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Set the direction of your finance career with the Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance. You can choose to specialise in a particular area of professional practice, or follow a generalist pathway and study the subjects that interest you.
You’ll have the opportunity to become a technical specialist in a particular area of financial practice by choosing to major in:
Who is this course for?
Potential career paths:
An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualification is recognised both within Australia and internationally. For further information about AQF qualifications, please visit the AQF website www.aqf.edu.au.
Individuals will need to have access to a computer and internet connection to study this course.
*The course durations outlined above provide an indication of how long it may take an individual to complete this course. Actual completion times may vary depending on individual study patterns.
The recommended study hours for each subject can be found in the relevant subject outline listed under the ‘Program structure and subjects’ tab.
For information regarding course completion timeframes, please refer to our Progression Policy.
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3 Core subjects:
5 Elective subjects:
Single subject study is also available. Click here for full subject availability.
Progress your qualification
If you have graduated with a Kaplan Professional or Finsia postgraduate qualification, you may wish to progress to a higher qualification. Learn more >
Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance
On completion of this qualification, individuals will be able to:
Kaplan Professional defines the philosophy underpinning our qualifications through the graduate attributes. These are the qualities we’d like individuals to develop as they progress through their academic studies; they reflect what individuals will know (knowledge) or be able to do (capabilities), when they finish their qualifications.
The attributes are built into Kaplan Professional course learning outcomes, content and assessments:
Please click here to learn more about our graduate attributes.
Latest digital learning – 100% online
You have access to KapLearn – your interactive and state-of-the-art online learning environment – anytime and anywhere. The convenience and flexibility will empower you to plan your study time around the rest of your day, instead of the other way around. Engage with the latest in 100% online digital learning, including discussion forums, interactive notes, online research journals, real-world case studies and diverse multimedia content.
One-on-one tutor support
You can book a call to speak with a tutor using Zoom. This can be used to seek more clarification on assessments, ask questions, or discuss certain theories and concepts in more detail. Sessions can be booked in your KapLearn subject room.
Group Zoom study sessions
To encourage a stronger sense of mutual support and collaboration among our student community, you can participate in tutor-facilitated group study sessions. Hosted over one hour, you can discuss your studies with your peers in the industry, while connecting on a personal level.
Regular tutor posts in discussion forums
To encourage as much interaction as possible between students and faculty, tutors regularly post in the discussion forum. This includes focus points from the week’s topics, as well as tips on study scheduling and how to approach assessment tasks.
Online proctored exams
By being able to sit your exams at home or in your office, this provides freedom and flexibility if you’re a full-time working professional, while eliminating factors that heighten anxiety and nervousness such as travel and crowded exam venues.
Proactive and personalised guidance
You can count on diligent and prompt support from a dedicated Student Advice team who are always a phone call or email away. The team is experienced, knowledgeable and specifically in place to support those who are studying at the postgraduate level.
Practical and relevant learning instead of just academic theory
Your qualification is designed and delivered by industry experts and leading practitioners, ensuring learning can be immediately applied to your professional practice. Content is designed to be practical and relevant, based on contemporary case studies and the latest industry insights and trends.
Australia’s longest-standing provider
We’re Australia’s longest-standing provider of postgraduate applied finance qualifications and have over 40 years’ experience (The Securities Institute, FINSIA and Kaplan Professional) in setting the standard for applied finance education in the country.
CFA® pathways available
Pathways and advanced standing are available if you’ve completed or are looking to gain the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designation, including up to six subject credits in the Master of Applied Finance.
Six intakes every year
With six intakes every year, you can plan ahead and study when it suits you. A new study period commences every two months, overlapping slightly from the previous, so you can pace your studies to achieve your goals within your desired timeframe.
Extra time each study period
Take advantage of our complimentary early access period to make a head start on your next subject. Gain an extra four weeks of access to your online subject room, learning materials, support resources and assessments in advance of the study period commencement date to give you more time to prepare yourself and balance your learning.
Next available intake
For a full list of annual study period dates, click here >
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 Institute of Higher Education. Overseas qualifications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis using the Country Education Profiles (CEPs) qualification recognition tool provided by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment.
Minimum education requirements for entry
You’ll be required to provide Kaplan Professional with documents supporting your application as evidence that you meet the requirements for entry into the course. Please review the Provision of Entry Requirement Documents (PDF) for more information.
*Related disciplines include:
Related industry/work experience includes:
Don’t meet the above entry requirements?
You may be eligible to pathway into the Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance by enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance. Please visit the Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance page and refer to the ‘Entry requirements’ tab.
You may also be eligible for entry into this course based on your work expertise and/or if you hold an academic and/or professional qualification that is deemed appropriate to Kaplan Professional. Please refer to alternative entry pathways for further information, or feel free to contact 1300 135 798 or email@example.com to discuss your options.
Advanced standing may be awarded in recognition of prior learning (RPL) or industry experience, which is directly related to this course.
We recognise various types of prior learning towards our postgraduate courses:
Further information can be found on our Advanced Standing ‘Precedent List’.
Click here for further information about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
Each Kaplan Professional postgraduate qualification has minimum entry requirements that you must meet to qualify for admission.
In order to complete your studies with Kaplan Professional, you’re assumed to have the following skills and access relating to technology. Please click here to view our minimum technology requirements.
You can apply to study with Kaplan Professional by completing our online application form. Alternatively, you can submit a hard copy of the application form below.
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You can apply now and supply documentation later to support your application for admission (within three weeks of your initial application to the qualification). Please click here for details on what documentation you may need to provide to support your application.
You may be able to obtain advanced standing for a Kaplan Professional subject based on your previous study, professional membership status and/or work experience.
All subjects are offered online for each study period, giving you the flexibility of choosing when and where you wish study. You pay tuition fees for the subject(s) you’re enrolled in within an individual study period. Check the fee schedule for more information about fees.
FEE-HELP is available to eligible students. Click here to find out if you’re eligible for FEE-HELP.
You should also check the individual subject outlines to understand the recommended study time commitments for the subject, along with any recommended assumed knowledge. Click here to view a list of financial planning subjects.
Make sure you also check the assessment timetable to ensure you are available to sit the assessment pieces.
Click here to access student polices and forms.
Locked-in pricing and FEE-HELP
To safeguard against any future price increases, you can lock in the price of your subject enrolment fees for the duration of your qualification. Many eligible students use FEE-HELP, which is a Commonwealth Government loan. This means you don’t need to pay to study upfront, helping you to reduce some of your financial burden.
When you apply to study with Kaplan Professional, you pay for the subjects you’ve enrolled in for each study period.
The tuition fee listed below applies to all postgraduate subjects:
If you’re paying by cheque, utilising a deferral, or have a preferred client code, you’ll need to download and submit a hard copy of the form below.
Further fees may apply. Click here for a full list of fees and allowances.
You may find our Payment FAQs useful. Click here to learn more.
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Student support and wellbeing services
We understand studying isn’t always easy; you may not have studied for some time or perhaps you haven’t studied online previously. Kaplan Professional recognises juggling study with work and family commitments, while trying to find the balance can be demanding.
Your wellbeing and safety is paramount to Kaplan Professional. We want to ensure your experience is well-rounded and balanced to help you attain the most from your studies, so we encourage you to take advantage of the services available to you.
If you have a disability or ongoing health condition, which may impact on your ability to study or complete assessments, we can provide additional support to ensure you have an equal opportunity to complete your studies
Our support teams are here to assist you when you encounter these challenges. They can work with you to overcome any difficulties, so you can achieve your study goals.
Further information on student support and wellbeing services can be found here.
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