Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance (Online)


As little as 8 months


4 courses

Study intakes

January, March, May, July, September, October

Study mode

100% Online

Program code


Completion time dependent on individual study path, RPL, leave and course availability. Please speak to a Student Advisor for more information.

What you will study

UNSW’s online Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance provides students with the foundations to solve financial problems at the corporate level, manage the business and financial functions of firms in several countries, and understand modern investments to prepare for market challenges.

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance offers three core courses and one elective, allowing fundamental finance skills to complement choice and student direction. Select from key areas including analytics and financial technology – whatever your interests, this program delivers access to the latest thinking and current research in finance.



Career pathways 

Whether upskilling or reskilling, the online Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance from UNSW will give you foundational skills to identify, understand and solve financial challenges. 

Download your program guide to find out more about how the Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance will unlock value in your career and organisation. 

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Ater successful completion of the online Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance from UNSW, you’ll have the skills to work across a range of settings, including:


  • Portfolio Management
  • International Finance*
  • Corporate Finance*

The UNSW Online experience

We are here to support you, every step of the way, to graduate from one of the world’s leading universities. Our online learning environment has been designed to seamlessly fit into your already busy schedule and you’ll be able to access course resources on any device, at any time.

Our academics are some of the best in the world and, even though you’re studying online, you can expect your learning experience to be the same high standard as that of our on-campus students.

Throughout your study journey, you will be able to turn to your Student Success Advisor, who is committed to assisting you from enrolment through to graduation. They are on-hand for all non-academic queries by phone or email.

You will also have access to Career Success – a curated, self-paced module that provides a framework for thinking about, and taking action to implement, an effective career plan. Through Career Success, you will have access to tools like Career AI (powered by VMock) and CaseCoach, and guides on crafting the perfect LinkedIn profile, resume, and cover letter.


“Well-structured and set out course content. It was easy to navigate the online portal and access the readings, lectures and assessment items. Excellent content delivery as well and the feedback from the lecturer was swift and helpful.”

- Master of Applied Finance student



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  • Private Equity and Venture Capital*
  • Equity Valuation*
  • Fixed Income*
  • Derivatives*
  • Ethics and Professional Standards*
  • Financial Management*
  • FinTech Ecosystems and Industry Insights
  • Principles of Programming
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Business Economics*
  • Law Regulation and Ethics
  • Technical Tools for FinTech
  • Decentralised Finance
  • Tech Disruption in Payments and Transfers
  • Tech Disruption in Funding and Lending
  • Data Management for FinTech^
  • Robo Advisory and Portfolio Optimisation^
  • Introductory Data Analysis*

Available elective courses will vary per program and study period. *Course designed in line with the CFA examination curriculum. The CFA-aligned Master of Applied Finance pathway provides students with a strong grounding to pursue the CFA designation. ^Prerequisite: Technical Tools for Fintech.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance, you must have:

  • A recognised bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline, OR
  • 3 years of relevant work experience in a commercial or public service organisation related to business, banking or finance.

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Meet the Key Academic

"The Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance will prepare students for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century global workplace. The program offers fundamental financial knowledge that is relevant for business decision making at the executive level where students will have opportunities to solve real-world problems in finance."

- Associate Professor Luis Filipe Goncalves-Pinto 



Related program

Are you interested in studying the full master’s program or learning how technology is disrupting the world of finance? Perhaps the Master of Applied Finance or the Master of Financial Technology is suited for you.

Master of Applied Finance

Master of Financial Technology


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