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Entry Requirements

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.

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
CourseMinimum education requirements for entry
(Study Period 1 2024 – Study Period 6 2024)
Master of Financial Planning- Completion of a Bachelor degree or higher qualification in a related discipline*
- 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
Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning- Completion of a Bachelor degree or higher qualification
- Completion of a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree in a related discipline* with a minimum of two years’ full-time (or part-time equivalent) relevant work experience
- At least four years’ full-time (or part-time equivalent) relevant work experience
- Academic and/or professional qualifications demonstrating potential to undertake study at this level
Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning- Completion of a Bachelor degree or higher qualification
- Completion of a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree in a related discipline* with a minimum of one year full-time (or part-time equivalent) related work experience
- At least three years’ full-time (or part-time equivalent) relevant work experience
- Academic and/or professional qualifications demonstrating potential to undertake study at this level
CourseMinimum education requirement for entry
Master of Financial Services- Completion of Bachelor degree or higher qualification in a related* discipline
- Completion of Bachelor degree or higher qualification in an unrelated discipline with a minimum of two years full-time (or part-time equivalent) relevant work experience
Graduate Diploma of Financial Services- Completion of a Bachelor degree or higher qualification
- Completion of an Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree in a related discipline* with a minimum of two years full-time (or part-time equivalent) relevant work experience
- At least four years’ full-time (or part-time equivalent) relevant work experience
- Academic and/or professional qualifications demonstrating potential to undertake study at this level
Graduate Certificate in Financial Services- Completion of a Bachelor degree or higher qualification
- Completion of an Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree in a related discipline* with a minimum of one year full-time (or part-time equivalent) relevant work experience
- At least three years’ full-time (or part-time equivalent) relevant work experience
- Academic and/or professional qualifications demonstrating potential to undertake study at this level

Required actions

You’ll be required to provide Kaplan Professional with supporting documentation as evidence that you meet the entry requirements for your course. Please send certified copies of your documents to enrolments@kaplan.edu.au.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for your course, you may wish to consider enrolling into a lower AQF level nested qualification within the same stream and then progressing to a higher AQF. You may, for example, apply for admission into the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning with the objective of progressing through to the nested Master of Financial Planning Qualification upon completion of the Graduate Diploma.

Document certification

As part of the entry requirements into Kaplan Professional’s postgraduate qualifications you are required to provide Kaplan Professional with documents* supporting that you have met the requirements for entry into the course.

You may choose to bring in the original document to a Kaplan Professional office, where a Kaplan Professional staff member will sight your documentation and take a copy for your student record.

If you are unable to visit a Kaplan Professional office, you may provide a certified copy of your qualifications by email to studentadvice@kaplan.edu.au. A certified copy has been verified to be a true copy by a witness after sighting the original. The person certifying the photocopy must sight the original document and include the following details on all pages that contain information:

  • stamp or write, ‘This is a true copy of the document sighted by me’
  • sign, date and provide contact details (name, address and telephone no.)
  • the official stamp or seal of their organisation or their profession and organisation name
  • the official ID/Member number of their profession.

Who can certify my documents

Kaplan Professional will accept photocopies certified by anyone who is currently in Australia and employed as:

  • an accountant (they must be a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants, or the National Institute of Accountants, or the Association of Taxation and Management Accountants or Registered Tax Agents).
  • a bank manager, but not a manager of a bank travel centre
  • a barrister, solicitor or patent attorney
  • a credit union branch manager
  • a commissioner for declarations
  • a Justice of the Peace
  • a medical practitioner (doctor)
  • a police officer in charge of a police station, or of the rank of sergeant and above
  • a postal manager
  • a pharmacist
  • a principal of an Australian secondary college, high school or primary school.

The certification must be on each page of the document and accompanied by the certifier’s signature, full name, profession (for example, Justice of the Peace), registration number (if applicable) and date.

Certification must be made by an independent third party. Avoid using an individual to certify your documents where a perceived conflict of interest may exist (for example, spouse, family member, employee, employer or business partner).

More Information

If you have any queries about certified copies of documents, please contact a Student Adviser on 1300 135 798 (+612 8248 7611).

* Kaplan Professional requires copies of the following documents:

  • Certified copies of entry documentation required for entry into the postgraduate course, such as academic transcripts and certificates.
  • Certified copies of IELTS results if qualifications taken in a second language.
  • Certified copies of requested documentation for recognition of prior learning applications, such as qualifications, memberships or designations.

 

You may also be eligible for admission into one of our courses through one of the alternative entry pathways offered by Kaplan Professional.

Kaplan Professional recognises applicants may not meet the minimum entry requirements for a course due to experiencing significant educational disadvantages. The Access and Equity pathway has been established by Kaplan Professional to grant special consideration in the admission process to applicable applicants by allowing admission into a Kaplan Professional qualification on a provisional basis.

Applied Finance
Allows an applicant to enrol into up to two (2) x FIN100-level subjects on a provisional basis in the Graduate Certificate of Applied Finance only.

Financial Planning
Allows an applicant to enrol in up to two (2) subjects on a provisional basis in the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning only.

The following categories of disadvantage may be considered when granting special consideration for admission:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Areas of study where specific genders have been traditionally underrepresented
  • Individuals from a non-English speaking background
  • Individuals who are the first in their family to attend a higher education institution
  • Individuals from lower socio-economic backgrounds
  • Individuals from remote, rural or isolated areas
  • Any other groups of prospective students who may have experienced educational disadvantage

Evidence required:

To apply for admission through the Access and Equity pathway, you’ll need to submit a written statement explaining how the disadvantages you’ve experienced have impacted on your educational performance.

Your statement will need to be accompanied by supporting evidence, such as a statutory declaration from an individual who’s not your direct relative or medical documentation where applicable.

Any applications for special consideration not accompanied by supporting documentation will not be approved.

Admission to Kaplan Professional through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pathway is exclusively for people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage who may not otherwise qualify for admission to Kaplan Professional.

An Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is acknowledged as someone who:

  • is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person
  • is accepted as such by the community in which the applicants live, or formerly lived.

Evidence required

Applicants applying for admission to Kaplan Professional under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pathway are required to either:

  • Provide a letter of ‘Proof’ or ‘Confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Heritage’; or
  • Complete the ‘Heritage Declaration Form’ which can be downloaded from our website here.

As the declaration requires you to state that you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, some, or all of your ancestors must be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people. The declaration also requires you to state that you identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person and that you are recognised by your community as a person who is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

For further information regarding obtaining proof of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage, please refer to the “Family History – Before you start” section of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies website https://aiatsis.gov.au/

Kaplan Professional has designed the HEADSTART pathway for students who are in the final stages of completing a related undergraduate degree, or a Diploma / Advanced Diploma at Kaplan.

Successful applicants under this pathway will receive a letter of offer which will allow them to start their postgraduate course either immediately after, or during, the final stages of their current studies

To enrol in the HEADSTART pathway, you must be currently enrolled in either:

  • the final semester of a related undergraduate qualification, or
  • enrolled in the final subject of a Kaplan Professional Diploma or Advanced Diploma and have 2 years of related industry experience.

Applied Finance

Allows applicant to enrol into two (2) FIN100-level subjects on a provisional basis in Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma only.

Financial Planning

Allows applicant to enrol in two (2) subjects on a provisional basis in Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma only.

Evidence required:

To apply for admission through the HEADSTART pathway, applicants must submit the following documents:

For applicants completing a related undergraduate qualification:

  • Certified copy of academic transcripts and/or a letter from the provider reflecting that you are enrolled in the final subjects of your related undergraduate qualification

For applicants completing a Kaplan Professional Diploma or Advanced Diploma:

  • A supporting statement providing evidence to support the HEADSTART application – it can include details such as the duties of your current role (if applicable), reasons for applying for postgraduate study, and any additional information that might support the application
  • A letter from your employer to support the evidence presented in the application. Self-employed applicants may submit a statutory declaration in place of the employment letter

English Language Proficiency

If your undergraduate degree wasn’t completed in English, or your work in the finance industry wasn’t 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 English language tests have a currency of approximately two (2) years.

Minimum technology requirements

For details relating to technology skills and access for study and completing online exams  visit the minimum technology requirements page.