Master of Business Administration / Master of Applied Finance

The University of Newcastle, Australia (UON)

Program Overview

This combined degree program allows students to undertake studies in the more general business disciplines of the Master of Business Administration while also studying the specific Applied Finance courses of the Master of Applied Finance. The Master of Business Administration program is designed to provide students with a range of analytic, strategic and leadership skills which will prepare them for increasingly competitive careers in business management in the corporate and public sectors.

The program offers a grounding in fundamental business areas such as accounting, finance, organisational behaviour, economics, marketing and management. Analytic and problem solving skills are emphasised through an applied understanding of the theoretical framework within which today’s managers must operate, as well as the acquisition of practical skills in teamwork, writing, presentation and time-management. The ability to cope with rapid organisational and technological change is developed through an understanding of organisational behaviour, information systems and organisational change and development.

The Master of Applied Finance provides graduates from diverse undergraduate disciplines with training and analytical skills in finance. Students will gain core financial management skills, an understanding of Australian and international financial markets, knowledge of derivative assets and markets, analytical skills for interpreting and analysis developments in finance practice, and applied knowledge of various specialised aspects of the finance industry.



  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 41,275


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 79

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The following changes to the Master of Business Administration/Master of Applied Finance were implemented:

  • Program structure changed from 150 units of Core courses + 10 units of Directed courses to 140 units of Core courses + 20 units Directed courses
  • GSBS6001 Managing Under Uncertainty was moved from the Core course list to the Directed course list

Any student who had completed GSBS6001 Managing Under Uncertainty as a Core course will now count GSBS6001 as a Directed course toward their program.

Core Courses

  • Foundations of Business Analysis
  • Organisational Behaviour and Design
  • Marketing Management and Planning
  • Strategic Management
  • Corporate Finance
  • Investment Analysis
  • Derivatives and Risk Management
  • Applied Portfolio Management
  • Financial Institutions Management
  • International Financial Management
  • Financial and Management Accounting
  • Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Leadership in Contemporary Organisations

Entry into the Master of Business Administration/Master of Applied Finance will be available for applicants who have:

  • Bachelor (Honours) Degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification; or
  • Bachelor Degree, or an equivalent qualification, in a related field such as accounting, business, commerce, economics, finance, human resource management, industrial relations, management, marketing; or
  • Bachelor Degree, or an equivalent qualification, not in a related field and 1 year relevant organisational experience; or
  • At least 7 years' relevant organisational experience, including 2 years in a management position; or
  • Successful completion of 75% (30 units) of one of the following UoN programs:
    • Graduate Certificate in Business Administration
    • Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance
    • Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management
    • Graduate Certificate in Marketing
    • Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting

Students seeking Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) must apply to the Program Convenor. RPL applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.5 with no subtest result below 6.0.


International students - AUD41,275 (indicative annual fee)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units)

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