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Study mode

Online
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Campus locations

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Duration

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
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Admission information

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CSU has a variety of pathways and admissions requirements for study. Details of the types of 'bonus points' and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants are set out in the CSU institutional admissions information and CSU's general admissions policy.

You can also view details about the applicants who commenced this course last year in the ATAR profile and See the student profile.

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Session availability

Session 3; Session 1; Session 2; Session 3 201790; 201830; 201860; 201890

Please note: all sessions may not be available at all locations or through all study modes. Please check the Course offerings section for more information.

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International students

  • This course is not available to international students.

Course highlights

CSU's Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning will prepare you for your future in financial planning. It provides flexible study options to suit your existing work, family and lifestyle commitments.

Choose your study pathway

The graduate diploma offers an entry and exit point course within the Master of Applied Finance. The course includes eight subjects, including three core subjects. To graduate with the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning you'll choose your remaining five subjects from the specialisation and restricted elective subjects, allowing you to tailor study to your needs.

Build skills for future industry requirements

Recently redesigned in collaboration with professionals in the finance and financial services sectors, the course meets the needs of the industry and blends the best in current finance theory with industry practice. The revised course also offers you greater flexibility and subject choice.

Learn from industry leaders

The course is delivered by a cohort of industry and academic leaders who are supported by well-researched curriculum and teaching methods. Our lecturers have a wide range of industry experience and our courses are designed and continually reviewed with input from industry experts.

At your own place and pace

Study online and choose between full-time and part-time options to fit in with work and lifestyle commitments. You could choose to study one subject per session or, in consultation with your course director, complete up to four subjects per session, allowing you to fast-track your degree. Subjects are taught using a range of blended learning techniques, which include online education study materials, video-captured lectures, online meetings, subject forums and additional study resources.

The School of Accounting and Finance

The School of Accounting and Finance designs subjects with input from industry professionals to ensure courses meet the academic requirements for accreditation with key professional bodies including CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, the Financial Planning Association and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners; and to satisfy ASIC core knowledge areas.

The Financial Planning specialisation has been mapped against ASIC's regulatory guide 146 (RG146). If you complete this specialisation, you will also be eligible for advanced standing in the CFP® Certification Program (leading to the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® designation). Completion of the set of subjects forming the basis for the Estate Planning specialisation provides credits to be used toward membership of STEP - the Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Completion of appropriate subjects in the Graduate Diploma provides the necessary skill set to be eligible for RG146 compliance, in accordance with the requirements of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

The Financial Planning specialisation is listed as an approved degree by the Financial Planning Association of Australia. Students completing this specialisation are eligible for entry and advanced standing in the CFP® Certification Program (leading to the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® designation).  For more information see: http://fpa.com.au/education/cfp-certification/approved-courses/

Completion of the set of four (4) subjects which form the basis for the Estate Planning specialisation provides credits to be used toward membership of STEP - the Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners (http://www.step.org/australia).

Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

Residential schools are a great way to practise what you are learning in a hands-on environment, and to meet your lecturers and classmates.

Some online courses include a residential school, where you will attend a CSU campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

The following subjects may have a residential school component:

FIN560 Financial Planning

From the early stages of your degree, you can apply for a range of international programs through CSU Global. You could take a session or two on exchange at one of CSU’s partner institutions across the world, go on a study tour during the holidays, or complete some of your practical placements in an unique location.

Are you after a unique CSU study experience? By participating in a CSU Global international study program you can gain a new perspective on where your degree can take you, and even complete your degree that little bit faster. CSU Global has many options available to fit with your course, interests and study needs.

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Career opportunities

CSU's Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning provides you with many exciting career opportunities. Subject flexibility allows you to tailor your degree to suit your particular personal and career needs. The course is fully articulated to develop advanced analytical and decision-making skills in finance required at senior management levels. Use your advanced financial markets analytical skills to offer consultancy expertise across superannuation and funds management.

CSU's Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning provides you with many exciting career opportunities. Subject flexibility allows you to tailor your degree to suit your particular personal and career needs. The course is fully articulated to develop advanced analytical and decision-making skills in finance required at senior management levels. Use your advanced financial markets analytical skills to offer consultancy expertise across superannuation and funds management.

Credit and pathways

Getting into uni isn’t just about your ATAR; we understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

We understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

If you’ve studied before, you may be able to fast-track your postgraduate degree with Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL). If you’ve completed relevant tertiary study, you could be awarded credit for your postgraduate degree. Get in touch to see if you’re eligible for credit based on your previous qualifications or industry experience.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

No special arrangements apply

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Course offerings

The Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning is only available to study on campus.

The Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning is only available to study online.

You can study the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning online or on campus.

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Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOnlineBathurstFPOSYYYJBPF
DirectOnlineBathurstFPPGYYYOBPF

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

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Campus locations listed for online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOnlineBathurstFPOSYYYJBPF
DirectOnlineBathurstFPPGYYYOBPF

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Emanuela Marcetic - Master of Applied Finance

"I have found the course to be very relevant to industry and it offers a practical component, which is something that industry and employers value. What makes CSU unique is an exceptional online model. I would highly recommend CSU to anyone who is looking to study."

Emanuela Marcetic - Master of Applied Finance

Subjects

For each 8 point subject you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

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The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

Master of Applied Finance


The course consists of twelve (12) subjects, four (4) of which are core subjects. For the general award of Master of Applied Finance the remaining eight (8) subjects are to be taken as follows; six (6) from the restricted elective offering and two (2) from any level five (5) subject offered by CSU. This provides students with the ability to 'tailor' their degree to suit their particular personal and career needs. For specialisations, students select four (4) subjects from a restricted specialisation set of subjects, an additional two (2) subjects should be drawn from the full set of restricted electives and the remaining two (2) subjects from any level five (5) subject offered by CSU.


Core subjects

FIN516 Corporate Finance


FIN530 Financial Markets and Instruments


FIN535 Strategic & Contemporary Financial Issues

ACC585 Financial Statement Analysis & Valuation


Banking Specialisation


FIN521 Corporate Treasury Management


FIN523 Lending in Financial Institutions

FIN525 Financial Institutions Management


LAW523 Finance Law



Financial Planning Specialisation


FIN560 Financial Planning*

and three (3) restricted electives chosen from the following specialisation set:


FIN562 Risk Management and Insurance*


FIN563 Estate Planning *

FIN564 Superannuation and Retirement Planning *


FIN567 Investing in Property


LAW545 Taxation Strategies

( *Suggested subjects for students interested in career as a Financial Planner)


Estate Planning Specialisation


FIN563 Estate Planning


and three (3) restricted electives chosen from the following specialisation set:

ACG507 Accounting and Tax for Estates and Trusts


LAW545 Taxation Strategies


LAW523 Finance Law

FIN564 Superannuation and Retirement Planning


(note for STEP accreditation you must complete all five subjects leaving only 3 elective choices)



Restricted electives

FIN518 International Financial Management


FIN521 Corporate Treasury Management


FIN522 Financial Modelling

FIN523 Lending in Financial Institutions


FIN525 Financial Institutions Management


FIN531 Investment Analysis

FIN560 Financial Planning


FIN562 Risk Management and Insurance


FIN563 Estate Planning

FIN564 Superannuation and Retirement Planning


FIN567 Investing in Property


ECO501 Business Economics

LAW523 Finance Law


LAW545 Taxation Strategies


Up to two (2) level five (5) subjects offered by CSU.


Students may elect to exit from the Masters degree and graduate with the award Graduate Certificate in Finance (GradCertFin) after completion of four (4) subjects as specified for the Graduate Certificate in Finance, or with a Graduate Diploma of Finance after completion of eight (8) subjects as specified for the Graduate Diploma of Finance , or with a Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning after completion of eight (8) subjects as specified for the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning.


Graduate Diploma of Finance


The Graduate Diploma of Finance is an entry point and exit point course within the Master of Applied Finance.

The course consists of eight (8) subjects, three (3) of which are core subjects. For the award of Graduate Diploma of Finance the remaining five (5) subjects are to be taken as follows; a maximum of one (1) subject may be any level five (5) subject offered by CSU and the balance to be elective subjects drawn from the restricted elective list. This provides students with the ability to 'tailor' their degree to suit their particular personal and career needs.


Core subjects


FIN516 Corporate Finance


FIN530 Financial Markets and Instruments

ACC585 Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation


Plus five (5) restricted electives chosen from the following specialisation set:


FIN518 International Financial Management


FIN521 Corporate Treasury Management


FIN522 Financial Modelling

FIN523 Lending in Financial Institutions


FIN525 Financial Institutions Management


FIN531 Investment Analysis

FIN560 Financial Planning


FIN562 Risk Management and Insurance


FIN563 Estate Planning

FIN564 Superannuation and Retirement Planning


FIN567 Investing in Property


ECO501 Business Economics

LAW545 Taxation Strategies


LAW523 Finance Law


One (1) level five (5) subject offered by CSU.


Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning


The Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning is an entry point and exit point course within the Master of Applied Finance.

The course consists of eight (8) subjects, three (3) of which are core subjects. For the award of Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning the remaining five (5) subjects are to be taken from the specialisation and restricted elective subject sets. This provides students with the ability to 'tailor' their degree to suit their particular personal and career needs.


Core subjects


FIN516 Corporate Finance


FIN530 Financial Markets and Instruments

FIN560 Financial Planning


and five (5) restricted electives chosen from the following specialisation set:


FIN562 Risk Management and Insurance*


FIN563 Estate Planning *


FIN564 Superannuation and Retirement Planning *

FIN567 Investing in Property


ACC585 Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation


ECO501 Business Economics

LAW545 Taxation Strategies


(*Suggested subjects for students interested in career as a Financial Planner)



Graduate Certificate in Finance



The course consists of four (4) subjects, two (2) of which are core subjects and the remaining two (2) are taken from a set of restricted subjects.



FIN516 Corporate Finance


FIN530 Financial Markets and Instruments


Plus two (2) restricted electives chosen from the following set of subjects:


FIN518 International Financial Management

FIN521 Corporate Treasury Management


FIN522 Financial Modelling


FIN523 Lending in Financial Institutions

FIN525 Financial Institutions Management


FIN531 Investment Analysis


FIN560 Financial Planning

FIN562 Risk Management and Insurance


FIN563 Estate Planning


FIN564 Superannuation and Retirement Planning

FIN567 Investing in Property


ECO501 Business Economics


LAW523 Finance Law

LAW545 Taxation Strategies

Master of Applied Finance


Session 1

FIN530 Financial Markets and Instruments


Elective 1



Session 2


FIN516 Corporate Finance

Elective 2


Session 3


ACC585 Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation


Elective 3


Session 4

FIN535 Strategic & Contemporary Financial Issues


Elective 4



Session 5


Elective 5

Elective 6


Session 6


Elective 7


Elective 8


Graduate Diploma of Finance


Because of the flexibility of the course requirements, there is no prescribed enrolment pattern. Students may choose the order in which they undertake subjects, depending upon the availability of subjects and the meeting of any pre-requisites. However a typical pattern as a guide to enrolment pattern would be as follows.


Session 1

FIN530 Financial Markets and Instruments


Elective 1



Session 2


FIN516 Corporate Finance

Elective 2


Session 3


ACC585 Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation


Elective 3


Session 4

Elective 4


Elective 5



Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning



Because of the flexibility of the course requirements, there is no prescribed enrolment pattern. Students may choose the order in which they undertake subjects, depending upon the availability of subjects and the meeting of any pre-requisites. However a typical pattern as a guide to enrolment pattern would be as follows.



Session 1


FIN530 Financial Markets and Instruments

Elective 1


Session 2


FIN516 Corporate Finance


Elective 2


Session 3

FIN560 Financial Planning


Elective 3



Session 4


Elective 4

Elective 5


Graduate Certificate in Finance


Because of the flexibility of the course requirements, there is no prescribed enrolment pattern. Students may choose the order in which they undertake subjects, depending upon the availability of subjects and the meeting of any pre-requisites. However a typical pattern as a guide to enrolment pattern would be as follows.


Session 1


FIN530 Financial Markets and Instruments


Elective 1


Session 2

FIN516 Corporate Finance


Elective 2

Graduation requirements

As a CSU student, throughout your course you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 64 points (eight subjects). Subjects must include the three core subjects and at least three from the specialisation elective list and no more than two from the restricted elective list.

Fees and costs

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident find out more about domestic fees. Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP government student loan system.

If you are an international student, find out more about international fees.

Additional course-related expenses you may need to consider.

  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
  • Textbooks (you may be able to purchase these second-hand).
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for any workplace learning, field trips or residential schools.
  • Uniforms (e.g. shirts, polo tops, scrubs or overalls).

Tax deductions: in some instances you may be able to claim a tax deduction for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice to find out if you qualify.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about domestic fees.

Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government student loan system.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

If you are not an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about international fees.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

Already studied with CSU? Our 10 per cent Alumni discount applies to this course.

Online students receive one free textbook per subject.

Support

Finishing high school this year? Taking a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At CSU, we’re with you every step of the way.

We have a wide range of scholarships available to help you with the costs of studying at CSU. There are scholarships based on academic performance or your personal circumstances. Other scholarships and grants cover specific costs like accommodation and textbooks, and some offer funds that you can use in any way to enhance your university experience. Find a scholarship to suit your needs and apply now.

Indigenous students can access the Indigenous Academic Success Program (IASP). This free program is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at CSU. It gives you one-on-one access to tutors to help you with your assessments and prepare you for exams.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with CSU at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

You can also study accounting, business and information technology courses at a CSU Study Centre in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.

Browse through the tabs below for more information or visit our International website to discover more about an Australian university experience like no other.

Please note: if you choose to study online with CSU, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

There are minimum Academic and English Language requirements for admission to CSU courses. These requirements ensure that our students have the best chance for success. Minimum requirements can vary from country to country, so please take some time to review our entry requirements  before starting your application. If you cannot find the requirements for your country please contact us.

At CSU, we understand that you are making a financial investment in your future and we want to make sure that you receive the best value for money for your education. That’s why our students enjoy more affordable course tuition fees than other Australian universities, while still receiving a high standard of education.

Tuition fees are set for the duration of your course and don’t go up each year.

CSU Alumni receive a discount on fee-paying postgraduate courses – so if you study your bachelor’s degree with us, and decide to continue your studies at CSU, you could save 10 per cent off your postgraduate tuition.

Please note: whether you study on campus or online, textbooks and other items that you may be required to purchase during your study are not included in the tuition fees.

More information on tuition and other fees.

More information on fees for on-campus study in Australia.

Aside from course tuition fees, all students who choose to study on campus incur other fees such as accommodation, Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and other living expenses.

If you choose to study online, some subjects may require you to attend compulsory residential schools in Australia. Residential schools are held on campus in Australia for up to five days during certain sessions.

Please check the residential schools tab in the Course highlights section above (or your offer of admission if your application is successful) for more information on which subjects may have a residential school component.

Online courses for international students do not meet the requirement for an Australian Student Visa, therefore you will need to check that you can obtain an appropriate visa for any residential school session. For more information about visas, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection. More information about residential schools can be found on our Future Students Hub.

CSU campuses offer a uniquely Australian living experience. Most of our campuses have accommodation on-site with many of the buildings nestled among gum trees with native wildlife like kangaroos and kookaburras sharing the space. Off-campus accommodation options can also be arranged.

Few universities in Australia can match the range of accommodation available at CSU’s campuses. Campus life offers all the facilities of a small village with community spirit, helping you to meet lots of new friends while living in a safe and secure environment.

Find out more about CSU’s accommodation options.

Whether you choose to study online or on campus, our international support services can make all the difference. From managing visa requirements to study support, and career advice, we’ve got you covered and our friendly staff will help make your university experience one you will never forget.

At CSU, we work with trained international recruitment agents in more than 40 countries to help you find the course and study option that is right for you. Our agents can assist you to apply for study either on campus in Australia or online. Depending on your country of citizenship you may be required to apply to CSU via an agent. Visit our International agents page for more information.

How to apply

Applying to CSU is easy. Choose how you want to apply below, or get in touch with CSU and we can help you with your application.

Universities Admissions Centre
(UAC)

Are you a school leaver wanting to study on campus?

Important dates

30 Sep 2017
UAC on time applications close

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre
(VTAC)

Want to study at Albury-Wodonga Campus and don’t live in NSW or ACT?

Important dates

28 Sep 2017
VTAC on time applications close

10 Oct 2017
VTAC special consideration (SEAS) applications close

16 Jan 2018
VTAC first round offers released

Charles Sturt University
(CSU)

Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

29 Sep 2017
2017 Session 3 Late Application date

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

29 Sep 2017
2017 Session 3 Late Application date

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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