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Get to the heart of finance. This degree combines the study of advanced theory with research in a specialised finance area to give you a career advantage. Read more

Get to the heart of finance

This degree combines the study of advanced theory with research in a specialised finance area to give you a career advantage.

Massey University’s Master of Finance is a detailed, specialised degree that will give you the skills and knowledge to move to a higher level of seniority in your career.

Learn from leading business experts

The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools - it is ranked among the top two per cent of business schools globally and is AACSB accredited. 

Massey University’s accountancy and finance programme ranks in the 150 universities in the world and its business and management studies in the top 250 (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings). We are also ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide for business administration and finance programmes by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

You will learn from well-respected academics and business experts, gaining an international perspective.

To get the maximum benefit from this specialised qualification, you must have an undergraduate degree in finance and preferably some experience in the finance sector. You will use your own experiences to build your finance-sector expertise.

Complete in a shorter time

This masters qualification offers the same rigorous and prestigious programme as other masters degrees, yet can be completed in only three semesters (180 credits), or one and half years. The Master of Finance can also be taken as a one-year programme after completing a Bachelor of Business Studies (Honours) in Finance. If you wish to complete a more in-depth masters research project you may extend your degree out to 240 credits.

What will you learn?

A masters is a rigorous, challenging, rewarding and exciting programme of study. Your study will focus on your chosen major, but help you put this speciality into the context of other business disciplines - reflecting the reality of today’s business environment. 

To succeed at a senior level in business, or academia, you must be able to communicate your work and findings effectively. The Master of Finance will help develop your oral and written communication skills to the level expected of senior business leaders. 

You will learn the processes and disciplines involved in high-level in-depth research and how to apply them to business.

Convenient for those in the workforce

This degree is offered in block mode, which means that rather than attending regular lectures, you will attend one or more periods of intensive study on campus. 

Relevant learning

Massey University conducts an internationally-recognised research programme in economics, finance, banking and property.

We are also involved in or lead several renowned research centres in the areas of applied and theoretical economics, financial services, public policy evaluation, financial literacy, real estate, social innovation and sustainable development. 

The Master of Finance also has a focus on real-world learning. We utilise our relationships with industry and help you draw on experience you may have to give your learning context and relevance to the real world. You will be taught by some of New Zealand's leading practitioners and learn the application of techniques in real world environments, like our Trading Room - the only one of its kind in a New Zealand university. 

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Finance will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.



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The Otago Business School's Department of Accountancy & Finance offer the Master of Finance degree for students who wish to gain advanced financial skills and knowledge, while also enhancing their career prospects. Read more

The Otago Business School's Department of Accountancy & Finance offer the Master of Finance degree for students who wish to gain advanced financial skills and knowledge, while also enhancing their career prospects.

Key Information about the Master of Finance (MFinc):

  • 12 month (February to February) full time study.
  • Seven taught papers + either an applied or research project
  • Applicants with a mathematically oriented degree and normally have achieved an average grade of B+ in the papers satisfying the final year major subject requirement for that degree are encouraged to apply
  • Applicants with relevant practical experience may also be considered if the B+ average is not met

Master of Finance (MFinc)

The MFinc is a coursework masters degree consisting of taught papers and either an applied or research project, which will equip you to be either:

a) Professional practitioners in the field of Finance

b) Academic researchers in the discipline of Finance

The study options within the degree are designed to offer a number of pathways for you depending on your academic background and career aspirations. The primary pathway is for strong graduates of mathematically-oriented degrees such as mathematics and statistics, physics and economics to gain a finance qualification. This qualification is designed for people seeking a career in the finance industry or for financial specialists in non-financial firms.

As a graduate of the MFinc if you complete the Applied Project (BSNS 501) option you will have a wide range of career opportunities in commercial and investment banks, brokerage and investment firms, insurance companies, treasury departments of non-financial corporations, regulatory agencies, consulting and accounting firms. If on the other hand you complete the Research Project (BSNS 580) you will in addition have the ability to design and pursue a large project of independent research and consider MCom or even PhD in finance.

Degree Structure

The programme of study shall consist of seven 20 point taught papers together with a 40 point applied project or research project. Papers are either taught in semester one, semester two or are full-year papers.

You must complete seven of:

  • FINC402 - Advanced Corporate Finance
  • FINC403 - Studies in Capital Markets
  • FINC405 - Mathematical Finance
  • FINC406 - Advanced Empirical Finance
  • FINC410 - Advanced International Financial Management
  • FINC411 - Financial Risk Management
  • FINC460 - Fixed Income
  • ACFI459 - Advanced Research Methods
  • BSNS401 - The Environment of Business & Economics

Plus one of the following project papers:

  • BSNS501- Applied Project 
  • or
  • BSNS580 - Research Project


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Industry-relevant learning. Advance your financial skills and boost your career with Victoria’s postgraduate programme in Applied Finance. Read more

Industry-relevant learning

Advance your financial skills and boost your career with Victoria’s postgraduate programme in Applied Finance.

Offered by the School of Economics and Finance and created in consultation with accrediting professional bodies, the programme is oriented towards applied knowledge so you gain the crucial industry skills you need to hit the ground running.

Finance from all angles

Explore the workings of capital markets in New Zealand and around the world. Gain a deeper understanding of valuation, financing, investment management and banking. Improve your computer skills and perfect the art of financial modelling.

Learn the principles, practice and operations of financial markets, and the management of corporate, government and financial institutions. You'll gain the practical and operational skills you need to succeed in the international world of volatile financial markets.

Study while you work

Study full-time or part-time. Most classes will be after normal working hours or on block format so you can study part-time and continue working if you wish.

A global focus

Study with students and lecturers from all over the world. You'll benefit from the experience of a global network of alumni, industry experts and respected academics.

Community

Postgraduate study at Victoria will help you build valuable relationships and networks with peers, university staff and future colleagues. And the Postgraduate Students' Association can give you information and provides a voice for you on campus.

The School of Economics and Finance hosts a range of events to enhance your learning experience. These include a Seminar Series, discipline-based workshops, conferences and research symposia. You also have the opportunity to learn from distinguished scholars through the Stephen Turnovsky Visiting Fellowships.

Qualification family structure

  • Master of Applied Finance
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Analysis
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Treasury Management
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Financial Markets Analysis

Choose the qualification that suits your career goals, time constraints and financial situation.If you start with the Certificate or a Diploma, you can apply to transfer to the Master’s degree at a later stage. Both your academic performance and your professional work experience will be taken into account when assessing your application.

Or if you enrol in the Master's but can't complete it, for whatever reason, you may have enough points to be awarded a Certificate or a Diploma.

What you'll study

All the qualifications have a common theme—the principles, practice and operations of financial markets, and the management of corporate, government and financial institutions.

The aim is to equip you with the knowledge and practical skills you need to succeed in the fast-paced and changeable world of financial markets.

Depending on your choice of qualification you'll complete either three courses for the Certificate or six courses for the diplomas. If you choose to study for the Master's you'll complete nine courses.

Find out more about the courses you can study.

How you'll learn

You'll learn through weekly lectures for some courses, and in block format for others. The block courses are designed to give you the flexibility to continue working while you study.

Attending all sessions is compulsory. The block-format courses are held over two sessions, with each block consisting of two and a half days. Before the block you are responsible for completing all readings and assignments as well as attending tutorials.

As well as formal lectures, computer lab sessions, running simulations and taking tests, you'll have networking opportunities through visiting speakers, group discussions and workshops.

Workload

If you are studying full-time, you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students doing two courses per trimester will need to do around 24–28 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working full-time.

You can estimate your workload by adding up the number of points you'll be doing. One point is roughly equal to 10–12 hours work.

Duration

The Applied Finance courses require about 12–14 hours study per week each. Many students' demanding professional lives mean they choose to study part-time and only take one or two courses at a time.

The Master’s degree will take you a minimum 16 months to complete when studying full-time. Part-time may take a maximum of six years.

You have a minimum of two trimesters (eight months) and a maximum of four years for each of the two postgraduate diplomas.

For the postgraduate certificate, your minimum completion time is one trimester and your maximum is two years. Courses generally run in a cycle of 12 months, depending on the topic, and the foundation courses are generally taught in first trimester each year.

Careers

Work as a professional in major financial markets, commercial and investment banks, fund management, energy providers, other large private companies and government departments—both in New Zealand and overseas.

If you work in any of the following areas, or hope to do so, then the Applied Finance programme is for you:

  • corporate and bank treasury staff
  • fund managers, investment advisers
  • corporate bankers
  • investment bankers
  • corporate financial planners
  • stockbrokers, commodity and futures brokers
  • financial communications and data specialists
  • government and local body financial controllers
  • management consultants, lawyers and accountants
  • board directors
  • industry regulators

The programme also gives you the educational requirements you need to join the following professional finance bodies:

  • Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand Inc (INFINZ)
  • Finance and Treasury Association Ltd (FTA)
  • Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA).

The School is continuously working to develop and foster ties with national and international professional finance bodies.



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One of a kind. Join the only master’s programme in New Zealand endorsed by the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA). The Master of Professional Accountancy and Finance is the only postgraduate degree in New Zealand combining the vital business disciplines of accountancy and finance. Read more

One of a kind

Join the only master’s programme in New Zealand endorsed by the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA). The Master of Professional Accountancy and Finance is the only postgraduate degree in New Zealand combining the vital business disciplines of accountancy and finance.

The Master of Professional Accountancy and Finance (MPAF) is the only master’s qualification in New Zealand endorsed by the CFA (Chartered Financial Analysts). Massey University is one of only 130 partner universities around the world to have a partnership agreement with the CFA.

Elevate your career

The Master of Professional Accountancy and Finance shows a commitment to gaining the business capabilities that are sought-after by potential employers. It will build on your previous study and/or practical work experience to help you develop an excellent understanding of accountancy and finance principles and practical applications. It is the only masters qualification where your study covers both these disciplines.

Whether or not you come from a background in accountancy and finance, the MPAF will help build on your skills to help you move into more senior roles.

Relevant to employers

Our partnership agreement with the CFA means that the MPAF programme covers 75% of the curriculum learning outcomes deemed essential by the organisation. These have been developed by the finance industry, meaning your learning is relevant and aligned with what the industry demands. An understanding of accountancy and finance is highly sought-after by potential employers and will help you step up in your career.

An internationally-ranked business school

The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools - it is ranked among the top two per cent of business schools globally and is AACSB accredited.

Our School of Accountancy has accreditation from national and international professional institutions including the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK).

Massey University’s accountancy and finance programme ranks in the 150 universities in the world by QS (Quacquareli Symonds) rankings and our business and management studies are ranked in the top 250. We are also ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide for business administration and finance programmes by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

Our lecturers are actively researching, bringing the most relevant developments in accounting theory and practice to your study.

Study that fits around your life

Our uniquely broad range of study modes means you can fit your study around your life. You can study towards this qualification on our Auckland campus, via block courses. Or you can study via distance, from wherever you are, whenever it suits you. Massey has the largest and longest-running distance learning courses in New Zealand, giving you access to our expertise and world-leading tools.

Recognised as one of the best

As well as being recognised by the Chartered Financial Analysts organisation, MPAF is accredited and meets the academic requirements of the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAANZ), CPA Australia and the ACCA.



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The Master of Professional Accounting (MProfAcct) is a professionally accredited accounting programme aimed at graduates of any discipline who want to pursue a career in accounting. Read more

The Master of Professional Accounting (MProfAcct) is a professionally accredited accounting programme aimed at graduates of any discipline who want to pursue a career in accounting.

The Otago Business School's MProfAcct provides an opportunity for graduates with little or no experience or qualifications in accounting to pursue professional accreditation through an intensive course of study and applied research over a period of 18 months.

Key Information about the MProfAcct:

  • 18 month duration (Three semesters starting in Semester 1 + the last summer break)
  • 10 taught papers + applied project
  • Applicants normally require a B+ average (at 300 level) from their undergraduate degree
  • A background qualification, or knowledge of accounting practices is not required.
  • Applicants with relevant practical experience may also be considered

Master of Professional Accounting (MProfAcct)

In recent years, the nature of accounting in the global business workplace has moved from being principally the preparation of financial reports to now include the role of business advisor and consultant. Most students seeking graduate placements in the field of accounting will have completed a standard three-year undergraduate degree in this subject.

Otago’s MProfAcct provides an opportunity for graduates with little or no experience or qualifications in accounting to pursue professional accreditation through an intensive course of study and applied research over a period of 18 months. On completion of the degree students can gain professional accreditation and membership to industry associations such as CAANZ and CPA Australia.

MProfAcct students will be required to gain mastery of the subject matter and skills at an accelerated rate that is considered appropriate, challenging and manageable for a graduate.

Why Otago?

Choosing the right university is a very important decision. Your choice of university may have a significant impact in your life. The University of Otago is New Zealand’s first university, and prides itself on its long tradition of excellence. The University of Otago graduates are highly regarded by employers.

Otago offers a rich cultural life, reflecting a diverse international student community and New Zealand’s own multicultural population. Otago has a network of over 95,000 graduates living in more than 142 countries. We provide strong administrative support for you during your study, and career planning assistance on completion of your degrees.

The Otago Business School has an international reputation for excellence and teaching, and is acknowledged as a centre of excellence in business and economics. The University of Otago’s international reputation, the Otago Business School’s close links with the business community and the strength of an Otago degree mean career opportunities for our graduates are endless. With a business qualification from Otago you will be ready, not just for work, but for the world!

Key Features

  • Designed by both academics and practitoners
  • Accredited by professional accounting bodies, CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)
  • Special focus on developing strong technical and professional accounting skills, including communication and analytical skills
  • Open to graduates of any discipline
  • Small class sizes
  • One to one interaction with faculty members
  • Job ready programme for international students (pdf)

Career Opportunities

The MProfAcct prepares you for launching a career as an accountant either in public accounting practices or private and public sector organisations. Highly skilled accountants and business managers having accountancy and finance backgrounds are high in demand both in New Zealand and internationally. The MProfAcct qualification opens doors to a range of career opportunities, such as:

  • Chartered Accountant (CA)
  • Certified Practising Accountant (CPA)
  • Auditor
  • Business consultant
  • Tax consultant
  • Systems accountant
  • Management accountant
  • Chief Finance Officer
  • Forensic accountant


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Take your Honours degree or Postgraduate Diploma to the next level with a Master of Commerce (MCom). You'll take an in-depth look at an issue through completing a research thesis, gaining advanced knowledge of your subject area and thorough training in independent research. Read more

Take your Honours degree or Postgraduate Diploma to the next level with a Master of Commerce (MCom). You'll take an in-depth look at an issue through completing a research thesis, gaining advanced knowledge of your subject area and thorough training in independent research.

Once complete, you'll have the tools and capabilities you need for a career in business or public policy. You'll also be able to apply for PhD study in New Zealand or overseas.

This 120-point programme will take you 12 months to complete full time, or one and a half to two years part time. You must take at least 90 points of research. This means you'll complete a research thesis made up of a literature review, data collection and analysis, and your findings. A thesis is usually 30,000–40,000 words.

Available subjects

Workload

If you are studying full time, you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students will need to do around 20–24 hours of work a week so make sure you take this into account if you are working.

Further study

At the end of your Master's you can choose to continue your research and apply to do a PhD.



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Make the move into higher-level study with a degree that combines the variety and structure of classroom-based courses with opportunities for research. Read more

Make the move into higher-level study with a degree that combines the variety and structure of classroom-based courses with opportunities for research.

You'll be able to expand your expertise in one of nine subjects while taking advantage of the flexibility to study courses across a range of commerce disciplines.

Build on your Bachelor's degree to enhance your career options in business, management and government with advanced study at Victoria Business School.

International recognition

Victoria Business School is among a small group of business schools worldwide that hold the 'Triple Crown' of international business education accreditations. You can be confident your qualification will stand up against the best around the world.

Find out more about university accreditations and what they mean for you.

Available subjects

Workload

If you are studying full time, you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students doing two courses per trimester will need to do around 24–28 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working full time.

You can estimate your workload by adding up the number of points you'll be doing. One point is roughly equal to 10–12 hours work.

Duration

This 180-point programme will take you three to four trimesters of full-time study. If you’re studying part time it usually takes six trimesters.



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The Master of Commerce (MCom) degree allows for the development of individual research. Starting with a sound background of coursework, students will have the opportunity to contribute to existing fields or to begin to develop new areas of research. Read more
The Master of Commerce (MCom) degree allows for the development of individual research. Starting with a sound background of coursework, students will have the opportunity to contribute to existing fields or to begin to develop new areas of research.

The MCom can be pursued by a combination of papers and thesis, or by thesis only. Students who have a good Bachelor's degree (or equivalent qualification) will complete the MCom by papers and thesis (at least two years' full-time study). The first year consists of a selection of papers worth 144 points, leading to a Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (PGDipCom). Students who have a good Honours degree or a PGDipCom (or equivalent qualification) can complete an MCom by thesis only (minimum one year).

Further information about completing a Master's degree is available at: otago.ac.nz/study/masters/index.html

Subject areas

-Accounting
-Economics
-Finance
-Information Science
-International Business
-Management
-Marketing Management
-Tourism

Structure of the Programme

-The degree may be awarded in any of the subjects listed above. With the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce) the degree may be awarded in a subject not listed above.
-The programme of study shall consist of the preparation and submission of a thesis embodying the results of supervised research. In some cases, a candidate may also be required to take and pass approved papers, normally at 400-level, in addition to completing a thesis.
-The candidate shall, before commencing the investigation to be described in the thesis, secure the approval of the Head of the Department concerned for the topic, the supervisor(s) and the proposed course of the investigation.
-A candidate may not present a thesis which has previously been accepted for another degree.
-For the thesis, the research should be of a kind that a diligent and competent student should complete within one year of full-time study.

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