Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance (Online)


As little as 16 months


8 courses

Study intakes

March, May, July, September, October, January

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 Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance is designed to ensure you can confidently apply, manage and lead financial functions at all business levels - both in Australia and around the world – and be an asset to any forward-thinking financial organisation.

Tailor your studies to align with your professional ambitions and unlock your career goals. Learn to confidently apply financial practices to overcome market challenges and enhance your professional performance, giving you the competitive edge to thrive in the modern financial world.

Courses at a glance

  • Any 6 Core Courses (from List A and B), plus 2 available Elective Courses
  • Or, any 7 Core Courses (from List A and B), plus 1 available Elective Courses
  • Or, all 8 Core Courses (from List A and B)


Core Courses - List A
  • Portfolio Management
  • International Finance*
  • Corporate Finance*


Career pathways 

With the online Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from UNSW, you will gain specialist knowledge and the ability to apply contemporary financial theories to overcome challenges and enhance performance in your organisation.  

Download your program guide to find out more about how the Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance will prepare you for a successful career in domestic and global contexts. 

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A Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance opens you up to a range of career opportunities. You’ll have the skills to work across a range of settings, including:


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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Core Courses - List B
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital*#
  • Equity Valuation*
  • Fixed Income*
  • Derivatives*
  • Ethics and Professional Standards*

Entry requirements

General admission requirements

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

  • A recognised bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualification) with a credit average (65% or higher) as determined by the UNSW Admissions Entry Calculator, OR
  • 3 years of relevant work experience in a commercial or public service organisation related to business, banking or finance.

Entry via nested qualification

If you successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance with a credit average (65% or higher), you can progress to the Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance.

Elective Courses
  • Financial Management*
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Business Economics*
  • Law Regulation and Ethics
  • Technical Tools for FinTech
  • FinTech Ecosystems and Industry Insights
  • Decentralised Finance
  • Tech Disruption in Payments and Transfers
  • Tech Disruption in Funding and Lending
  • Data Management for FinTech^
  • Robo Advisory and Portfolio Optimisation^
  • Principles of Programming
  • 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.

Meet the Key Academic

"The Applied Finance program is designed for ambitious individuals looking not only for advanced financial knowledge, but also for hands-on and relevant applications of such knowledge. It’s designed for professionals who want to gain the specialised skills for a career in the finance industry. The program is aligned with the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) curriculum, allowing graduates to position themselves well to pursue the CFA designation – a globally respected and recognised investment credential."

- Key Academic, 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.

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