Master of Business Administration (Finance)

Course Information

View entry requirements, career options and what’s available to you, through our extensive student support network below.

Entry requirements

  • Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline; OR
  • Completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in a similar discipline; OR
  • Applicants without an undergraduate qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate (in the same discipline) based on approved work experience. Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate, graduates will be eligible for admission to this course with credit granted for completed units.

Advanced Standing

You may be eligible to enter into the masters with credit for past skills and/or study, known as advanced standing.
 
If you've already completed any of the units in the course in which you are enrolling, or their equivalent, you may be eligible for advanced standing. Learn more about Advanced Standing here.

Career options

Step up to a middle or senior financial management role with an online MBA (Finance). Our graduates have undertaken diverse and rewarding career paths both locally and overseas.


Typical job titles

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Head of Finance
  • Director of Business Development
  • Senior Managing Consultant
  • Strategic Planning Manager
  • Financial Manager
  • Financial Director

Student support

VU Online provides you with the support you need, when you need it, throughout the course. With four layers of student support, our goal is to ensure you succeed in your studies.

Our highly experienced academics understand how to deliver a quality online learning experience and are highly responsive and accessible.

You will also have access to a dedicated Student Success Advisor, who provides motivation and one-on-one personalised assistance with non-academic matters for the duration of the course. You will experience the support of a community through chat, virtual seminars and discussion board activity. Your support network is only a phone call or email away.

Fees and FEE-Help

An MBA (Finance) from VU Online costs $3,500 per unit*, taking the total for 12 units to $42,000*.

This depends on the number of units you study and whether you are eligible for Advanced Standing, which is assessed after you submit your application.

Note that you may be eligible for the Australian Government’s loan scheme, FEE-HELP. The loans are available to assist eligible full-fee paying students with the cost of a university program. It can be used for all or part of the tuition. To determine your eligibility, visit the FEE-HELP website.

*2022 student fees are shown and are subject to change.

For more information on fees and student support, download a brochure.

How online study works

Studying with VU Online means that you can undertake postgraduate study without having to attend on-campus classes. This makes it easy to fit study around existing commitments including work and family. You will be able to access your coursework, resources, assignment details and individual feedback from facilitators, all from your online learning environment, VU Collaborate.

Chat with fellow students, compare research notes and collaborate on group tasks – it’s all possible with our seamless, community-focused platform.

With VU Online, you will study just one unit at a time under our award-winning Block Model. Learn about our postgraduate online Block Model with this YouTube video.

With VU Online, you can rest assured you will find support from our responsive academics and facilitators, as well as your dedicated Student Success Advisor throughout your study.

How to apply

VU online has simplified the application process, involving just three key steps.

  1. Speak to one of our Student Enrolment Advisors, who will help you determine your eligibility for the program and whether it suits your career goals. Our advisor will keep you informed of all the application requirements and what to expect during the process. They can also suggest flexible study plans for your circumstances.
  2. Begin your online application and submit the required documentation. This may include a copy of your CV and academic transcript.
  3. Upon completing your application, you will receive a confirmation email or an email letting you know if you need to provide any additional information.

Learn about our postgraduate online Block Model and how it can empower you to create your own success story.

What you'll study

VU Online’s MBA (Finance) includes four specialist Finance units and eight core business units, equipping you with the skills for current and future financial management and leadership roles. You will also complete a practical, multi-faceted capstone project. Each unit of study lasts for seven weeks.

Financial Analysis (BAO5734)

Understand the effective and efficient use of financial statement information for business analysis. This unit enables you to identify and evaluate key framework components and apply them to a variety of complex decision-making contexts including security analysis, credit analysis, corporate financing policies analysis, merger and acquisition analysis, and management communications analysis.

View unit page

Accounting and Financial Management (BAO6000)

Learn how to assess information and business support systems to monitor issues, problems and opportunities affecting businesses. This unit enables you to evaluate accounting information, analyse financial reports to inform users of business performance and position, and verify and synthesise information required for short- and long-term decision-making, and articulate and devise problem-solving techniques for making informed management decisions.

View unit page

Corporate Finance (BAO7000)

Learn and develop the necessary skills for making value-changing financial decisions to maximise an organisation’s value. Learn to demonstrate, analyse and apply knowledge of finance theories, practices and markets when making decisions. Critically analyse and solve problems related to the decisions of the corporate manager and gain a clear understanding of the theories underlying the operation of financial markets and relevant asset pricing models for strategic corporate transactions.

View unit page

Advanced Finance (BAO7001)

Gain a clear understanding of research methodologies and data sets commonly used when researching corporate finance. Be able to critically evaluate issues that arise when raising debt finance and leasing arrangements. Justify financial decision-making through demonstration of the correct use of analytical tools and frameworks, and be able to argue how an organisation can employ different risk management instruments to hedge against financial risks.

View unit page

Business Consulting (BMO7005)

This unit focuses on the key knowledge and skills required for successful business consulting. It will synthesise and leverage the competencies you have acquired in your earlier studies, which encompass accounting and finance, marketing, human resources and organisational change management, strategy and data analysis. The unit aims to develop capabilities which will allow you to pursue a career in consulting, or act as an effective internal consultant within an organisation. You will apply knowledge and skills acquired in the previous units of the course to effectively design, research and manage a business consulting project, deliver solutions and present practical recommendations to meet the needs of a real-world client, in an ethical manner. You will be involved in authentic engagement with a client and receive industry feedback, or draw on an industry case study, to address a complex business challenge. You will enhance your research and interpersonal skills, including problem-solving, collaboration, communication, customer-orientation and influencing.

View unit page

Strategic Human Resource Management (BMO5572)

This unit critically examines the extent to which human resource management is strategic to organizational success in a global context. Alternative models of business strategy and the integration of human resource management are considered.
There will be a focus on strategic international human resource management and the issues facing organizations that operate in the international environment.

View unit page

Managing Innovation and Entrepreneurship (BMO6622)

This unit investigates theoretical concepts of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship and the skills and competencies to apply this knowledge effectively to diagnoses the need for, identify and leverage an opportunity and create solutions to contemporary business or societal challenges both locally and globally.
Contemporary scenarios and examples are given to enable students to apply developing knowledge to create an entrepreneurial venture that generates economic, social or environmental benefit and which is sustainable.

View unit page

Marketing Management (BMO6505)

This unit aims to critically review the major decisions faced by marketing decision makers in their efforts to harmonize the organization's objectives, capabilities, and resources with marketplace needs and opportunities.
This unit allows students to evaluate contemporary practices of marketing: the creation of value for customers and firms and the strategies and methods marketers use to successfully operate in today's dynamic environment.

View unit page

Business Ethics and Sustainability (BMO5501)

This unit critically reviews the socio-cultural environment in which business operates.
Ethical frameworks for decision making will be critiqued and students will construct the debates surrounding contemporary corporate responsibility and sustainable development as they impact on organisations in their local and global contexts.

View unit page

Strategic Management and Business Policy (BMO6511)

Strategic Management examines the decisions, actions and processes undertaken by firms for success, growth and change in a business environment.
This unit of study will explore the principal elements in external and internal environments which impact on organisations and consider how current theoretical frameworks and the interdisciplinary and professional knowledge base respond to complex issues.

View unit page

Art and Practice of Leadership (BMO6050)

The unit examines the contextual challenges facing leaders, seeking to develop a deep personal understanding of leadership as a complex process of scanning the environment and setting the direction, and achieving organisational goals through influencing people both inside and outside the organisation.
The dynamics of interpersonal power are investigated, with particular attention given to the leader as a social architect, implicit in the concepts of transformational and (values-based) authentic leadership.

View unit page

Supply and Demand Strategy for Pricing (BEO7001)

Understanding customer demand is essential to business success, and supply and demand modelling is a cornerstone of economics and business modelling. Determining viable pricing is fundamental to pricing and production decisions. Supply and demand modelling also informs, and is informed by, the decisions of rivals.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To apply for the Master of Business Administration (Finance), you are required to have:

  • Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline; OR
  • Completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in a similar discipline; OR
  • Applicants without an undergraduate qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate (in the same discipline) based on approved work experience. Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate, graduates will be eligible for admission to this course with credit granted for completed units.

Advanced Standing

You may be eligible to enter into the Master of Business Administration (Finance) with credit for past skills and/or study, known as advanced standing.
 
If you've already completed any of the units in the course in which you are enrolling, or their equivalent, you may be eligible for advanced standing. Learn more about Advanced Standing here.

Units of study

Units of study

VU Online’s MBA (Finance) includes four specialist Finance units and eight core business units, equipping you with the skills for current and future financial management and leadership roles. You will also complete a practical, multi-faceted capstone project. Each unit of study lasts for seven weeks.

For more information about the units of study, download a brochure.

Financial Analysis (BAO5734)

Understand the effective and efficient use of financial statement information for business analysis. This unit enables you to identify and evaluate key framework components and apply them to a variety of complex decision-making contexts including security analysis, credit analysis, corporate financing policies analysis, merger and acquisition analysis, and management communications analysis.
View unit page

Accounting and Financial Management (BAO6000)

Learn how to assess information and business support systems to monitor issues, problems and opportunities affecting businesses. This unit enables you to evaluate accounting information, analyse financial reports to inform users of business performance and position, and verify and synthesise information required for short- and long-term decision-making, and articulate and devise problem-solving techniques for making informed management decisions.
View unit page

Corporate Finance (BAO7000)

Learn and develop the necessary skills for making value-changing financial decisions to maximise an organisation’s value. Learn to demonstrate, analyse and apply knowledge of finance theories, practices and markets when making decisions. Critically analyse and solve problems related to the decisions of the corporate manager and gain a clear understanding of the theories underlying the operation of financial markets and relevant asset pricing models for strategic corporate transactions.
View unit page

Advanced Finance (BAO7001)

Gain a clear understanding of research methodologies and data sets commonly used when researching corporate finance. Be able to critically evaluate issues that arise when raising debt finance and leasing arrangements. Justify financial decision-making through demonstration of the correct use of analytical tools and frameworks, and be able to argue how an organisation can employ different risk management instruments to hedge against financial risks.
View unit page

Business Consulting (BMO7005)

This unit focuses on the key knowledge and skills required for successful business consulting. It will synthesise and leverage the competencies you have acquired in your earlier studies, which encompass accounting and finance, marketing, human resources and organisational change management, strategy and data analysis. The unit aims to develop capabilities which will allow you to pursue a career in consulting, or act as an effective internal consultant within an organisation. You will apply knowledge and skills acquired in the previous units of the course to effectively design, research and manage a business consulting project, deliver solutions and present practical recommendations to meet the needs of a real-world client, in an ethical manner. You will be involved in authentic engagement with a client and receive industry feedback, or draw on an industry case study, to address a complex business challenge. You will enhance your research and interpersonal skills, including problem-solving, collaboration, communication, customer-orientation and influencing.
View unit page

Strategic Human Resource Management (BMO5572)

This unit critically examines the extent to which human resource management is strategic to organizational success in a global context. Alternative models of business strategy and the integration of human resource management are considered.
There will be a focus on strategic international human resource management and the issues facing organizations that operate in the international environment.
View unit page

Managing Innovation and Entrepreneurship (BMO6622)

This unit investigates theoretical concepts of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship and the skills and competencies to apply this knowledge effectively to diagnoses the need for, identify and leverage an opportunity and create solutions to contemporary business or societal challenges both locally and globally.
Contemporary scenarios and examples are given to enable students to apply developing knowledge to create an entrepreneurial venture that generates economic, social or environmental benefit and which is sustainable.
View unit page

Marketing Management (BMO6505)

This unit aims to critically review the major decisions faced by marketing decision makers in their efforts to harmonize the organization's objectives, capabilities, and resources with marketplace needs and opportunities.
This unit allows students to evaluate contemporary practices of marketing: the creation of value for customers and firms and the strategies and methods marketers use to successfully operate in today's dynamic environment.
View unit page

Business Ethics and Sustainability (BMO5501)

This unit critically reviews the socio-cultural environment in which business operates.
Ethical frameworks for decision making will be critiqued and students will construct the debates surrounding contemporary corporate responsibility and sustainable development as they impact on organisations in their local and global contexts.
View unit page

Strategic Management and Business Policy (BMO6511)

Strategic Management examines the decisions, actions and processes undertaken by firms for success, growth and change in a business environment.
This unit of study will explore the principal elements in external and internal environments which impact on organisations and consider how current theoretical frameworks and the interdisciplinary and professional knowledge base respond to complex issues.
View unit page

Art and Practice of Leadership (BMO6050)

The unit examines the contextual challenges facing leaders, seeking to develop a deep personal understanding of leadership as a complex process of scanning the environment and setting the direction, and achieving organisational goals through influencing people both inside and outside the organisation.
The dynamics of interpersonal power are investigated, with particular attention given to the leader as a social architect, implicit in the concepts of transformational and (values-based) authentic leadership.
View unit page

Business Analytics and Visualisation (BCO7000)

Business analytics and visualisation focuses on uncovering business insights hidden in massive datasets using statistical models and algorithms. Visualisation is the vital component of analysing data and communicating insights to stakeholders. The unit equips students with foundational knowledge in business analytics and visualisation to be able to analyse business data, convert insights into business decisions and communicate results to stakeholders.
View unit page

Career options

Career options

Step up to a middle or senior financial management role with an online MBA (Finance). Our graduates have undertaken diverse and rewarding career paths both locally and overseas.

Typical job titles

  • Chief Executive Officer 
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Head of Finance
  • Director of Business Development
  • Senior Managing Consultant
  • Strategic Planning Manager
  • Financial Manager
  • Financial Director

 

Student support

Student support

VU Online provides you with the support you need, when you need it, throughout the course. With four layers of student support, our goal is to ensure you succeed in your studies.

Our highly experienced academics understand how to deliver a quality online learning experience and are highly responsive and accessible.

You will also have access to a dedicated Student Success Advisor, who provides motivation and one-on-one personalised assistance with non-academic matters for the duration of the course. You will experience the support of a community through chat, virtual seminars and discussion board activity. Your support network is only a phone call or email away.

Frequently asked questions

Will the Finance specialty be reflected on my testamur?

Yes, upon graduation your testamur will specify that you have gained your Master of Business Administration (Finance).

Can I study MBA Finance without any finance qualifications or experience at VU Online?

It is recommended that you have some experience in the field of finance before you begin your MBA (Finance) but it is not essential. However, if you do not have prior finance experience, it is essential that you do have managerial or leadership experience. If you would like to know more, please reach out to one of our Student Enrolment Advisors.

Will I gain the Graduate Certificate in Finance in addition to my MBA?

Yes, after completing the four specialised finance units, you will gain a certificate of completion for the Graduate Certificate in Finance.

When do I choose my specialisation in Finance?

First, you must apply for your Master of Business Administration. Once you have received an offer, you can choose the specialisation in Finance during the enrolment process.

Do I need to sit exams when I study the MBA (Finance)?

No, Our online postgraduate degrees do not include exams. You’ll focus on experiential learning through case studies, self-determined assessments and unit content that is highly relevant to your future role.

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