Course overview

Our FASEA-approved*, online Master of Financial Planning is a purpose-built postgraduate degree set at AQF level 9. It’s designed and developed in consultation with industry experts, and combines advanced technical rigour with practical and relevant performance-focused learning outcomes. Due to the specialised nature of the qualification, it offers contemporary teachings in financial advice strategy and theory at the highest level.

You will gain a thorough understanding of:

  • Financial markets
  • Financial products
  • Investments (theory, evidence and quantitative techniques)
  • Risk management
  • Financial planning
  • Taxation law and strategies
  • Compliance
  • Ethical and professional conduct

Note: Once the FASEA curriculum is confirmed, Kaplan Professional will ensure the required elements are incorporated into our FASEA-approved Master of Financial Planning, specifically the FASEA Code of Ethics and Code Monitoring subject. 

This qualification is for

  • Advisers who want to upskill to meet the new education standards
  • Advisers who are committed to the development of financial planning as a profession
  • Advisers who want achieve the highest qualification attainable in the industry and work towards a professional designation
  • Professionals from other fields looking to move into financial planning and simultaneously achieve a postgraduate qualification and progress toward the FChFP or CFP® designation
  • Candidates with CA, CPA, CFA® or other designations ,now looking to build on that base and develop further capacity to work in broader and more specific financial planning positions (automatic subject exemptions may apply)

Starting dates

January, March, May, July, September, November

What you will learn

Learn the key economic principles and financial market concepts in the context of financial planning, understand the appropriate solutions for clients including those with specialised or complex needs, based on and evidenced by appropriate research and inquiry.

You'll also be able to choose fit-for-purpose strategies in running a successful financial planning practice
Integrate appropriate verbal and written communication, negotiation and client relationship building skills in client integration. 

Course structure

To qualify for the Masters of Financial Planning, you must complete twelve (12) subjects consisting of: 

  • 10 Core subjects
    • FPC001B Economic and Legal Context for Financial Planning (aligns to FASEA bridging course: Financial Advice Regulatory & Legal Obligations)
    • FPC002B Ethics and Professionalism in Financial Advice (aligns to FASEA bridging course: Ethics for Professional Advisers)
    • FPC003 Superannuation and Retirement Advice
    • FPC004 Insurance Advice
    • FPC005 Estate and Succession Planning
    • FPC006 Tax and Commercial Law for Financial Planning
    • FPC007B Client Engagement Skills (aligns to FASEA bridging course: Client and Consumer Behaviour, Engagement and Decision Making)
    • FPC008 Investment Advice
    • FPC009 Complex Financial Planning
    • KAP001: Research Project
  • 2 Elective subjects      
    • FPE010 Aged Care
    • FPE011 Debt Strategies
    • FPE012 Marketing for Financial Planning Practices
    • FPE013 Business Planning and Practice Management
    • FPE014 Financial Accounting Principles
    • FPE015 Derivatives in Financial Planning
    • FPE016 Self Managed Superannuation Funds
    • FPE018 Advanced Technical Strategy
    • FPE019 Governance and Ethics

You may choose from the financial planning elective subject list or a subject from the Master of Applied Finance.

Entry requirements

  • 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*

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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

All financial planning subjects are available every study period. Check the subject outline to understand the hours of commitment and prerequisites.

Financial Planning 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.