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This leading online Master of Applied Finance (MAF) is designed for ambitious and savvy individuals who are looking for advanced academic rigour, but thrive on practical and relevant learning immediately applicable in the workplace, and directly relevant to future career roles.
It provides you with the specialist technical knowledge and critical skills necessary to operate effectively in ever-changing local and global markets. You’ll also add quantitative analysis to your skill set, giving you a competitive edge when applying for senior management positions.
In addition to your core units, you can choose to major in a particular knowledge area, tailoring your study to specialise in a particular area of interest or to align with your career aspirations.
This qualification caters to your ability to work domestically and globally. In addition, the MAF encapsulates CFA® learning outcomes, and pathways and advanced standing is also available for those who have completed or are looking to gain the CFA® designation. Please see the ‘CFA® Exam Preparation’ tab for more information.
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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5 Core subjects:
7 Elective subjects (at least 2 from 300 level):
*Discontinued from Study Period 4, 2021
^It is recommended this subject is studied as the final subject in your Masters program.
Single subject study is also available. Click here for full subject availability.
7 Elective subjects: (at least 2 from 300 level)
*Significant content changes and rename
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 Diploma of Applied Finance Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance
Course learning outcomes
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.
I selected Kaplan Professional as my education provider because I wanted practical, relevant and recent learnings that I could apply to my future career roles. I analysed universities and Kaplan Professional’s Master of Applied Finance, and concluded that Kaplan Professional’s program was better suited to my aspirations.
– Mick O’Donoghue
I selected Kaplan Professional as my education provider because of the local Australian-specific industry knowledge, convenience of online study and reputation. My study with Kaplan Professional has allowed me credibility in the workplace, confidence with peer teams and an excellent working knowledge of the industry. Additionally, I’ve gained practical information in management of my own assets and pension.
– Bernard Perchman
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 applied finance education.
Learn from the best. The MAF is enriched by the experience and knowledge of an internal team of subject matter experts and academics, and a large pool of approximately 200 industry practitioners, many of whom hold senior positions at some of Australia’s leading financial institutions. This ensures the knowledge they impart is current, practical, relevant, and centred on best industry practice. Not only does this provide you with both the theory and knowledge of how things really work, the interaction between students and faculty encourages informed debate on current and topical affairs.
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.
Access to learning hub and first-class resources anywhere, anytime.
From enrolment to graduation, count on the guidance and support from our experienced and knowledgeable team of Student Advisers every step of the way.
Engage with like-minded professionals in a supportive peer-to-peer environment, to create a richer, more immersive learning experience.
Expand your professional network and join a global community of over 21,000 alumni.
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 Higher Education provider. 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.
You’ll 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:
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Related disciplines include:
Don’t meet the above entry requirements?
You may be eligible for a pathway into the Master of Applied Finance by enrolling in the Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance or the Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance. Please visit the Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance or Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance pages 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).
1. Check entry requirements
Each Kaplan Professional postgraduate qualification has minimum entry requirements 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.
2. Submit your application
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.
3. Apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL)
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.
4. Enrol into subjects
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 applied finance subjects.
Make sure you also check the assessment timetable to ensure you are available to sit the assessment pieces.
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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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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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