Overview

Master of Business Administration / Master of Applied Finance

Are you passionate about Finance and want a strong foundation in business administration? To extend your business capabilities as well as obtain specialised Applied Finance knowledge, the combined Master of Business Administration/Master of Applied Finance is the program for you.

A combined Master of Business Administration / Master of Applied Finance through the University of Newcastle is for professionals aiming to further expand their career opportunities, readying themselves for senior management positions. With a focus on high level management capabilities as well as developing technical expertise in finance, the combined the MBA/Master of Applied Finance arms you with the high-level skills and "know-how" to succeed in senior management roles. These skills are transferrable to organizations of all sizes in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors.

A combined Master’s degree program will set you apart. In the highly competitive global business environment it is critical that senior managers have a multi-disciplinary approach to business operations. A combined Master’s program in Applied Finance and Business Administration aims to equip graduates with the technical expertise to work in the fast paced world of Finance.  This program also develops an extended understanding in whole-of-business practice, and builds a knowledge-base that serves as a platform for senior management competence.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere and thereby balance work, life and study. You can achieve your fully accredited Master of Business Administration/Master of Applied Finance at a time that suits you.

Is it for you?

Are you looking to advance your career or gain formal recognition for your wealth of experience?  In the competitive and fast paced world of finance, employers are looking for highly qualified candidates. A combined Master’s degree in Business Administration and Applied Finance will demonstrate your ability and dedication, as well as increasing your employability in professional management positions across many areas of business, particularly finance. The advantage of undertaking a combined Master’s degree is that you will achieve two qualifications in significantly less time than it takes to complete them separately.

The combined MBA/ Master of Applied Finance program focuses on developing generalist administration skills and financial expertise. Students will develop a holistic understanding of a number of business functions including marketing, organisational design, managerial decision making, project management, strategic management and accounting as well as developing a deeper knowledge and skills set relating to the operation of financial markets, financial risk management, equity evaluation and investment strategies. This postgraduate qualification can be the key to your future career success or can provide you with the know-how to leverage your business to new heights.

With a strategically based focus on business management capabilities and financial expertise the combined MBA/Master of Applied Finance will leverage your career potential, at a time and place that suits the demands of your life.

Upon graduation you will have a comprehensive understanding and ability to apply the advanced areas of business and finance that are pivotal to business success in both the public and private sectors.

Career Pathways

Studying a combined Masters will open opportunities in a wide variety of industries with organisations looking to tap into your wealth of knowledge and expertise in a number of areas.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is an internationally recognised and highly prestigious qualification, known for its ability to significantly increase your professional value and employability. The Master of Applied Finance is a comprehensive and rigorous qualification that provides graduates with the fundamental understanding and practical skills to operate in the financial services sector. In combination the professional qualities developed in each degree are enhanced, meaning that our graduates can position themselves to fast track their career.

With your enhanced leadership capabilities, business management focus and expertise in the financial services sector, and you will be able to produce high quality financial analysis as well as capitalize on a new found awareness of company culture, people management and leadership skills. These knowledge and skills sets can increase your value as an employee and see you fast-track to senior positions, increase your salary potential and advance your career.

The program’s content focuses on high level management capabilities and is accredited by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), preparing graduates for challenging but highly rewarding careers in financial services, managerial finance or business administration. The knowledge and skills which are developed are transferrable to organisations of all sizes in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors, arming you with the high-level skills and "know-how" to succeed in senior management roles.

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

Admission to the Master of Business Administration/Master of Applied Finance program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination or education and/or work experience. The table below outlines the number of years experience required, depending on your previous educational qualifications.

 

Educational Qualification Number of years relevant industry experience
3 Year Bachelors (in a related field of study) Zero
3 Year Bachelors (in a non-related field of study) One
No previous educational qualifications Seven (including 2 in a management position)

 

If you would like your professional qualifications and/or work experience to be considered, please provide certified copies of all relevant qualifications, a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.


Applicants should also provide a statement detailing how your professional experience prepares you to undertake postgraduate study.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications for recognition of prior learning based on experience and professional development will be assessed by the program convenor. The information outlined above is indicative only.

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID.  You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency”.

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