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Course overview


STUDY MODE

100% online

NUMBER OF SUBJECTS

12

NEXT INTAKE

4 Mar 2024

COURSE FEE

$31,200.00

AVAILABLE LOANS

FEE-HELP

AQF LEVEL

9

COURSE DURATION

2 years full-time
4 years part-time
1.2 years accelerated full-time

PROVIDER ID

PRV12030


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 specialise in a particular knowledge area, tailoring your study to a particular area of your own interest or to align with your career aspirations. Specialisations available include:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Investment Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Business Intelligence

This qualification caters to your ability to work domestically and globally. In addition, the MAF encapsulates CFA® learning outcomes, and pathways and advanced standing are available for those who have completed or are looking to gain the CFA® designation. For more information about our CFA-MAF pathways, please click here.

Who is this course for:

  • Finance professionals seeking advanced technical and specialist knowledge
  • Candidates with CA, CPA, CFP, GAA, or other accreditations now looking to develop further capacity to work in finance (recognition of prior learning may apply)
  • Professionals from other fields looking to move into finance

Course structure

Single subject study is also available. Click here for full subject availability. 

Program structure

CourseNumber of SubjectsSubjects required to completeMaximum time frame to completeCan I take out a specialisation?
Graduate Certificate in
Applied Finance
42 core subjects
+
2 elective subjects
3 years
(18 Study Periods)
No
Graduate Diploma of
Applied Finance
82 core subjects
+
6 elective subjects
4 years
(24 Study Periods)
Yes
Master of Applied Finance124 core subjects
+
8 elective subjects
(At least 2 from 300 level)
5 years
(30 Study Periods)
Yes

Progress your qualification

If you have graduated with a Kaplan Professional or Finsia postgraduate qualification, you may wish to progress to a higher qualification.

 

Exit qualifications

Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance
Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance

Learning outcomes

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this qualification, individuals will be able to:

  • Critically analyse and apply key economic principles, market concepts and global insights to a range of situations
  • Integrate relevant legislation, regulatory frameworks, codes of practice, and ethical behaviour in a variety of financial services scenarios
  • Incorporate independent judgement, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to evaluate developments in the field of finance
  • Synthesise complex information and theories to analyse the financial issues and challenges facing organisations and to assess their overall financial situation and value
  • Apply technical skills, theoretical knowledge and professional practices to formulate models, inform financial decision making, and develop financial strategies
  • Communicate underlying theoretical concepts and complex findings from financial analysis – including reasoning, interpretation, predictions and conclusions – to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Undertake research by assessing various information sources, critically review current issues and theories, and apply research principles and methods

Graduate attributes

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:

  • Deep discipline knowledge
  • Ethical conduct and values
  • Communication
  • Digital literacy
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Independence and initiative

Please click here to learn more about our graduate attributes.

Potential career paths

  • Managerial positions including portfolio manager, risk manager, compliance manager, funds manager and investment manager
  • Analytical analyst roles including investment analyst, financial risk analyst, business analyst and compliance analyst
  • Adviser or consultant including corporate finance adviser and investment consultant
Potential career paths

On completion of this qualification, individuals will be able to:

  • Critically analyse and apply key economic principles, market concepts and global insights to a range of situations
  • Integrate relevant legislation, regulatory frameworks, codes of practice, and ethical behaviour in a variety of financial services scenarios
  • Incorporate independent judgement, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to evaluate developments in the field of finance
  • Synthesise complex information and theories to analyse the financial issues and challenges facing organisations and to assess their overall financial situation and value
  • Apply technical skills, theoretical knowledge and professional practices to formulate models, inform financial decision making, and develop financial strategies
  • Communicate underlying theoretical concepts and complex findings from financial analysis – including reasoning, interpretation, predictions and conclusions – to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Undertake research by assessing various information sources, critically review current issues and theories, and apply research principles and methods

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:

  • Deep discipline knowledge
  • Ethical conduct and values
  • Communication
  • Digital literacy
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Independence and initiative

Please click here to learn more about our graduate attributes.

  • Managerial positions including portfolio manager, risk manager, compliance manager, funds manager and investment manager
  • Analytical analyst roles including investment analyst, financial risk analyst, business analyst and compliance analyst
  • Adviser or consultant including corporate finance adviser and investment consultant
Potential career paths

Key dates

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.

Study Period 1

11 Dec 2023 - 29 Mar 2024

❌ Enrolments now closed

Early access opens 11 December 2023

Early access to assessments 21 December 2023

Study period commences 8 January 2024

Enrolments close/census 24 January 2024

Study period ends 29 March 2024

Assessment dates See assessment information

Study Period 2

5 Feb 2024 - 24 May 2024

✓ Enrolments open now

Early access opens 5 February 2024

Early access to assessments 19 February 2024

Study period commences 4 March 2024

Enrolments close/census 20 March 2024

Study period ends 24 May 2024

Assessment dates See assessment information

Study Period 3

1 Apr 2024 - 19 Jul 2024

✓ Enrolments open now

Early access opens 1 April 2024

Early access to assessments 15 April 2024

Study period commences 29 April 2024

Enrolments close/census 15 May 2024

Study period ends 19 July 2024

Assessment dates See assessment information

Study Period 4

3 Jun 2024 - 20 Sep 2024

✓ Enrolments open now

Early access opens 3 June 2024

Early access to assessments 17 June 2024

Study period commences 1 July 2024

Enrolments close/census 17 July 2024

Study period ends 20 September 2024

Assessment dates See assessment information

Study Period 5

29 Jul 2024 - 15 Nov 2024

✓ Enrolments open now

Early access opens 29 July 2024

Early access to assessments 12 August 2024

Study period commences 26 August 2024

Enrolments close/census 11 September 2024

Study period ends 15 November 2024

Assessment dates See assessment information

Study Period 6

30 Sep 2024 - 17 Jan 2025

✓ Enrolments open now

Early access opens 30 September 2024

Early access to assessments 14 October 2024

Study period commences 28 October 2024

Enrolments close/census 13 November 2024

Study period ends 17 January 2025

Assessment dates See assessment information

For a full list of annual study period dates, click here >

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 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

  • Completion of a Bachelor degree or higher qualification in a related discipline*, or
  • Completion of a Bachelor degree or higher qualification in an unrelated discipline with a minimum of two years full-time (or part-time equivalent) relevant work experience

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 disciplines include:

  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Studies
  • Banking
  • Business
  • Commerce
  • Investments
  • Economics

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 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 courseadvice@kaplan.edu.au to discuss your options.

Related industry experience

  • Working in a finance-related role
  • Self-employed in a related area

Recognition of Prior Learning

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:

  • Advanced standing based on an industry designation
  • Advanced standing based on prior postgraduate study
  • Advanced standing based on industry experience

Find out more about Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), review the advanced standing ‘Precedent list,’ and get detailed guidance on the application process.

  • Completion of a Bachelor degree or higher qualification in a related discipline*, or
  • Completion of a Bachelor degree or higher qualification in an unrelated discipline with a minimum of two years full-time (or part-time equivalent) relevant work experience

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 disciplines include:

  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Studies
  • Banking
  • Business
  • Commerce
  • Investments
  • Economics

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 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 courseadvice@kaplan.edu.au to discuss your options.

  • Working in a finance-related role
  • Self-employed in a related area

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:

  • Advanced standing based on an industry designation
  • Advanced standing based on prior postgraduate study
  • Advanced standing based on industry experience

Find out more about Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), review the advanced standing ‘Precedent list,’ and get detailed guidance on the application process.

How to apply

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 relevant technology access and skills.

Find out more

You can apply to study with Kaplan Professional by completing our online application (enrolment) form.

Alternatively, you can submit a hard copy of the application (enrolment) form.

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.

Apply (enrol) now

You may be able to obtain advanced standing or recognition of prior learning for a Kaplan Professional subject based on your previous study, professional membership status and/or work experience.

Find out more

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.

Why choose us

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fees and FEE-HELP

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.

Tuition fees

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:

Enrolment feesFee
Subject fee 2024$2,600

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.

Download a new student application (enrolment) form>

Other fees

Further fees may apply. Click here for a full list of fees and allowances.

Support and wellbeing

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.

Support and wellbeing

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.

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