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Master of Applied Finance

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CSU's Master of Applied Finance provides the technical knowledge necessary to function in an evolving and increasingly sophisticated financial environment with an emphasis on the practical application of these techniques.

Finance is the lifeblood of all organisations. Businesses require staff with technical, analytical and conceptual skills in finance, credit analysis, investment, markets, internationalisation and financial management. The sourcing, raising and management of finance impacts all activities within the business environment, and this course prepares you for senior leadership positions within the finance industry, equipping you to apply advanced knowledge to finance problems.

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  • Why study this course?

    The Master of Applied Finance provides formal knowledge, capabilities and competencies in finance with the option for students to specialise in banking; financial planning or estate planning. The Degree is designed to produce graduates who have the skills and knowledge to perform competently in careers in banking and financial services, funds management, treasury and financial markets, estate planning and/or wealth management. The Financial Planning specialisation has been mapped against ASIC’s regulatory guide 146 (RG146). Students completing this specialisation are also eligible for advanced standing in the CFP® Certification Program (leading to the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® designation). Completion of the set of subjects which form the basis for the Estate Planning specialisation provides credits to be used toward membership of STEP - the Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners.

    Meeting the needs of industry

    CSU’s Finance courses are designed specifically to provide the knowledge and skills to help you succeed in your career. Our lecturers have a wide range of industry experience and our courses are designed and continually reviewed with input from industry experts.

    Interactive learning environment

    Students study online with the latest interactive material. Extensive learning support is provided such as real time video meetings and chat rooms to support students’ learning, providing students with an all-round learning experience.

    Excellence in subject content and flexibility

    CSU’s course structure provides streamlined options to deliver the best possible Finance course and career outcomes. With elective options available from a host of postgraduate finance and business subjects, the Master of Applied Finance will cater to your interests and career.

    A final capstone subject, Strategic and Contemporary Financial Issues, brings together knowledge gained in earlier subjects allowing contemporary and strategic finance issues to be considered in detail.

    Collaborative and industry relevant

    Recently redesigned in collaboration with professionals in the finance and financial services sectors, the Master of Applied Finance meets the needs of the industry and blends the best in current finance theory with industry practice. The revised course also offers greater flexibility and subject choice.

    Flexible study options

    CSU has an excellent reputation for providing quality education delivered by dedicated academics with relevant industry experience. Our lecturers are supported by well researched curriculum and teaching methods. Our online educational environment facilitates communication and collaboration among students and academics. Subjects are taught using a range of blended learning techniques, which include online education study materials, video-captured lectures, online meetings, subject forums and additional study resources.

    The Master of Applied Finance is designed and delivered with study flexibility in mind. You can choose between full-time and part-time study options to fit in with work and lifestyle commitments. You could choose to study one subject per session or, in consultation with your Course Director, complete up to four subjects per session, allowing you to fast-track your degree.

  • Career opportunities

    CSU's Master of Applied Finance provides graduates with many exciting career opportunities. The course is fully articulated to develop advanced analytical and decision-making skills in finance required at senior management levels.

    CSU's Master of Applied Finance can help open new pathways for graduates seeking growth and advancement in their current organisations or those looking for a change of career in finance, financial institutions management and funds management.

    The Master of Applied Finance provides you with the technical knowledge and critical skills necessary to prepare you for senior leadership positions within the finance industry, equipping you to apply advanced knowledge to finance problems.

  • Professional recognition
    Professional accreditation

    STEP logoCSU's Master of Applied Finance is an Accredited Education Partner with STEP, the worldwide professional association for practitioners dealing with family inheritance and succession planning. STEP has more than 20,000 members from across 95 countries and is a worldwide network of trust and estate practitioners.

    STEP's members comprise of lawyers, accountants, financial planners, trust specialists and those working in other wealth advisory and administration roles.

    Graduates of the Master of Applied Finance (with specialisations) who complete the set of subjects that form the basis for the Estate Planning specialisation will be accredited, with credits that can be used towards STEP membership.

    Membership benefits include networking with other professionals, keeping up-to-date with industry developments, showcasing your professional expertise and a number of exclusive discounts. Full STEP membership also leads to the use of the TEP initials, well-recognised within the industry.

    More information is available at the STEP website.

  • Credit and pathways

    Students who have studied and successfully completed relevant subjects at other universities or educational institutions may apply for credit for those subjects when applying to CSU courses. Credit will be granted for subjects that are equivalent in content and standard, at the discretion of the Course Director.

    Credit may be available for ANZIIF studies

    Applicants who have completed the Graduate Certificate in Finance or the Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning will be awarded credit for the four subjects completed in the Graduate Certificate.
    Applicants who have completed the Graduate Diploma of Finance and the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning will be awarded credit for the eight subjects completed in the Graduate Diploma.

     


  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Master of Applied Finance

    The course consists of twelve (12) subjects, four (4) of which are core subjects. For the general award of Master of Applied Finance the remaining eight (8) subjects are to be taken as follows; six (6) from the restricted elective offering and two (2) from any level five (5) subject offered by CSU. This provides students with the ability to 'tailor' their degree to suit their particular personal and career needs. For specialisations, students select four (4) subjects from a restricted specialisation set of subjects, an additional two (2) subjects should be drawn from the full set of restricted electives and the remaining two (2) subjects from any level five (5) subject offered by CSU.

    Core subjects
    FIN516 Corporate Finance
    FIN530 Financial Markets and Instruments
    FIN535 Strategic & Contemporary Financial Issues
    ACC585 Financial Statement Analysis & Valuation

    Banking Specialisation
    FIN521 Corporate Treasury Management
    FIN523 Lending in Financial Institutions
    FIN525 Financial Institutions Management
    LAW523  Finance Law

    Financial Planning Specialisation
    FIN560 Financial Planning*
    and three (3) restricted electives chosen from the following specialisation set:
    FIN562 Risk Management and Insurance*
    FIN563 Estate Planning *
    FIN564 Superannuation and Retirement Planning *
    FIN567 Investing in Property
    LAW545 Taxation Strategies
    ( *Suggested subjects for students interested in career as a Financial Planner)

    Estate Planning Specialisation
    FIN563 Estate Planning
    and three (3) restricted electives chosen from the following specialisation set:
    ACG507 Accounting and Tax for Estates and Trusts
    LAW545 Taxation Strategies
    LAW523 Finance Law
    FIN564 Superannuation and Retirement Planning
    (note for STEP accreditation you must complete all five subjects leaving only 3 elective choices)
     
    Restricted electives
    FIN518 International Financial Management
    FIN521 Corporate Treasury Management
    FIN522 Financial Modelling
    FIN523 Lending in Financial Institutions
    FIN525 Financial Institutions Management
    FIN531 Investment Analysis
    FIN560 Financial Planning
    FIN562 Risk Management and Insurance
    FIN563 Estate Planning
    FIN564 Superannuation and Retirement Planning
    FIN567 Investing in Property
    ECO501 Business Economics
    LAW523 Finance Law
    LAW545 Taxation Strategies
    Up to two (2) level five (5) subjects offered by CSU.

    Students may elect to exit from the Masters degree and graduate with the award Graduate Certificate in Finance (GradCertFin) after completion of four (4) subjects as specified for the Graduate Certificate in Finance, or with a Graduate Diploma of Finance after completion of eight (8) subjects as specified for the Graduate Diploma of Finance , or with a Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning after completion of eight (8) subjects as specified for the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning.

    Graduate Diploma of Finance

    The Graduate Diploma of Finance is an entry point and exit point course within the Master of Applied Finance.
    The course consists of eight (8) subjects, three (3) of which are core subjects. For the award of Graduate Diploma of Finance the remaining five (5) subjects are to be taken as follows; a maximum of one (1) subject may be any level five (5) subject offered by CSU and the balance to be elective subjects drawn from the restricted elective list. This provides students with the ability to 'tailor' their degree to suit their particular personal and career needs.

    Core subjects
    FIN516 Corporate Finance
    FIN530 Financial Markets and Instruments
    ACC585 Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation

    Plus five (5) restricted electives chosen from the following specialisation set:

    FIN518 International Financial Management
    FIN521 Corporate Treasury Management
    FIN522 Financial Modelling
    FIN523 Lending in Financial Institutions
    FIN525 Financial Institutions Management
    FIN531 Investment Analysis
    FIN560 Financial Planning
    FIN562 Risk Management and Insurance
    FIN563 Estate Planning
    FIN564 Superannuation and Retirement Planning
    FIN567 Investing in Property
    ECO501 Business Economics
    LAW545 Taxation Strategies
    LAW523 Finance Law
    One (1) level five (5) subject offered by CSU.

    Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning

    The Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning is an entry point and exit point course within the Master of Applied Finance.
    The course consists of eight (8) subjects, three (3) of which are core subjects. For the award of Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning the remaining five (5) subjects are to be taken from the specialisation and restricted elective subject sets. This provides students with the ability to 'tailor' their degree to suit their particular personal and career needs.

    Core subjects
    FIN516 Corporate Finance
    FIN530 Financial Markets and Instruments
    FIN560 Financial Planning

    and five (5) restricted electives chosen from the following specialisation set:

    FIN562 Risk Management and Insurance*
    FIN563 Estate Planning *
    FIN564 Superannuation and Retirement Planning *
    FIN567 Investing in Property
    ACC585 Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
    ECO501 Business Economics
    LAW545 Taxation Strategies
    (*Suggested subjects for students interested in career as a Financial Planner)

    Graduate Certificate in Finance

    The course consists of four (4) subjects, two (2) of which are core subjects and the remaining two (2) are taken from a set of restricted subjects.

    FIN516 Corporate Finance
    FIN530 Financial Markets and Instruments

    Plus two (2) restricted electives chosen from the following set of subjects:

    FIN518 International Financial Management
    FIN521 Corporate Treasury Management
    FIN522 Financial Modelling
    FIN523 Lending in Financial Institutions
    FIN525 Financial Institutions Management
    FIN531 Investment Analysis
    FIN560 Financial Planning
    FIN562 Risk Management and Insurance
    FIN563 Estate Planning
    FIN564 Superannuation and Retirement Planning
    FIN567 Investing in Property
    ECO501 Business Economics
    LAW523 Finance Law
    LAW545 Taxation Strategies
     

    Enrolment pattern

    Master of Applied Finance

    Session 1
    FIN530 Financial Markets and Instruments
    Elective 1

    Session 2
    FIN516 Corporate Finance
    Elective 2

    Session 3
    ACC585 Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
    Elective 3

    Session 4
    FIN535 Strategic & Contemporary Financial Issues
    Elective 4

    Session 5
    Elective 5
    Elective 6

    Session 6
    Elective 7
    Elective 8
     
    Graduate Diploma of Finance

    Because of the flexibility of the course requirements, there is no prescribed enrolment pattern. Students may choose the order in which they undertake subjects, depending upon the availability of subjects and the meeting of any pre-requisites. However a typical pattern as a guide to enrolment pattern would be as follows.

    Session 1
    FIN530 Financial Markets and Instruments
    Elective 1

    Session 2
    FIN516 Corporate Finance
    Elective 2

    Session 3
    ACC585 Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
    Elective 3

    Session 4
    Elective 4
    Elective 5

    Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning

    Because of the flexibility of the course requirements, there is no prescribed enrolment pattern. Students may choose the order in which they undertake subjects, depending upon the availability of subjects and the meeting of any pre-requisites. However a typical pattern as a guide to enrolment pattern would be as follows.

    Session 1
    FIN530 Financial Markets and Instruments
    Elective 1

    Session 2
    FIN516 Corporate Finance
    Elective 2

    Session 3
    FIN560 Financial Planning
    Elective 3

    Session 4
    Elective 4
    Elective 5

    Graduate Certificate in Finance

    Because of the flexibility of the course requirements, there is no prescribed enrolment pattern. Students may choose the order in which they undertake subjects, depending upon the availability of subjects and the meeting of any pre-requisites. However a typical pattern as a guide to enrolment pattern would be as follows.

    Session 1
    FIN530 Financial Markets and Instruments
    Elective 1

    Session 2
    FIN516 Corporate Finance
    Elective 2


     

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    FIN560 Financial Planning

  • Admission information

    For entry to the Master of Applied Finance applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree from a recognised Australian tertiary institution (or equivalent). Applicants without a tertiary qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Finance on the basis of professional attainment and/or work experience. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, students will then be eligible for admission to the Master Applied Finance and receive credit for applicable subjects.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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    Tuition costs
    Fee-paying place
    3000*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    As a fee paying student, the Australian Government does not contribute towards your study costs. You pay a tuition fee for each subject you undertake.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a FEE-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your tuition fee up-front each session

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about fee-paying places

    Distance education students receive one free textbook per subject.

    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    3100*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPOSYYYJBMF
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPPGYYYOBMF

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 96 points.

  • How to apply
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  • About the School
    School of Accounting and Finance

    The School of Accounting and Finance offers subjects across a range of disciplines including accounting, economics, finance and law, in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Subject material and content is kept up-to-date to ensure the latest issues and topics are included, as well as incorporating industry specific learning and teaching aids. Many of the staff within the School are industry experts who bridge the gap between the theories taught in subjects and their application in the workplace. Courses are practically focussed, and include workplace learning, either through work placements in our undergraduate courses, or practically based assessment in our postgraduate areas. This ensures graduates are work-ready and equipped with qualifications recognised globally. The School is committed to providing quality teaching informed by research and backed by a supportive learning environment. The School of Accounting and Finance designs subjects with input from industry professionals to ensure courses meet the academic requirements for accreditation with key professional bodies including CPA Australia, the Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand, the Financial Planning Association and to satisfy ASIC core knowledge areas.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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