La Trobe University

Master of Financial Analysis


Semester starts
March, July, November
2 years
Annual tuition fee (A$)
34 600

Our Master of Financial Analysis is based on a defined body of knowledge of proven relevance to the finance industry. It's designed as a pathway to the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) charter - the designation of professional excellence within the global investment industry.

This two-year program is an ideal route to an internationally recognised professional accreditation in finance. We've developed our accounting and finance courses in collaboration with industry, to meet the needs of business and professional associations, particularly CFA Institute.

The curriculum is designed to provide you with a framework of relevant knowledge and skills required for high-level work in the finance industry. You'll get a broad understanding of economics, accounting, management and quantitative methods, while developing your analytical thinking.

You'll gain a strong grounding in the foundation principles of finance and examine areas such as security valuation and portfolio management, debt and derivative securities, micro- and macroeconomics, competitive and monopoly market structures, credit analysis, and risk assessment.

We'll prepare you for work in high-level investment, asset management, banking, and finance roles locally and overseas. Previous graduates have moved into roles such as Senior Investment Officer, Finance Executive, and Business Analyst at various companies in Australia and around the world including PwC, Telstra, KPMG, ANZ and EY (formerly Ernst & Young).

Our finance subjects are ranked in the Top 7 per cent in the world (QS world university rankings by subject 2015) and we’re among the top three universities in Victoria for research in accounting, auditing and accountability, banking, finance and investment (Excellence in Research for Australia, 2015). This expertise informs and enhances the content of our courses and our teaching.

Combine this degree with other Master's courses, such as the Master of Professional Accounting or the Master of International Business in order to expand your employment options, both in Australia and overseas.

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

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirement

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.

English language requirement

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

Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of other Accepted English Proficiency tests and additional recognised English Language Proficiency Measures, such as English as the language of instruction.

Career outcomes

This program will give you the skills required to succeed in senior roles in the financial sector. These include roles in investment and asset management, banking, corporate finance, and financial management. Graduates have moved into roles such as Senior Investment Officer, Finance Executive, and Business Analyst, and are employed at various companies in Australia and around the world including PwC, Telstra, KPMG, ANZ and EY (formerly Ernst & Young). It also paves the way for professional accreditation as a CFA charter holder.

Professional recognition

La Trobe University is recognised by CFA Institute as a University Affiliate for its Master of Financial Analysis. The Master of Financial Analysis is recognised by CFA Institute as covering in excess of 70% of the Candidate Body of Knowledge defined for CFA Program examinations, Levels I – III. Please contact CFA Institute for further details.

Fees and costs

Annual tuition fee (A$)

34 600


Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.

Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Additional information

If you have completed a CPA accredited undergraduate qualification, you may elect to complete the six CPA Professional subjects in place of four elective subjects and two finance elective subjects. The learning and assessment materials for these subjects is provided under licence by CPA Australia and supplemented by face-to-face lessons designed by La Trobe staff. You must be a CPA Australia Associate member and will be required to enrol concurrently with CPA Australia in order to sit the CPA final exams, at your cost. The final exam for the CPA professional subjects is the official CPA professional accreditation exam set and graded by CPA Australia. Students failing to pass this exam on the first attempt will be offered a second attempt (at their cost) in lieu of a supplementary exam. To become a CPA, graduates are required to gain three years' work experience as well as completing the CPA program. If you require personal advice about your CPA Program enrolments, you may call 1300 73 73 73 (within Australia) or +61 3 9606 9677 (outside of Australia). 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:

CRICOS code: 079189G