La Trobe University

Master of Financial Analysis (Investment)


Start dates
March, July, November 2019
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Fees and costs
$28,400 per 120 credit points.

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.

This course focuses specifically on the specialisation of equity valuation and portfolio performance measurement allowing the study of this area in greater depth, and covers in excess of 70% of the Candidate Body of Knowledge defined for CFA Program examinations, Levels I – III. It builds on a broad foundation of study in economics, accounting, management and quantitative methods.

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 course is designed as a pathway to the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) charter - the designation of professional excellence within the global investment industry. CFA charterholders can gain employment in investment companies and mutual funds, stockbrokerage firms and investment banks, investment management and consulting firms, insurance companies and banks.

Professional recognition

La Trobe University is recognised by CFA Institute as a University Affiliate for its Master of Financial Analysis (Investment). The Master of Financial Analysis (Investment) 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

$28,400 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 Semester 2, 2018 will open soon.

Applications for Summer Semester 2018/19 and Semester 1, 2019 will open later this year.

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Additional information

If you want to do postgraduate business courses in Summer (November) 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: