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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.
We’ve been providing practical and relevant qualifications designed from the industry perspective for over 40 years (The Securities Institute, FINSIA and Kaplan Professional). In addition, we were the first industry-specific provider in Australia and have since set the standard for online applied finance education in the country.
Learn from the best. Our applied finance qualifications are enriched by the experience and knowledge of an internal team of subject matter experts and academics, and a large pool of industry practitioners, many of whom hold senior positions at some of Australia’s leading banking and finance institutions.
Online proctored exams
You can sit exams from the comfort of your own home or office using online proctoring technology. This provides freedom and flexibility to already time-poor working professionals, while offering a comfortable and familiar place for you to perform at your best.
Early access program
Our early access program is designed for those who want to make a confident start to a subject every study period. By securing your enrolment early, you can access your online subject room and learning resources up to four weeks before the study period commences. Assessments can also be viewed up to two weeks beforehand.
One-on-one tutor support and group study sessions
If you ever need to seek more clarification on assessments or discuss certain concepts in more detail, you can book a time to speak with your subject tutor on Zoom. To encourage a stronger sense of mutual support and collaboration in our student community, tutor-facilitated group study sessions are also held regularly.
Frequent engagement in discussion forums
To encourage as much interaction as possible between students and faculty, tutors frequently 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.
Locked in pricing, FEE-HELP and payment support
To safeguard against any future price increases, you can lock in the price of your subject enrolment fees for the lifetime of your qualification. Many eligible students use FEE-HELP, which is a Commonwealth Government loan to pay for part or all of their tuition fees. This means you don’t need to pay to study upfront.
Six annual intakes
Study all-year round. Have the freedom to schedule your timetable around important deadlines to accommodate your personal and work commitments with your own personalised study plan. Intakes commence every two months, ensuring you can keep up your study momentum when needed.
Kaplan Professional’s six study period model provides you the freedom to study all year round. It also enables you to plan ahead and choose study periods that accommodate your professional and personal commitments. With a new study period commencing approximately every two months, overlapping slightly from the previous, you can accelerate your study or ‘take a break’ depending on your circumstances.
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 requirement for entry:
Related disciplines include:
Related industry 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 one of Kaplan Professional’s alternative entry pathways. Please refer to alternative entry pathways for further information, or feel free to contact 1300 135 798 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Studying at Kaplan Professional
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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