Course overview

This leading online Master of Applied Finance is designed for ambitious and savvy individuals who are looking for advanced academic rigour, but thrive on practical and real-world learning immediately applicable in the workplace, and directly relevant to future career roles.

It provides you with the specialist technical knowledge and critical skills necessary to operate effectively in ever-changing local and global markets. You’ll also add quantitative analysis to your skillset, giving you a competitive edge when applying for senior management positions.

In addition to your core units, you can choose to major in a particular knowledge area, tailoring your study to specialise in a particular area of interest or to align with your career aspirations.

This qualification caters to your ability to work domestically and globally. In addition, the MAF encapsulates CFA® learning outcomes, and pathways and advanced standing is also available for those who have completed or are looking to gain the CFA® designation. Please see the ‘CFA® Exam Preparation’ tab for more information.

This qualification is for

  • Finance professionals seeking advanced technical and specialist knowledge
  • Candidates with CA, CPA, CFP, GAA, or other accreditations now looking to develop further capacity to work in finance (advanced standing may apply)
  • Professionals from other fields looking to move into finance

Starting dates

January, March, May, July, September, November

What you will learn

You'll be able to understand key economic principles and financial market concepts in a global concept, integrate relevant legislation, regulations, codes of practice, and ethical behaviour in a variety of scenarios in the financial services industry.

Also, you will learn to appraise specific financial and management context of organisations, create solutions in a financial context using critical thinking and problem-solving skills. 

Course structure

Core subjects:

*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.

7 Elective subjects (at least 2 from 300 level):

Entry requirements

Below are the minimum education requirements for entry into our postgraduate courses. 

Alternative entry pathways may be available to you if you do not 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). 

  • A related* Undergraduate Degree or Graduate Diploma, or
  • An unrelated Undergraduate Degree or Graduate Diploma plus 2 years related industry experience

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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How to apply

1. Check entry requirements

Each Kaplan Professional postgraduate qualification has minimum entry requirements. Please ensure you meet the eligibility requirements required to enrol. 

In order to complete your studies with Kaplan Professional, you are assumed to have the following skills and access relating to technology. 

2. Check for possible exemptions

You may be able to obtain advanced standing for Kaplan Professional subject based on your previous study, professional membership status and work experience. 

3. Choose a subject

Not all subjects are available in every study period so make sure you check your preferred subject is offered. Check the subject outline to understand the hours of commitment and prerequisites.

Applied Finance subjects> 

Make sure you check the assessment timetable to ensure you are available to sit the assessment pieces. 

4. Enrol

You only pay fees for subject(s) in which you enrol each study period. Check the fee schedule for more information about fees.

FEE-HELP is also available. Click here to find out if you're eligible. 

You can enrol now and supply documentation to support your application for enrolment at a later date, within three weeks of your initial enrolment into the qualification.  On enrolment, new postgraduate students will be required to post an original certified copy of their previous studies.  If you are paying by cheque, utilising a deferral or have a preferred client code you will need to download a copy of our paper-based enrolment form. 

Tuition Fees 

Australian Fee Paying (AFP):  $28,800 total course cost.


2 to 5 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.