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Master of Financial Analysis (Investment)


Course Description

The Master of Financial Analysis (Investment) is based on a defined body of knowledge of proven relevance to the finance industry and is designed as a pathway to the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter, which has become known as the designation of professional excellence within the global investment industry.

This course focuses specifically on the specialisation of equity valuation and portfolio performance measurement allowing the study of this area in greater depth, and is the course with the most comprehensive core curriculum coverage of the CFA Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK). It builds on a broad foundation of study in economics, accounting, management and quantitative methods. Lecturers and practitioners help students develop the knowledge, skills and analytical thinking suitable for professional accreditation as a CFA charterholder and a career in investment, banking or finance.

English Language Requirements

IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.

Additional information

This course is based on a defined body of knowledge of proven relevance to the finance industry. It is designed as a pathway to the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter - the designation of professional excellence within the global investment industry.
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 language proficiency, academic record or employment experience.

Professional recognition

The Master of Financial Analysis is a CFA Program Partner. The CFA charter is the most widely recognised professional accreditation in finance in the world. It sets the global standard for investment knowledge, standards and ethics. The CFA charter is obtained by successfully completing examinations at three levels set by the CFA Institute and having four years of work experience in the investment industry.

The Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) offers membership at the level of Associate and Senior Associate to those with an accredited degree and three years' to five years' industry experience. In addition, the Finance and Treasury Association (FTA) offers membership as a Certified Finance and Treasury Professional for those with an accredited postgraduate course in a finance-related discipline.

How to apply

Apply now (http://www.latrobe.edu.au/study/how-to-apply/international/undergraduate-and-postgraduate) or ask us a question (http://www.latrobe.edu.au/study/contact/international/ask-a-question) if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

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.

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