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

To help you graduate from one of the world’s leading universities, we’re here to support you every step of the way. The design of our online learning environment seamlessly fits into your busy lifestyle. You’ll have access to course resources on any device, at any time.

Our academics are some of the best in the world, so you can have confidence in knowing that your online learning experience will have the same high standard as the on-campus experience.

Throughout your study journey, you will be able to turn to your Student Success Advisor (SSA), who is committed to assisting you at every stage, from enrolment through to graduation. Your SSA is on hand to help you with all non-academic queries by phone or email.

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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 Program Director

"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."

- Program Director, Dr 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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