Course overview

Set the direction of your financial career with the Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance (GradDipAppFin). You can choose to specialise in a particular area of professional practices, or follow a generalist pathway and study the subjects that interest you.

You will be given the opportunity to become a technical specialist in a particular area of financial practice. You can choose to major in:

Starting dates

January, March, May, July, September, November

What you will learn

Learn key economic principles and financial market concepts in a global context, relevant legislation, regulations, codes of practice, and ethical behaviour in a variety of scenarios in the financial services industry. 

You will also learn to solve financial problems using critical thinking skills, formulate appropriate financial calculations and analytical tools in a range of situations. 

Course structure

3 core subjects: 

5 Elective subjects

Entry requirements

  • 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

Credit for prior study

Advanced Standing is recognition of prior learning (RPL) in terms of your experience and/or studies. When you apply for Advanced Standing, we will assess your prior learning and may award you credit in the course in which you are currently studying in recognition of what you have achieved. The granting of credit results in the reduction of the amount of learning required to achieve your qualification. We recognise various types of prior learning towards Kaplan postgraduate courses:

  • Advanced standing based on an Industry Designation - No charge
  • Advanced standing based on prior postgraduate study - $250 per subject*
  • Advanced standing based on industry experience (available for Financial Planning courses only)- $750 per subject*

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Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $19,200 total course cost.


1 to 4 years with fast-track options available

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Business & Management postgraduate courses at Kaplan Professional had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 96.7% (national average 89.6%)
Studying full time: 4.4% (national average 5.2%)
Median full time salary: $105,000 (national average $102,000)

The ratings above refer the proportion of surveyed Kaplan Professional graduates for which the statement was true. You can find out more about these results here.