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Entry requirements

The tabs below outline 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).

CourseMinimum 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.

* Download examples of related degrees.

CourseMinimum education requirement for entry
Master of Financial Planning- A related* Undergraduate Degree or Graduate Diploma, or
- An unrelated Undergraduate Degree or Graduate Diploma plus 2 years' related industry experience
Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning- An Undergraduate Degree or Graduate Certificate, or
- A related* Advanced Diploma or Diploma deemed acceptable to Kaplan, 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 Financial Planning- An Undergraduate Degree, or
- A related* Advanced Diploma or Diploma deemed acceptable to Kaplan, 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

* Download examples of related degrees.

You will be required to provide Kaplan Professional with documents supporting that you meet the requirements for entry into the course. Please review the Provision of Entry Requirement Documents (PDF) for more information.

 

Related industry experience

Related industry experience can include, but is not limited to:

  • working for financial institution(s) in position(s) with exposure to aspects of the industry
  • managing a business for at least 2 years
  • self-employed roles in trading or related areas.

Download the Related Industry Experience Form.

 

Alternative Entry Pathways

If you do not meet the minimum education requirement for entry, you may be able to gain entry through alternative entry pathways such as Non-degree Entry and our HEADSTART Program.

 

Non-degree Entry

You may be able to enter any of our Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate postgraduate courses based on your industry expertise and/or if you hold an academic and/or professional qualification that is deemed appropriate. Download the Non-Degree Entry Form for more information.

 

HEADSTART Program

If you are a university student in the final semester of undergraduate study, or you are a Kaplan Professional Education student in your final subject of an open-entry Diploma and you have relevant industry experience, you may be able to enrol in up to 2 core subjects on a provisional basis.

Find out more about HEADSTART here. Limited places are available for HEADSTART entry.

 

English Language Proficiency

If your undergraduate degree was not completed in English, or your work in the finance industry was not carried out in English, you must demonstrate English proficiency to the overall band score of 6.5 in the IELTS test with a minimum score of 6.0 for each section of the test.

A minimum score of 6.0 in each of the IELTS bands is needed due to the components of the courses and the need to communicate in a verbal and written form that requires superior understanding of the English language.

A minimum score of 575 on the paper-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a TWE rating of 5, or a minimum score of 233 on the computer-based TOEFL with an essay rating of 5, or a minimum score of 91 on the internet-based TOEFL with an essay rating of 5 will also be accepted.

You must submit a certified copy of the IETLS or TEOFL results with your enrolment form and other entry requirement documentation as applicable. Please note that English language tests have a currency of approximately 2 years.