La Trobe University

Master of Financial Analysis


Start dates
March, July, November 2019
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Fees and costs
$29,600 per 120 credit points.

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.

Lukman Hanif Arbi

Lukman Hanif Arbi

Current student, Master of Financial Analysis

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


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.

Entry requirements


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.

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

Course fees

$29,600 per 120 credit points.


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

How to apply

Applications for Summer Semester, 2019 and Semester 1, 2019 will open later this year.

How to apply for a postgraduate coursework degree

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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). 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: