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. 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.

Entry requirements – applies until Study Period 6, 2020

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.

 

Entry requirements – applies from Study Period 1, 2021

CourseMinimum education requirement for entry
Master of Applied Finance- A Graduate Diploma or Undergraduate Degree in a related discipline*, or
- An Undergraduate Degree in an unrelated discipline* with a related* major plus 1 year related industry experience**, or
- An Undergraduate Degree or Graduate Diploma in an unrelated discipline*, plus 2 years’ related industry experience**
Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance- An Undergraduate Degree in a related discipline*, or
- An Undergraduate Degree in an unrelated discipline* that includes study in a related discipline area(s)*, or
- An Associate Degree/ Advanced Diploma in a related discipline*, plus 1-year related industry experience**, or
- An Undergraduate Degree in an unrelated discipline* plus 2 years’ related industry experience**
Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance- An Undergraduate Degree in a related discipline*, or
- An Undergraduate Degree in an unrelated discipline* that includes study in a related discipline area(s)*,or
- An Associate Degree/ Advanced Diploma in a related discipline* plus 1 year related industry experience**, or
- An Undergraduate Degree in an unrelated discipline* plus 2 years’ related industry experience**, or
- An Associate Degree/ Advanced Diploma in an unrelated discipline* plus 3 years’ related industry experience**, or
- 5 years’ related industry experience**.
Graduate Certificate in Corporate Finance- An Undergraduate Degree in a related discipline*, or
- An Undergraduate Degree in an unrelated discipline* that includes study in a related discipline area(s)*, or
- An Associate Degree / Advanced Diploma in a related discipline* plus 1 year related industry experience**, or
- An Undergraduate Degree in an unrelated discipline* plus 2-years related industry experience**, or
- An Associate Degree / Advanced Diploma in unrelated discipline plus 3 years related industry experience**, or
- 5 years’ related industry experience**

* Related disciplines include: Finance; Accounting; Actuarial Studies; Banking; Business; Commerce; Investments; and Economics.

**Related industry experience includes but is not limited to: Working in a finance-related role; or self-employed in a related area.

 

Download the Related Industry Experience form.

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.

 

**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.

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.

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. For more information, please review the Provision of Entry Requirement Documents.

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.

 

You may also be eligible for admission into one of our courses through one of the alternative 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 Graduate Certificate qualification 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

 

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.

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.

 

Evidence required:

Please see the Access and Equity pathway.

Kaplan Professional recognises thatwhile you may not meet the minimum entry requirements for a course, your professional experience, including professional qualifications or designations, may allow you to apply for admission into a select number of courses listed below on a provisional basis.This includes being able to demonstrate the ability to study at a postgraduate level, such as completing two or more AQF level 8 or 9 subjects as non-award studies.

Applied Finance

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

 

Financial Planning

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

 

Evidence required:

To apply for admission through the non-degree entry pathway, you must submit the following documentation.

CV/Resume, which includes your:

  • Employment history
  • Educational qualifications
  • Professional development activities
  • Professional memberships

 

Letter from employer which:

  • Is printed on company letterhead
  • Is dated and signed
  • Outlines your current role and responsibilities
  • Provides confirmation of your employment status

Personal Statement

  • Rationale to support your application. The statement must include the reasons for your application and any additional supporting information.

 

If you have completed a minimum of two AQF level 8 or 9 subjects at Kaplan as non-award subjects, this will be considered as evidence of demonstrated ability to undertake study at a higher education level

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 arelated 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

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.