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Master of Applied Finance

  • Qualification:

    Master's Degree

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    2 to 5 years. Fast-track options available.

  • Start date:

    6 intakes a year, enquire now!

  • Awarded by:

    Kaplan Professional

  • Course fees:

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes:

    Financial Analyst | Internal Auditor | Risk Manager | Portfolio Manager | View all

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About this course

Are you ready to advance your finance career? Kaplan Professional's Master of Applied Finance can set you on the right path. This leading online course is designed for ambitious finance professionals seeking advanced technical and specialist knowledge, and for professionals in other industries keen to move into the exciting world of finance.

You'll develop the key skills you'll need to operate successfully in dynamic local and global markets, including quantitative analysis, which will make you stand out from the crowd when you apply for senior management roles. Play to your strengths and interests by choosing from a selection of majors - Corporate Finance, Risk Management, Financial Markets, Financial Analysis or Investment Management - that combine strategic, workplace-relevant learning with a strong academic dimension.

This comprehensive qualification will position you to apply for a range of rewarding finance roles in Australia and overseas. It also encompasses Chartered Financial Analyst learning outcomes - pathways and exemptions are available for those who have already completed, or are looking to complete, the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • A related Undergraduate Degree or Graduate Diploma; OR
  • An unrelated Undergraduate Degree or Graduate Diploma plus 2 years' related industry experience.

Areas of study

In this finance course, the subjects you may study include:

Core subjects

  • FIN101 - Financial Markets and Economic Principles
  • FIN102 - Regulation Ethics and Risk Management
  • FIN103 - Financial Analysis and Valuation
  • FIN201 - Quantitative Applications in Finance*
  • KAP001 - Research Project**


*It is recommended that this subject is studied as the second last subject in your Masters program.
**It is recommended that this subject is studied as the final subject in your Masters program.

Elective subjects (choose seven elective subjects, at least two from 300 level)

Level 200 Electives

  • FIN202 - Fundamentals of Asset Valuation
  • FIN203 - Fundamentals of Equity Markets
  • FIN204 - Fundamentals of Risk
  • FIN205 - Business Valuation
  • FIN206 - Investment Management
  • FIN219 - Operational Risk Management
  • FIN231 - Technical Analysis
  • FIN234 - Strategic Management
  • FIN235 - Sales and Marketing for Financial Institutions
  • FIN240 - Interest Rate Markets
  • FIN280 - Financial Modelling
  • FIN290 Business Valuation Application

Level 300 Electives

  • FIN306 - Applied Portfolio Management
  • FIN322 - Industrial Equity Analysis
  • FIN327 - Mining Investment Analysis
  • FIN328 - Real Estate Analysis Funding
  • FIN329 - Futures and Options Markets and Trading
  • FIN330 - Mergers and Acquisitions
  • FIN331 - Specialised Techniques in Technical Analysis
  • FIN338 - Project Finance
  • FIN341 - Foreign Exchange Markets
  • FIN342 - Applied Corporate Finance
  • FIN343 - Market Risk Management
  • FIN344 - Credit Risk Management
Kaplan Professional Kaplan Professional is a leading provider of education in financial services and real estate. Kaplan Professional’s internationally renowned programs, personalised study experiences, flexible learning options and range of industry partners, all make them highly respected and distinguished.

Kaplan Professional offers a range of professional qualifications and provides learning solutions to 45,000 people a year. Whether you want to undertake a Certificate, Diploma or Masters, Kaplan Professional has the right course to get you where you want to go!
Kaplan Professional aim to make your learning journey as seamless as possible and have put together a student services team to assist and help you out if any challenges come up.

Student support representatives will be on hand to answer questions around the system, login and password queries, explaining processes around assessments etc., and to offer advice around study pathways and subject selection.

There’s also an ‘Ask the Tutor’ forum where you can direct questions regarding your studies to subject matter experts.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Master of Applied Finance from Kaplan Professional.

Graduates will be able to:

  • explain key economic principles and financial market concepts
  • integrate relevant legislation, regulations, codes of practice and ethical behaviour in various scenarios in the financial services industry
  • appraise the specific financial and management contexts of organisations
  • create solutions in a financial context using critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • recommend risk management strategies to inform financial decision-making
  • recommend appropriate analytical techniques necessary for financial decision-making
  • integrate multiple information sources to address finance issues and challenges.

Graduates will also be able to add strategic management to their financial qualifications and apply for senior management roles. Those with Chartered Accountant, Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Financial Planner, Global Accounting Allowance or other accreditations will have developed further capacity to work in the finance sector.

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

How Much Will It Cost?

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The full fee for this course is $27,900 which equates to $2,325 per subject. When you study at Kaplan Professional, you pay as you go. So, you only need to pay for the subjects you intend to study each study period.

Eligible students can apply for the Australian government's FEE-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

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

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. 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 $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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