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Master of Finance and Business Economics

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3CM012

CRICOS 056498F

The Master of Finance and Business Economics has been designed to meet the needs of entrants from a business or economics degree seeking in-depth advancement in their field, or a graduate from any other degree seeking to comprehensively adapt to the fields of economics and finance.

While the degree includes study in both fields, students choose to specialise in one area:

  • For candidates choosing the Finance specialisation, the program provides the educational grounding to proceed with professional studies towards the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification.
  • For candidates specialising in Economics, the program provides training in theoretical and applied aspects of modern economics and econometrics; and aims to enhance their understanding of the application of economic theories.
  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 3CM012
    Mid-year entry Subject to availability
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only

    Graduate Entry A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent with at least a credit average; or a completed Graduate Certificate in Commerce from the University of Adelaide.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM012

    International applicants

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 056498F
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree with a credit average.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $28,000

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $40,000


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    Work placement can include:

    Professional Accreditation

    The program covers a substantial part of the body of knowledge for those wanting to proceed with professional studies offered by the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute as well as being on the ASIC registry as RG 146 compliant for several specialised fields of finance.

    The University's business programs have been awarded international accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) 

    AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than 5% of the world's business schools.

    This means the University of Adelaide's Business Degrees are recognised internationally for their high quality and successful graduates.

    Potential careers

    Accountant, Management Consultant, Manager / Business Management, Auditor, Banker, Business Analyst, Business Consultant, Business Data Analyst, Economic Researcher, Economist, Finance Manager, Financial Adviser, Financial Services Officer, Fund and Portfolio Manager, Stockbroker

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    Students complete core courses which include four foundation courses, four finance courses, four economics courses and two specialisation courses. The remaining two courses will be either finance or economics courses, depending on the student's main specialisation.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Areas of Specialisation

    • Finance
    • Economics

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative Study Program
    Foundation Courses ACCTING 7019: Accounting Concepts and Methods (M)
    CORPFIN 7033: Quantitative Methods (M)
    CORPFIN 7005: Principles of Finance (M)
    ECON 7200: Economic Principles (M)
    Five Finance Courses CORPFIN 7019: Advanced Funds Management (M)
    CORPFIN 7020: Derivatives (M)
    CORPFIN 7039: Equity Valuation and Analysis (M)
    CORPFIN 7040: Fixed Income Securities (M)
    ACCTFIN 7001: Ethical Principles in Finance and Accounting (M)
    Four Economics Courses ECON 7001: Econometrics PG
    ECON 7011: Intermediate Microeconomics IID
    ECON 7071: Intermediate Macroeconomics IID
    ECON 7036: International Trade and Investment Policy IID
    Electives Finance
    ACCTFIN 7017: Financial Statement Analysis (M)
    CORPFIN 7050: International Financial Management (M)
    CORPFIN 7021: Corporate Investment Evaluation (M)
    CORPFIN 7022: Advanced Corporate Finance (M)
    CORPFIN 7051: Behavioural Finance: Theory and Application (M)
    CORPFIN 7023: Financial Modelling Techniques (M)
    CORPFIN 7042: Corporate Financial Risk Management (M)
    CORPFIN 7048: Applied Financial Institutions Management (M)
    CORPFIN 6003: Tax, Estate and Wealth Planning (M)
    CORPFIN 6004: Global Wealth Management (M)


    ECON 7114: Money, Banking and Financial Markets PG
    ECON 7016: Resource and Environmental Economics PG
    ECON 7032: Public Economics PG
    ECON 7036: International Trade and Investment Policy IID
    ECON 7044: International Finance PG
    ECON 7058: Development Economics PG
    ECON 7062: Game Theory PG
    ECON 7237: Industrial Organisation PG
    ECON 7072: International Trade PG
    ECON 7075: Intermediate Mathematical Economics IID
    Subject to approval, students may be eligible to undertake up to three units from the following electives:
    ACCTFIN 7501: International Study Tour - Accounting and Finance
    ACCTFIN 7502: Domestic Study Tour - Accounting & Finance


    May include, but not limited to: Examinations, Group Assignments, Individual Assignments, Consulting Projects, Presentations, Quizzes, Tests, Tutorial Work as prescribed within each course.

  • Further Information

    Please direct enquiries to Ask Adelaide
    Phone: +61 8 8313 7335 (toll free 1800 061 459)

    The annual Open Day and Information Night events provide an excellent opportunity to see our campus, meet with academics, and discuss your study options.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 15 Nov 2017