Choose four from any of the following streams:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Finance (General)
  • Funds Management
  • International Finance
  • Investment Banking

View full program details (UNSW Online Handbook)

Entry requirements

Recognised bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) majoring in finance (minimum seven courses) with a credit average, as determined by the Australian School of Business. You also need to demonstrate competence in mathematics and statistical methods.

If you’ve successfully completed the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program, you may be granted one course exemption.

Students who are graduates of Australian or NZ universities

For students who have studied at an Australian or New Zealand university, the normal minimum entry requirement is a credit average grade (65%) or equivalent as determined by the Australian School of Business. 

Students who are not graduates of Australian or NZ universities

For students who have studied at overseas universities, the normal minimum academic requirement is the equivalent of a credit average grade from an Australian university, as determined by the Australian School of Business. In the following countries, the equivalent grade has been determined as below:

 

Brazil

7.0/10

 

Japan

70/100

Canada

3.3/4.3

 

Korea

3.00/4.5

Chile

5.0/7

 

Kuwait

3.0/4

China (985) 75/100

Malaysia

3.0/4

China (211)

75/100

 

Netherlands

7.0/10

China (non-211)

85/100+

 

New Zealand

B average

Colombia   3.5/5

Philippines

85/100

Denmark

8.0/13

 

Saudi Arabia

3.5/5

France

12/20

 

Singapore

3.5/5

Germany

2.8/5

 

South Africa

65/100

Hong Kong

3.0/4

 

Sri Lanka

60/100

India

*

 

Taiwan

75/100

Indonesia

3.0/4

 

Thailand

3.0/4

Iran

14/20**

 

UK (Honours)

2.2

Israel

65/100

 

USA

3.0/4

Italy

80/110

 

Vietnam

7.2/10

*Indian universities award different types of bachelor and master degrees, with different requirements in terms of length of study. At a minimum, applicants would be required to have a 3 year bachelor degree or professional bachelor degree.

** Iranian universities award different types of bachelor degrees, with different requirements in terms of length of study. At a minimum, applicants would be required to have a 4 year bachelor degree.

+ Non-211 Chinese universities must be HES1 in NOOSR.

In those countries where an equivalent grade has not been established, the following will be taken into consideration:

  • The standard and content of the undergraduate program completed, and
  • The standard of the institution from which the qualifications were obtained

Generally, a second class honours would result in an offer being made. However, higher grades may be required depending on the institution of study.

The UNSW English Language requirements also apply to this program.

How to apply

You can apply for this program online or by mail:

There are two intakes per year:

  • Semester 1 (March) intake, apply by November 30
  • Semester 2 (July) intake, apply by May 30

 

Late applications may be accepted after the closing dates subject to the availability of places. Please note that whilst we endeavour to process applications as quickly as possible, due to time constraints it cannot be guaranteed that a late application will be processed in time for Semester commencement.

 

Find out more about applying for a postgraduate degree at UNSW.

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Quick facts
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Program code:8406
Award:Masters Degree (Coursework)
Assumed knowledge:Finance
Total Units of Credit (UOC):48
Study mode:Face to face
Duration:1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Commencing semesters:
Semester 1 - March
Semester 2 - July
Campus:Kensington Campus
Course fee:$3,540
Program fee (total):$28,320
Program code:8406
CRICOS code:038393J
Award:Masters Degree (Coursework)
Assumed knowledge:Finance
Total Units of Credit (UOC):48
Study mode:Face to face
Duration:1 year full-time
Commencing semesters:
Semester 1 - March
Semester 2 - July
Campus:Kensington Campus
Course fee:$4,620
Program fee (total):$36,960
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