The Master of Business (Finance) requires the completion of 72 units of study. It can be completed in 2 years of full-time study (or equivalent part time). The course is offered by the College of Business, Government and Law.
This specialisation articulates with the 18-unit Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and the 36-unit Graduate Diploma in Business Administration finance specialisation, and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards.
Students who have completed the Graduate Diploma normally receive credit for up to 36 units of topics towards the Masters degree.
Alternatively, students enrolled directly in the Masters program may choose only to meet the requirements for the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma and exit with that qualification.
Applicants will normally hold a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution OR have completed the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.
Applicants who have completed
- a bachelor degree in a business discipline or a discipline related to their chosen specialisation; or
- a bachelor degree which includes a major in business, commerce, marketing or management; or
- a graduate certificate in a business discipline
at an approved institution may be eligible to follow a 54 unit study program and complete the degree in 1.5 years full time or equivalent part time.
The Dean (Education) may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
The course is designed to provide a strong foundation of business and financial knowledge, competencies and capabilities to support ethical, global business management and leadership of organisations. Students will be exposed to the application of theory to a range of organisation types including private sector business organisations, not-for-profit organisations and public organisations. Through experiential learning techniques students will develop knowledge and competencies to conduct independent research, carry out industry and discipline related projects, and relate their learning to authentic financial problems and issues encountered by organisations.
Graduates of the Master of Business (Finance) will be able to:
- explain the role of economics, accounting, financial management, human resource management and marketing in decision making, planning and management of organisations
- analyse the potential risks, opportunities and impact of local and global environments, financial markets and events on the operations, strategic management and leadership of organisations
- apply theoretical and technical financial knowledge and competencies to critical analysis of operational and strategic management in organisations, including ensuring fiscally responsible and sustainable compliance with legal, regulatory and governance obligations
- apply contemporary and innovative financial strategic management practices compatible with organisational sustainability, ethical behaviour and effective workforce relations
- apply appropriate research methods to investigate and formulate financial strategies and risk management for diverse organisations
- manage time, tasks, self and others effectively to complete projects individually and in collaboration with a diverse team
- present theoretical concepts and complex ideas in both written and verbal formats appropriate for a range of specialist and non-specialist stakeholder audiences
Program of study
To qualify for the Master of Business (Finance) specialisation, a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below, unless granted credit for previous study.
Core - Year 1 topics
31.5 units comprising:
BUSN9022 Marketing Principles (4.5 units)
BUSN9035 Business Accounting (4.5 units)
BUSN9115 Quantitative Methods (4.5 units)
BUSN9119 Financial Management (4.5 units)
BUSN9239 International Business in the Asia Pacific Region (4.5 units)
BUSN9241 International Business Finance and Banking (4.5 units)**
BUSN9248 Managing People (4.5 units)**
Option - Year 1 topics
Plus 4.5 units of option topics
Core - Year 2 topics
22.5 units comprising:
BUSN9017 Marketing Strategy and Decision Making (4.5 units)
BUSN9019 Applied Research Methods in Business (4.5 units)
BUSN9116 Economics for Business (4.5 units)
BUSN9132 New Venture Finance and Private Equity (4.5 units)
BUSN9229 Sustainability and Ethics in Management (4.5 units)**
Option - Year 1 topics
Plus 13.5 units of option topics
Option - Year 1 & 2 topics Topics
BUSN9125A Industry Project (9 units)*
BUSN9126 Industry Placement (4.5 units)*
BUSN9235 Managing Negotiations (4.5 units)
BUSN9242 International Human Resources Management (4.5 units)
BUSN9243 International Marketing and Export Management (4.5 units)
BUSN9259 Supply Chain and Operations (4.5 units)#
BUSN9262 Advanced Recruitment and Selection (4.5 units)
BUSN9263 Performance Management and Rewards (4.5 units)
BUSN9264 Consumer Behaviour (4.5 units)
BUSN9258 International Study Tour (4.5 units)*
BUSN9409 Academic English for Business (4.5 units)
Or other topics from the Master of Business and its specialisations
Or other topics as approved by the Program Director
* Enrolment into these topics requires approval from the Program Director.
** Also available online
# Online only