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What will I learn?

La Trobe's Master of Financial Analysis offers you the opportunity to develop specialist expertise in banking, fintech, international business or business research. You'll extend your core investment and financial skills, and enhance your ability to provide financial services and advice.

Develop your core financial and investment expertise in our financial trading room. You'll learn professional investment tools used every day in the financial markets, such as the Bloomberg Information Service, and you'll work with real-time data from international markets and respond to breaking news and events. Examine the latest research by our leading finance academics and learn how to use powerful analytic tools, while taking in guest lectures delivered by industry experts.

Distinguish your expertise by completing a specialisation of your choice. If you want to develop the skills to build quantitative financial models and applications, you might consider the fintech specialisation. If you want to start a career in banking or international finance, you might choose to specialise in banking or international business. You could also undertake a thesis as part of an applied research specialisation and take the next step on a pathway to a PhD and a career in research.

No matter which path you choose, you'll investigate the latest technological advances and develop the core skills you'll need to navigate the complexities of global finance markets. You'll build a strong knowledge of financial tools and instruments, while learning how to fund businesses, operate in international financial markets, manage financial risks and make wise investments.

Graduate with the confidence and expertise to succeed in the global banking and financial sector.

You'll learn:

Security valuation

Source and analyse financial information using the Bloomberg Information Service and value a range of financial securities. Critique the ethics of financial decisions.

Portfolio management

Construct and manage investment portfolios for investors with different goals and risk profiles, using the Bloomberg Information Service.

Corporate finance

Develop and manage a firm's investment and funding strategies.

Financial risk

Measure and manage financial risk.

International finance

Measure and manage the exchange rate risk of international financial trade and investment.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9 - Masters Degree.

Career outcomes

After graduation, you could work across a wide range of commercial and public sector organisations. Our graduates have found careers in leading firms in Australia and around the world, including Deloitte, Telstra, NBN Co, Antares Equities and BlackRock.

Possible roles include: Financial analyst, Fund manager, Stockbroker, Business analyst, Financial controller

Professional recognition

La Trobe University is recognised by the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute as a University Affiliate for its Master of Financial Analysis. The Master of Financial Analysis is recognised by CFA Institute as covering more than 70% of their Candidate Body of Knowledge defined for CFA Program examinations, Levels I-III. Please contact CFA Institute for further details.

Graduates of the Master of Financial Analysis may apply for membership with the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA). Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Accreditation, registration and/or membership details for this course may be found on the La Trobe University website.

Which department am I in?

Department of Accounting, Finance and Analytics

CRICOS

079189G

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$39,600.00 (21,29,032) per year
Application deadline

Expected February 2023

More details

Start date

18 July 2022, 7 November 2022

Venue

La Trobe University

Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus,

Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive,

LA TROBE UNIVERSITY,

Victoria,

3086, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have an an Australian Bachelor's degree or an approved international equivalent qualification. IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0, TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 79 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing. Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50. C1 Advanced: 176 with no less than 169 in any component. C2 Proficiency: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

For international students

Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent).

Admission may be granted to applicants without an undergraduate degree but with five or more years of relevant work experience. In making an offer to an applicant, the university may give consideration to a range of factors including English proficiency, academic record and employment experience.

Selection criteria

Applicants with an Australian Bachelor's degree in a business-related field or an approved equivalent qualification may be eligible for credit for three foundation subjects in Year 1: BUS5POE, BUS5SBF and ACC4001. Applicants without an undergraduate degree but with a demonstrated minimum of at least five years relevant and cognate business experience may be eligible for credit for the four foundation subjects.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0

TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 79 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

C1 Advanced: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

C2 Proficiency: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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