Master of Applied Finance

  • Course overview

    Kaplan’s Master of Applied Finance (MAppFin) course sets a benchmark for higher education offered online and attracts more students than any other applied finance course. You can choose to major in:

    The Master of Applied Finance  provides you with the technical knowledge and critical skills necessary for senior leadership positions within the finance industry.

    FEE-HELP is available for this course. Study now and pay later.

  • Who should enrol in this qualification?

    • Finance professionals seeking advanced technical and specialist knowledge.
    • Those wanting to add strategic management to their financial qualifications, and in doing so put themselves forward for senior management roles. 
    • Candidates CA, CPA, CFP, GAA, or other accreditations now looking to develop further capacity to work in finance (automatic exemptions may apply).


  • Important dates


    2014 principal study period dates
    Study Period 3
    Study Period 4 *
    Study Period 5*
    Enrolments open30 June1 July
    2 July
    Trimester commences22 September20 October
    15 December
    Enrolments close (new students)3 October31 October26 December
    Census date8 October26 November7 January 2015
    Enrolments close (continuing students)17 October14 November9 January 2015
    Mid-term assessments week commencing27 - 28 October24 November26 January 2015
    Trimester ends5 December16 January 201513 March 2015
    Final assessments week commencing8 - 10 December12 January 20159 March 2015
    Release of results5 January 201526 December27 February 2015

    *Limited subjects available. 


  • Subjects

    Three (3) core subjects:

    1. FIN101 Financial Markets and Economic Principles
    2. FIN102 Regulation Ethics and Risk Management
    3. FIN103 Financial Analysis and Valuation

    Compulsory Subject

    1. FIN201 Quantitative Applications in Finance*

    *It is recommended that this subject is studied as the final subject in your Masters program.

    Elective subjects (choose any eight (8) subjects at least two (2) from 300 level):

    1. FIN201 Quantitative Applications in Finance
    2. FIN202 Fundamentals of Asset Valuation
    3. FIN203 Fundamentals of Risk
    4. FIN205 Business Valuation
    5. FIN206 Investment Management
    6. FIN215 Asset and Liability Management**
    7. FIN216 Business Finance and Credit Analysis
    8. FIN219 Operational Risk Management
    9. FIN221 Structuring and Packaging Financial Products
    10. FIN223 Funding Sources
    11. FIN231 Technical Analysis
    12. FIN233 Advanced Valuation***
    13. FIN234 Strategic Management
    14. FIN235 Sales and Marketing for Financial Institutions
    15. FIN240 Interest Rate Markets
    16. FIN280 Financial Modelling
    17. FIN290 Business Valuation Application
    18. FIN322 Industrial Equity Analysis
    19. FIN327 Mining Investment Analysis
    20. FIN328 Real Estate Analysis Funding
    21. FIN329 Futures and Options Markets and Trading
    22. FIN330 Mergers and Aquisitions
    23. FIN338 Project Finance
    24. FIN341 Foreign Exchange Markets
    25. FIN342 Applied Corporate Finance
    26. FIN343 Market Risk Management
    27. FIN344 Credit Risk Management

    **FIN215 cannot be taken with, or instead of FIN204

    ***FIN233 cannot be taken with, or instead of FIN205

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    for full subject availability. 

  • Entry requirements

    Below are the minimum education requirements for entry into our postgraduate courses.

    Alternative entry pathways may be available to you if you do not meet the minimum education requirements. In addition, other entry requirements, such as English language proficiency, may apply to you depending on your academic background.

    The qualifications listed as minimum education requirements must be from a recognised Higher Education provider (including the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition).

    Minimum education requirement for entry
    Master of Applied Finance- A related* Undergraduate Degree or Graduate Diploma, or
    - An unrelated Undergraduate Degree or Graduate Diploma plus 2 years related industry experience
    Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance- An Undergraduate Degree or Graduate Certificate, or
    - A related* Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or
    - An unrelated Advanced Diploma or Diploma plus 2 years' related industry experience, or
    - Academic and/or professional qualifications demonstrating potential to undertake study at this level
    Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance- An Undergraduate Degree, or
    - A related* Advanced Diploma or Diploma
    - An unrelated Advanced Diploma or Diploma plus 2 years' related industry experience, or
    - Academic and/or professional qualifications demonstrating potential to undertake study at this level
    Graduate Certificate in Corporate Finance- An Undergraduate Degree, or
    - A related Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or
    - An unrelated Advanced Diploma or Diploma plus 2 years related industry experience, or
    - Academic and/or professional qualifications demonstrating potential to undertake study at this level.
    Graduate Certificate in Mining Finance- An Undergraduate Degree, or
    - A related Advanced Diploma or Diploma, or
    - An unrelated Advanced Diploma or Diploma plus 2 years related industry experience, or
    - Academic and/or professional qualifications demonstrating potential to undertake study at this level.
  • Exit qualifications

    Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance
    Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance

  • Fees

    When you study at Kaplan, you pay as you go. So, you only need to pay for the subjects you intend to study each trimester.

    The fees listed below apply to all Higher Education subjects:

    Enrolment Fees
    2014 Fee
    Subject feeAUD $2,150*
    Finsia associate and fellow member subject feeAUD $1,935**

    *Fee per subject
    **Finisa members are entitled to a 10% discount on all postgraduate subjects in the applied finance and financial planning qualifications only.
    Discount is not available to Finsia student and affiliate members.

    Click here to for a full list of fees and allowances.

  • Studying at Kaplan

    At Kaplan Online Higher Education (KOHE), our graduates prosper from courses that offer real world application, built by practitioners working in the field. But don’t take our word for it. Hear what some of our students have had to say about their Kaplan learning experience.


    Erin Shields – Dixon Advisory

    Erin ShieldsWhy did you choose Kaplan over other providers?

    Kaplan has a solid reputation worldwide as a leader in educational courses and their specialty in online education provides the flexibility and accessibility necessary for people like myself who need to juggle work and their studies. I was confident that Kaplan would provide the content I wanted to learn, with the reputation to be recognised in the broader community.

    What did you think of KOHE’s course structure?

    I loved that I was able to select subjects that were relevant and interesting to my career and interests. I appreciated the flexibility to pace myself through my studies, but was also grateful for the expectation that a topic should be completed within a respectable time period.

    How has the course helped you in the workplace while studying?

    Absolutely! The practical nature of the courses has greatly assisted me in devising strategies for my own clients. Kaplan’s courses appeal to a broad range of students, with courses providing the most basic introduction to a topic and compounding this knowledge into more complex theories and strategies; all of which are relevant and useful when providing advice.

    Where are you now in your career and has this course helped you get there?

    I am currently working as a Financial Advisor with Dixon Advisory, providing strategic advice to Australians to assist them to understand their goals and realise their financial objectives in a tax-effective and risk-appropriate way.


    Jai Manzo – Senior Business Banking Manager at NAB

    Jai ManzoWhy did you choose Kaplan over other providers?

    I chose Kaplan over other providers as it is an internationally recognised institution and provided me the ability to complete my studies online in my own time. This allowed me to balance studies and full-time work as I was able to study when and where I chose – even while overseas!

    What did you think about KOHE’s course structure?

    The course structure, via the breadth of elective subjects provided, afforded me flexibility to tailor my studies towards building knowledge for my current role as well as for my future career aspirations. The course structure also focused on shared learning among students via discussion forums and team activities which provided invaluable opportunities to expand my professional network.

    How has the course helped you in the workplace while studying?

    The real life industry case studies provided practical, relevant and up-to-date knowledge which I could apply immediately in my workplace. The delivery of these industry case studies by current industry practitioners and experts ensured a focus on knowledge for the workplace underpinned all subjects.

    Where are you now in your career and has this course helped you to get there?

    The course has played an integral role in progressing my career at NAB. The practical nature of subject content was tailored specifically to help me excel in the workplace and keep me up to date with industry requirements and issues.


  • Student testominials

    “After working for several years after university as a solicitor, Kaplan’s courses gave me the knowledge and skills that I needed to move into finance. I’m now a Director of a major Australian investment management firm.”

    Alexandra Campbell
    Completed the Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and
    Master of Applied Finance


    “The training offered by Kaplan was extremely useful. I personally found the Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance to help greatly in being able to understand more about how my company operates, the important areas to focus on, and how to discuss core business concepts with senior management.”

    Dr. Robert Scott
    Completed Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance


    “As a qualified CA I already had a solid academic background but felt to progress in my new role I needed to improve my technical knowledge base. The Kaplan Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance was just what I was looking for with an array of technically sound and very practical courses.

    A Kaplan Graduate Diploma is well regarded by my employer and the investment banking industry and I can safely say that it has been a critical element in my career progression.”

    Dino Talavanic
    Completed Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance


    “Flexibility and choice. These two features were the key reasons why I undertook the Masters of Applied Finance with Kaplan.

    The delivery of the course was flexible and allowed me to balance the requirements of my job in the finance industry with my study commitments.

    The ability to choose from many elective subjects differentiated the Kaplan Online Masters from other postgraduate courses offered in the industry.”

    Elie Saikaly
    Completed the Master of Applied Finance


    “I enrolled in the Kaplan Masters so I could up-skill, become more valuable to my employer and provide even better services to my clients. It’s a qualification that is well respected both within the industry and by clients.”

    Simon Whiteley
    Completed the Master of Applied Finance


  • Practitioner testimonials

    “I can testify that its courses are first class in bringing the practicalities of the market and the real economy together in an understandable way which is materially beneficial to those involved in the financial services sector.

    The key involvement of practitioners brings to life the vicissitudes of the economy and market such as the 1987 sharemarket crash, 1990′s recession, internet bubble and GFC, against a robust theoretical background. My experience is that this combination is unparalleled in the postgraduate financial services education marketplace and so cannot recommend it any more highly.”

    Michael Heffernan
    KOHE Practitioner


    “Kaplan Online Higher Education offers a distinct advantage over many postgraduate education providers.

    KOHE subjects are prepared in conjunction with and delivered by senior industry professionals with an intimate knowledge of both theory and practice. This will give any student an edge in a very competitive marketplace. If you want to know both the theory and how things really work, then Kaplan is where you need to come.”

    Angela Ashton
    Consultant at Fundhost
    KOHE practitioner


    “Kaplan courses equip students with the up-to-date knowledge and skills they need to reach their full potential. By learning directly from industry practitioners, students can immediately and practically apply the knowledge to their professional career.”

    Peter Richards
    Senior Financial Planner
    Centric Wealth Advisers
    KOHE practitioner


    “The courses combine theory with practical examples and references to relevant situations in the market, so students can apply their learning on the spot. The insight into the finance sector provided by practitioners who earn their living in the industry is invaluable.”

    Hamish Blair
    Leadenhall Corporate Finance
    KOHE practitioner


    “The fact that the practitioner faculty are employed in the industry ensures that the knowledge they impart is current, practical and relevant. Most of the students are also working in the industry and so the interaction between students and faculty generally provides informed debate on current industry affairs.”

    John-Paul Monck
    Senior Analyst – Diversified Institutions Division
    Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA)
    KOHE practitioner


    “Kaplan’s postgraduate courses offer a unique mix of theory and real-life practical examples that provide students with an excellent base from which to develop and enhance their careers. Students have the ability to learn from a wide range of professionals who offer their own expertise and experience, which allows students the opportunity to build a competitive edge in today’s marketplace.”

    Anthony Lazzoppina
    Director Investment Banking, M&A Advisory
    Barclays Capital
    KOHE practitioner

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