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Master of Finance

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Eighteen months (1.5 years) full-time study; Up to a maximum of five years part-time study.
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

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Entry requirements

Applicants for the Master of Finance will have met the University admission requirements as specified, and have been awarded or qualified for a relevant Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification, with a minimum B- grade average in the highest level courses.

Students must gain admission as being eligible to proceed into this programme.

The Master of Finance is a 180 credit programme, but can be taken as a 120 credit programme after completing a Bachelor of Business Studies (Honours) in Finance or Postgraduate Diploma endorsed in Finance.

To support your application, you will need to provide the following document/s:

  • Verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


All candidates commencing study towards the Master of Finance on or after 1 January 2014 must satisfy the requirements specified in these regulations.

Candidates who commenced study towards the Master of Finance prior to 01 January 2014 and who have not yet completed under earlier regulations may be required to transfer to the current regulations as transition regulations have now expired.

In all cases candidates must complete the qualification within the timeframes for completion as specified in the Completion Requirements.

Planning your programme

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please check the regulations. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search.

Master of Finance structure

Candidates for the Master of Finance shall follow a parts-based course of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 180 credits comprising:
(a) completion of Part One and Part Two as defined by the Schedule to the Degree (see regulations button for course details);
(b) courses selected from the schedule to the degree;
and including:
(c) any Compulsory Courses listed in the Schedule to the Degree.

The course of study for a candidate who has been awarded the Degree of Bachelor of Business Studies with Honours, or the equivalent degree of another recognised university, shall consist of courses totalling at least 120 credits from the Master of Finance qualification schedule including Part Two as defined by the schedule to the degree.

Master of Finance regulations are to be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates.

Student Progression

For progression from Part One to Part Two, candidates must have achieved a grade of at least a  B- in each course undertaken in the first 60 credits of Part One , including the compulsory courses.

In cases of sufficient merit, a Master of Finance may be awarded with Distinction or Merit. Please note that different time limits to the maximums listed above are required in order to be eligible for an award.

Completion Requirements

The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates will apply.

Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes. Candidates who do not meet the requirements for progression from Part One to Part Two, or who do not meet the requirements for graduation may, subject to the approval of Academic Board, be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Business or the Postgraduate Certificate in Business should they meet the relevant qualification requirements.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates


Schedule for the Degree of Master of Finance

Part One

125.785 Research Methods in Economics and Finance (30 credits)
125.732 Advanced Corporate Finance (30 credits)
125.740 Advanced Investment Analysis (30 credits)
125.781 Advanced Financial Risk Management (30 credits)

Part Two

60 credits from:
125.850 Research Report Part I (30 credits)
125.851 Research Report Part II (30 credits)
125.892 Research Report (60 credits)

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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