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As economies around the world grow and change, financial analysts have become more important than ever. Choose a Master of Financial Analysis and expand your career opportunities in the competitive and rapidly-growing finance industry. Our degree combines practical experience with theory to ensure you graduate career-ready.

La Trobe is among the top three universities in Victoria for research in accounting, auditing and accountability, and in banking, finance and investment (Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA): National Report 2015-16). This expertise informs and enhances the content of our courses and our teaching.

Learn from industry heavyweights, listen to specialist guest lecturers and gain invaluable insight into the dynamic and complex world of financial analysis. You’ll also learn from our Professors of Practice, professional experts who bring industry into the classroom and help you apply problem solving to real-world issues.

Our accounting and finance courses are designed in partnership with industry, to meet the needs of business and professional associations, particularly the CFA.

Give your qualification an edge by specialising in financial risk management or investment. Alternatively you can combine the generalist degree with other Masters degrees, such as the Master of Professional Accounting or the Master of International Business in order to expand your employment options, both locally and overseas.

Career opportunities

Expand your career opportunities with a Master of Financial Analysis.

The course equips you with the skills and professional knowledge to stand out in a competitive field. A balance of practical and theoretical study will help prepare you to tackle real-life problems across a broad range of fields and positions.

In addition, La Trobe University is a CFA Institute Program Partner, and a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) is embedded in the Master of Financial Analysis course. This is helpful to students preparing for the CFA exams.

Our graduates work in companies in Australia and around the world including:

  • PwC
  • Telstra
  • KPMG
  • ANZ
  • EY (formerly, Ernst & Young).

Previous graduates have moved into roles such as:

  • senior investment officers
  • finance executives
  • business analysts.

This program will give you the skills required to succeed in senior roles across:

  • investments
  • asset management
  • banking
  • corporate finance
  • financial management.

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Lukman Hanif Arbi

Lukman Hanif Arbi

Current student, Master of Financial Analysis

“The Campus has a very relaxed yet intellectually stimulating atmosphere.”

story

Lukman Hanif Arbi chose to expand his opportunities by combining a Master of Financial Analysis with a Master of Islamic Banking and Finance at La Trobe

The course enabled him to learn in a supportive environment where he gained insight not only from the expert staff but also his fellow classmates.

He explains the academic staff were, '…critical to my learning because they are very approachable and collectively demonstrate a good understanding of the topics covered by the course.'

Arbi also appreciated the intellectually stimulating, yet comfortable atmosphere on campus. 'In my opinion [it] is a good combination when one is trying to explore new ideas,' he says.

By studying a Master of Financial Analysis, Arbi deepened his understanding of the complexities of the finance industry.

Arbi is now a PhD candidate undertaking research in Islamic finance and modern economic theory.

Course details for local students

Master of Financial Analysis

Semester starts:
See additional information
Fees amount:
$27,000 per 120 credit points.
Campus:
Melbourne
Duration:
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Prerequisites:
An Australian Bachelor's degree in any discipline or an approved equivalent qualification. 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. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Professional recognition:
La Trobe University is a CFA Institute Program Partner for the Master of Financial Analysis. Graduates of the Master of Financial Analysis may be eligible to apply for registration with the CFA Institute. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Additional information:
Note this course is available in the Summer Semester, commencing in October, as well as in Semester 1 (March), and Semester 2 (July). Applicants with demonstrated prior learning in business, either in the form of an undergraduate degree in a business related field or with at least five years relevant business experience, will be eligible to apply for Advanced Standing (credit) for the four subjects of the first semester of the course. In making an offer of Advanced Standing to an applicant, the University may give consideration to a range of factors including academic record, and employment experience.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Master of Financial Analysis (Financial Risk Management)

Semester starts:
See additional information
Fees amount:
$27,000 per 120 credit points.
Campus:
Melbourne
Duration:
2 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Prerequisites:
An Australian Bachelor's degree in any discipline or an approved equivalent qualification. 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. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Professional recognition:
Graduates of the Master of Financial Analysis (Financial Risk Management) may be eligible to apply for registration with the CFA Institute. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details. Graduates of the Master of Financial Analysis (Financial Risk Management) may apply for membership with Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) and the Finance and Treasury Association (FTA). Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Additional information:
This course is offered in Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July), and Summer Semester (October). Applicants with demonstrated prior learning in business, either in the form of an undergraduate degree in a business related field or with at least five years relevant business experience, will be eligible to apply for Advanced Standing for the four subjects of the first semester of the course. In making an offer of Advanced Standing to an applicant, the university may give consideration to a range of factors including academic record and employment experience.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Master of Financial Analysis (Investment)

Semester starts:
See additional information
Fees amount:
$27,000 per 120 credit points.
Campus:
Melbourne
Duration:
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Prerequisites:
An Australian Bachelor's degree in any discipline or an approved equivalent qualification. 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. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Professional recognition:
Graduates of the Master of Financial Analysis (Investment) may be eligible to apply for registration with the CFA Institute. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Additional information:
This course commences in Summer (October), Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (July). If you want to do postgraduate business courses in Summer (October) you must complete the full two years of the course with no Advanced Standing (credit). The Summer Semester will be taught only at the Melbourne Campus. Applicants with demonstrated prior learning in business, either in the form of an undergraduate degree in a business related field or with at least five years relevant business experience, will be eligible to apply for advanced standing for the four subjects of the first semester of the course. In making an offer of advanced standing to an applicant, the university may give consideration to a range of factors including English proficiency, academic record, employment experience.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Sample course structure

Foundation Subjects

  • Academic Integrity Module (online)
  • Sustainable Management and Marketing
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance
  • Principles of Economics
  • Statistics for Business and Finance

Core subjects

  • Financial Management
  • Debt Securities
  • Derivative Securities
  • Econometric Methods
  • Portfolio Management

Electives

Choose 7x School of Business level 5 electives (15 credit points each)

  • Alternative Securities
  • Credit Risk Management
  • Equity Securities
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • International Financial Management
  • Market Risk Management
  • Operational Risk Management

Specialisations, majors and minors

Master of Financial Analysis

The Master of Financial Analysis provides a comprehensive exploration of the financial sector, giving you the flexibility to enter the industry from a diverse range of positions and perspectives.

With a generalist understanding of financial analysis, you’ll have a broad base of knowledge to help you address both macro and micro real-life challenges within the industry.

This course will cover a wide selection of topics and concepts, giving you a strong theoretical and practical foundation from various nuanced angles, be it accounting, investment, analysis or consultation.

Learn from industry specialists, listen to expert guest lecturers and gain high-level insight into the mechanics and complexity of the finance sector.

Master of Financial Analysis (Financial Risk Management)

The Master of Financial Analysis (Financial Risk Management) is based on providing graduates with the skills they need to excel in this key area of the finance industry. Risk management is the forecasting and evaluation of financial risks, together with the identification of procedures to avoid or minimize their impact.

La Trobe University is an Academic Partner with the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).

Graduates of the Master of Financial Analysis (Financial Risk Management) may apply for membership with The Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA), The Finance and Treasury Association (FTA), and the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).  Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Master of Financial Analysis (Investment)

The Master of Financial Analysis (Investment) is based on a vast body of knowledge relating to the field of investment.

Lecturers and practitioners help students develop the knowledge, skills and analytical thinking required for a professional career in investment, banking or finance.

This course focuses specifically on the specialisation of equity valuation and portfolio performance measurement.

Course details for international students

Master of Financial Analysis (079189G)

Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Fees amount:
31 500
Campus:
Melbourne
Duration:
2 years
Prerequisites:
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0. TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English). TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22. La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website. English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0. Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59. Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher. Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements:
The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or its equivalent). Prior learning developed through relevant work experience or professional accreditation, where it is deemed to be at least equivalent to that obtained through a Bachelor degree, may be considered. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors to determine whether an applicant has demonstrated the capacity to work at a Master's level, including academic record, English proficiency, and/or employment experience. (Optional) The Bachelor degree (or equivalent) must be deemed cognate to gain entry to a 1.5 year Master degree, otherwise, the applicant will be considered for a 2 year Master degree program. NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Professional recognition:
La Trobe University is a CFA Institute Program Partner for the Master of Financial Analysis. Graduates of the Master of Financial Analysis may be eligible to apply for registration with the CFA Institute. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Additional information:
If you can demonstrate prior learning in business, either in the form of an undergraduate degree in a business-related field or with at least five years relevant business experience, you'll be eligible to apply for Advanced Standing for the four subjects of the first semester of the course. In making you an offer of Advanced Standing, the University may give consideration to a range of factors including your English language proficiency, academic record, employment experience, and/or satisfactory completion of a challenge exam for any one or all of the four, first semester subjects.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Master of Financial Analysis (Financial Risk Management) (073307K)

Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Fees amount:
31 500
Campus:
Melbourne
Duration:
2 years
Prerequisites:
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0. TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English). TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22. La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website. English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0. Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59. Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher. Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements:
The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or its equivalent). Prior learning developed through relevant work experience or professional accreditation, where it is deemed to be at least equivalent to that obtained through a Bachelor degree, may be considered. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors to determine whether an applicant has demonstrated the capacity to work at a Master's level, including academic record, English proficiency, and/or employment experience. (Optional) The Bachelor degree (or equivalent) must be deemed cognate to gain entry to a 1.5 year Master degree, otherwise, the applicant will be considered for a 2 year Master degree program. NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Professional recognition:
Graduates of the Master of Financial Analysis (Financial Risk Management) may be eligible to apply for registration with the CFA Institute. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details. Graduates of the Master of Financial Analysis (Financial Risk Management) may apply for membership with Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) and the Finance and Treasury Association (FTA). Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Additional information:
If you can demonstrate prior learning in business, either in the form of an undergraduate degree in a business-related field or with at least five years relevant business experience, you'll be eligible to apply for Advanced Standing for the four subjects of the first semester of the course. In making you an offer of Advanced Standing, the University may give consideration to a range of factors including your English language proficiency, academic record, and employment experience.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Master of Financial Analysis (Investment) (079188G)

Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Fees amount:
31 500
Campus:
Melbourne
Duration:
2 years
Prerequisites:
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0. TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English). TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22. La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website. English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0. Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59. Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher. Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements:
The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or its equivalent). Prior learning developed through relevant work experience or professional accreditation, where it is deemed to be at least equivalent to that obtained through a Bachelor degree, may be considered. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors to determine whether an applicant has demonstrated the capacity to work at a Master's level, including academic record, English proficiency, and/or employment experience. (Optional) The Bachelor degree (or equivalent) must be deemed cognate to gain entry to a 1.5 year Master degree, otherwise, the applicant will be considered for a 2 year Master degree program. NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Professional recognition:
Graduates of the Master of Financial Analysis (Investment) may be eligible to apply for registration with the CFA Institute. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Additional information:
This course is based on a defined body of knowledge of proven relevance to the finance industry. It is designed as a pathway to the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter - the designation of professional excellence within the global investment industry. Applicants with demonstrated prior learning in business, either in the form of an undergraduate degree in a business related field or with at least five years relevant business experience, will be eligible to apply for Advanced Standing for the four subjects of the first semester of the course. In making an offer of Advanced Standing to an applicant, the University may give consideration to a range of factors including English language proficiency, academic record or employment experience.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Sample course structure

Foundation Subjects

  • Academic Integrity Module (online)
  • Sustainable Management and Marketing
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance
  • Principles of Economics
  • Statistics for Business and Finance

Core subjects

  • Financial Management
  • Debt Securities
  • Derivative Securities
  • Econometric Methods
  • Portfolio Management

Electives

Choose 7x School of Business level 5 electives (15 credit points each)

  • Alternative Securities
  • Credit Risk Management
  • Equity Securities
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • International Financial Management
  • Market Risk Management
  • Operational Risk Management

Specialisations, majors and minors

Master of Financial Analysis

The Master of Financial Analysis provides a comprehensive exploration of the financial sector, giving you the flexibility to enter the industry from a diverse range of positions and perspectives.

With a generalist understanding of financial analysis, you’ll have a broad base of knowledge to help you address both macro and micro real-life challenges within the industry.

This course will cover a wide selection of topics and concepts, giving you a strong theoretical and practical foundation from various nuanced angles, be it accounting, investment, analysis or consultation.

Learn from industry specialists, listen to expert guest lecturers and gain high-level insight into the mechanics and complexity of the finance sector.

Master of Financial Analysis (Financial Risk Management)

The Master of Financial Analysis (Financial Risk Management) is based on providing graduates with the skills they need to excel in this key area of the finance industry. Risk management is the forecasting and evaluation of financial risks, together with the identification of procedures to avoid or minimize their impact.

La Trobe University is an Academic Partner with the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).

Graduates of the Master of Financial Analysis (Financial Risk Management) may apply for membership with The Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA), The Finance and Treasury Association (FTA), and the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP).  Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Master of Financial Analysis (Investment)

The Master of Financial Analysis (Investment) is based on a vast body of knowledge relating to the field of investment.

Lecturers and practitioners help students develop the knowledge, skills and analytical thinking required for a professional career in investment, banking or finance.

This course focuses specifically on the specialisation of equity valuation and portfolio performance measurement.

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