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Master of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing

  • Qualification:

    Master's Degree

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    3 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Apply now for next intake. See below

  • Awarded by:

    Charles Sturt University

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What you'll learn

About this course

The Master of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing course offered online by Charles Sturt University is the only course of its kind in Australia, enabling students to undertake research and make a valuable contribution to this specialised field.

Designed for individuals operating in research, compliance planning and policy, regulation, security, law enforcement and the banking and finance industries, this course will teach you to identify current issues faced by the finance and security sector and contribute research to help craft appropriate policy responses.

Students will graduate with the skills to evaluate new and emerging trends in anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing, and perform critical assessment of existing policies.

Shorter programs

If you choose not to study the entire Master of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing degree you may be able to complete an alternative program. This is beneficial for students who need to develop a specialisation or who prefer not to commit to the whole study period.

Depending on the units studied, you may exit with a Graduate Certificate in Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing or a Graduate Diploma of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing.



Applicants must meet the criteria to be eligible to enter this program:

  • Have completed sufficient and relevant tertiary studies or equivalent

Admittance may also be granted based on other attainments and work experience.

Applications for distance education and postgraduate courses are accepted all year round. Provided you are eligible for admission, your application will be held for consideration in the next available intake.

Areas of study

In this anti-money laundering and counter terrorism course, the subjects you will study include:

Core subjects:

  • Financial crime control and risk management
  • Foundations in financial crime
  • Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACMLS) certification examination
  • Investigating and prosecuting money laundering and terrorist financing

Elective subjects:

  • Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS) 400-level elective subjects totalling 16 points

Research stream:

  • Anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing : operational issues


  • AGSPS 500-level elective subjects totalling 16 points

Coursework stream:

  • Research methodology and dissertation proposal
  • Dissertation
One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology.
CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.

You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Master of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing from Charles Sturt University.

This master's degree is ideal for those already working in law enforcement and security, finance and banking or compliance and regulation, as well as for anyone who's keen to play a role in helping to prevent the insidious crimes of money laundering and terrorist financing.

By taking this specialised master's course, you'll graduate with a deep understanding of the nature of these criminal activities and have the critical, analytical and research skills to make a valuable contribution to their investigation and prevention. With your advanced knowledge and training, you will be able to pursue high-level positions in policy, planning, management and research in this niche area.

Curious about where a career in security could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Financial Dealer
  • Financial Broker
  • Criminologist

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees.

CSU provides access to a range of scholarships and loans to help its students with the costs associated with university study.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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