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Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance

Approved Abbreviation: GradCertAppFin

Western Sydney University Course Code: 2760.3

AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 042014B

Students should follow the course structure for the course or course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is Quarter 3 2016 or later.

Commencement Year 2015 to Quarter 2 2016 - 2760.2 Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance

Commencement Year 2013 - 2014 - 2760.1 Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance addresses practitioners in finance, banking, funds management and corporate treasuries, who want to improve their professional position. The certificate is specifically designed to encompass all these fields so that students can choose the units appropriate to their career opportunities. It provides students with a first round of technical knowledge necessary to function in an evolving and increasingly sophisticated financial environment with an emphasis on the practical application of these techniques.

Study Mode
Six months full-time or one year part-time.


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


Have an Associate Degree, or higher, in a business discipline;


Have an advanced diploma, or higher, in a business discipline and have a minimum of five years general work experience in a related field;


Have a minimum of three years full-time equivalent managerial/professional work experience in a related field;


Submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

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.

International Office

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 the four core units as per the recommended sequence below:


Year 1

Quarter 1 session

200849New Venture Finance
200821Financial Reports for Decision Making

Quarter 2 session

300962Applied Business Statistics

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