Master of Applied Finance (Online)


2 years


12 courses

Study intakes

March, May, July, September, October, January

Study mode

100% Online

Program code


What you will study

UNSW’s Master of 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.

The Master of Applied Finance offers eight core courses and four electives. Select from key areas including analytics, financial technology and business management – and learn how financial knowledge areas such as financial technology and international finance can be applied in any business to achieve success. You can also select a study pathway that is closely aligned with the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) curriculum, giving you a strong grounding to pursue the CFA designation. Whatever your interests, this program delivers access to the latest thinking and current research in finance.

There is also the option to study the Graduate Certificate in Finance or the Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance, which combined create the master’s program.


  • Investments*
  • International Finance*
  • Corporate Finance*
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital*
  • Equity Valuation*
  • Fixed Income*
  • Derivatives*
  • Ethics and Professional Standards*
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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Plus, four electives from the following 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.

Entry requirements

Cognate entry

To be eligible for the Master of Applied Finance through cognate entry, you must have a recognised bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualification) in business, banking or finance-related area with a credit average (65% or higher) as determined by the UNSW Admissions Entry Calculator.

If you have completed similar courses in previous study, you can gain up to four courses of RPL/advanced standing.*

Non-cognate entry

Students with a recognised Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) and no finance knowledge should apply for the Graduate Certificate in Finance. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Finance with a credit average (65% or higher), students will be eligible to articulate into the Master’s with full credit for the courses completed as part of the Graduate Certificate.

An articulation pathway also exists into this Master’s program for students who complete the Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance with a credit average (65% or higher).

*Your previous studies can be acknowledged as credit towards your online postgraduate Applied Finance studies provided that they meet relevant course requirements. If you receive a UNSW offer of enrolment and you have undertaken previous studies at another institution, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning. UNSW does not determine recognition of prior learning until an offer of enrolment is accepted. To see if you are eligible to receive RPL, speak with a Student Advisor today. ​Courses with a successful completion date of up to 10 years can be used for credit transfer within a program as provided within the program rules and the University rules on credit.

Meet the Program Director

"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."

- Program Director, Dr Luis Filipe Goncalves-Pinto 


Related program

Are you interested in graduating sooner? Perhaps the Graduate Certificate in Finance or Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance is more suited for you.

Graduate Certificate in Finance

Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance

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