Entry requirements

The tabs below outline the minimum education requirements for entry into our postgraduate courses.

Alternative entry pathways may be available to you if you don’t 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 (including the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition).

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

* Download examples of a related qualification.

CourseMinimum education requirement for entry
Master of Financial Planning- A related* Undergraduate Degree or Graduate Diploma, or
- An unrelated Undergraduate Degree or Graduate Diploma plus 2 years' related industry experience
Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning- An Undergraduate Degree or Graduate Certificate, or
- A related* Diploma deemed acceptable to Kaplan, 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 Financial Planning- An Undergraduate Degree, or
- A related* Diploma deemed acceptable to Kaplan, 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

* Download examples of a related qualification.

Graduate Certificate in Self Managed Superannuation Funds

Applicants wishing to gain admission must meet one of the following entry criteria:

Entry Criteria A

  • A related* postgraduate degree, or
  • A related* undergraduate degree, or
  • A related* Advanced Diploma plus two (2) years related industry experience

*A related qualification includes Accounting, Actuarial studies, Law, Commerce, Economics, Finance or Financial Management.

 

Entry Criteria B

  • An unrelated postgraduate degree plus two (2) years related industry experience, or
  • An unrelated undergraduate degree plus two (2) years related industry experience, or
  • An unrelated Advanced Diploma plus five (5) years related industry experience

Criteria B applicants must also demonstrate that they have the necessary foundation knowledge for taxation, superannuation and SMSF. Evidence may include:

  • RG146 in superannuation and SMSF. Noting RG146 may have been achieved via a program at either AQF Level 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9.
  • Arelevant industry designation or qualification that addressed knowledge of taxation, superannuation and SMSF.

 

Entry Criteria C

Academic and/or professional qualifications demonstrating potential to undertake study at this level.

Demonstrated ability to undertake study at this level may include:

  • A professional designation and consistent record of continuing professional development
  • Incomplete tertiary qualifications

Criteria C applicants must also demonstrate that they have the necessary foundation knowledge for taxation, superannuation and SMSF. Evidence may include:

  • RG146 in superannuation and SMSF. Noting RG146 may have been achieved via a program at either AQF Level 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9.
  • A relevant industry designation or qualification that addressed knowledge of taxation, superannuation and SMSF.

 

For more information about RG 146 compliance, please refer to our courses:

 

Unsure if you meet the entry requirements? Contact us on 1300 135 798 (option 2) or studentadvice@kaplan.edu.au.

Related industry experience can include, but is not limited to:

  • Working for financial institution(s) in position(s) with exposure to aspects of the industry
  • Managing a business for at least 2 years
  • Self-employed roles in trading or related areas.

Download the Related Industry Experience form.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a course, you may be eligible for admission through one of our alternative entry pathways.

On successful application through one of the alternative entry pathways, you may be able to enrol in up to two (2) subjects in either a graduate certificate or a graduate diploma on a provisional basis, dependant on individual course alternative entry pathway rules.

On successful completion of your first two subjects, you’ll be able to enrol in the remaining subjects within the course.

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 Graduate Certificate qualification with Kaplan Professional on a provisional basis.

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

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.

If you identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, you may apply to study at Kaplan Professional under the access and equity pathway.

If you don’t meet the minimum entry requirements for a course, you may be eligible for admission based on related industry experience and/or demonstrated ability to academically succeed in higher education studies, such as holding an academic and/or professional qualification that is deemed appropriate to Kaplan Professional. Applications for admission under this pathway are made by completing the Relevant Pathway Admission form.

Evidence that must be provided at the time of admission includes the following:

  • CV/resume along with a signed and dated letter from your current employer on company letterhead verifying your role and responsibilities
  • Evidence of any completed prior study, which may include any completed courses, or subjects within courses – examples of evidence includes certificate(s) of completion and/or academic transcripts
  • Evidence of any professional development activities undertaken, which includes short training courses you’ve completed or delivered

Admission under this pathway program will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated ability undertake study at a higher level
  • Informal learning obtained in the workplace, with evidence provided based on your employment history, including:
  • The level of position(s) held
  • Duration in years within each position
  • Number of staff the applicant has supervised within each position (if relevant)

If you fulfil one of the following criteria below, you may be eligible to apply for entry into the Kaplan Professional HEADSTART program by completing the HEADSTART entry form on the Kaplan Professional website:

  • You’re currently enrolled in the final semester of a related undergraduate course; or
  • You’re a Kaplan Professional student enrolled in the final subject of a Kaplan Professional diploma or advanced diploma; and
  • You possess 2 years of related industry experience

You’ll need to provide Kaplan Professional with the following information as part of your application:

  • If you’re undertaking the final semester of a related undergraduate degree, you’ll need to provide academic transcripts reflecting you’re in the final semester and/or a letter from the higher education provider confirming your enrolment in the final subjects of your degree

Kaplan Professional students completing their final subject of a Kaplan Professional diploma or advanced diploma must provide the following documentation with their application:

  • 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 – if you’re self-employed, you may submit a statutory declaration in place of the employment letter

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.