Master of Business Administration/Master of Applied Finance

Approved Abbreviation: MBusAdm/MAppFin

Western Sydney University Course Code: 2782.1

AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 084780E

Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2015 or later.

This double degree is unique in that it equips graduates with the skills and knowledge to engage with contemporary business environments, and in particular executive careers in finance, banking and investment sectors. It provides students with the opportunity to acquire technical knowledge necessary to function in an evolving and increasingly sophisticated financial environment with an emphasis on the practical application of these techniques. The design of the degree reflects consultation with a range of stakeholders including industry and professional associations; the applied finance components have been developed by individuals who are actively involved in the financial sector. The design comprises business foundation and core units which provide students with key skills such as business communication and analysis, as well as a general knowledge of the basics of business e.g., Accounting, Economics, and Statistics. Students complete: four foundation, fourteen core, and a 20 credit point capstone unit, for a total of 200 credit points. This course has multiple intakes each year and is suitable for graduates holding a bachelors’ degree in any discipline from a recognised university. Applicants will find having a background in Business or Commerce advantageous.

Study Mode
Two and a half years full-time or five years part time.

Course Advice

Dr Walid


CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta City Campus-Macquarie StreetFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta City Campus-Macquarie StreetPart TimeInternal See above

The Master of Business Administration/ Master of Applied Finance fulfils the educational requirements for admission as a Senior Associate (SA Fin) of Finsia - the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Finsia). Senior Associate membership with Finsia also requires at least three years career experience in the financial services industry. The Master of Business Administration/ Master of Applied Finance also allows graduates to satisfy the education requirements for professional membership of the Finance and Treasury Association (FTA) - Certified Finance and Treasury Professional (CFTP).


Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree, or higher, in any discipline.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 200 credit points. This includes four foundation units, fourteen core units, and a 20 credit point capstone unit as follows.

General Foundation Units

200820The Contemporary Business Environment
200817Business Communication Skills
200825Understanding Contemporary Organisations
200831Integrated Business Experience 1

Core Units

200821Financial Reports for Decision Making
200826Contemporary People Management
200843Integrated Business Experience 2
51163Financial Institutions and Markets (MAF)
51211International Finance
51212Security Analysis and Portfolio Theory
300962Applied Business Statistics
200426Corporate Finance
51054Financial Modelling
51165Financial Institution Management
51166Credit and Lending Decisions
51168Funds Management and Portfolio Selection

Capstone Unit

Choose one of

200829Business Project

Early Exit – 2765 Graduate Certificate in Business

Students in the Master of Business Administration/Master of Applied Finance who have completed 40 credit points of units (excluding capstone units) from any postgraduate business units may exit with the 2765 Graduate Certificate in Business. This requires approval from the Director of Academic Program.

Early Exit – 2761 Master of Business Administration

Students in the Master of Business Administration/Master of Applied Finance who have completed 160 credit points of MBA units may exit with 2761 Master of Business Administration.

Early Exit – 2759 Master of Applied Finance

Students in the Master of Business Administration/Master of Applied Finance who have completed 160 credit points of Master of Applied Finance units may exit with 2759 Master of Applied Finance.

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