The Master of Business Administration (Finance) requires the completion of 54-units of study. It can be completed in 1.5 years of full time study (or the equivalent part time). The course is part of the Graduate Program in Business Administration offered by the College of Business, Government and Law.

This specialisation articulates with the 18-unit Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and the 36-unit Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Finance) specialisation, and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards.

Students who have completed the Graduate Diploma at Flinders University normally receive credit for up to 36 units of topics towards the Masters degree.

Alternatively, students enrolled directly in the Masters program may choose only to meet the requirements for the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma and exit with that qualification.

Admission requirements

Applicants must:

  • hold a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution, with at least 3 years post-degree work experience, and take part in an interview;


  • have completed the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration at Flinders University (having met the current entry requirements of that qualification).

The Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Course aims

The course is designed to provide a strong foundation of business knowledge, skills and attitudes to support ethical, global business management of organisations including private sector business organisations, not-for-profit organisations and public organisations. Through experiential learning techniques students will develop knowledge and skills to conduct independent research, carry out industry and discipline related projects, with an emphasis on the finance industry, and relate their learning to their individual business experience.

Learning outcomes

Graduates of the MBA (Finance) will be able to:

  • Explain the role of and apply economics, accounting, financial management, human resource management and marketing knowledge and skills in decision making and management of organisations.
  • Recognise the potential impact of local and global economic conditions and events, with emphasis on the Asia Pacific region, on the operations and strategic management of organisations.
  • Apply sound financial management techniques and analytical skills to authentic operations and strategic management issues of organisations.
  • Apply contemporary strategic management practices compatible with organisational sustainability, ethical behaviour and effective workforce relations.
  • Describe a range of research methods useful in the conduct of industry and organisation based projects, and discuss their benefits and limitations.
  • Work both individually and in groups to conduct business research and critically evaluate the findings to solve business related problems.
  • Present theoretical concepts and complex ideas in both written and verbal formats appropriate for a range of stakeholder audiences.
  • Relate and apply their knowledge and skills to the finance industry.

International English language pathway

Students who are admitted to the course under the International English language pathway are required to enrol in one or both of the following English tuition topics based on their IELTS’ entrance score.

English tuition topics

BUSN8003 English Language Tuition 1 (0 units)
BUSN8004 English Language Tuition 2 (0 units)

To be eligible to complete the requirements of the course, students must complete the required English tuition topics.

Except with the permission of the Director of Studies, enrolment in the English tuition topics must be undertaken concurrently in the first semester of study with core topics BUSN9226 Accounting for Managers and BUSN9248 Managing People.

Program of study

To qualify for the Master of Business Administration (Finance) specialisation, a student must complete 54 units (12 topics) with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below, unless granted credit for previous study.

Core - Year 1 topics 

Semester 1

 BUSN9115  Quantitative Methods  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9226  Accounting for Managers  (4.5 units)**
 BUSN9230  Economics for Business  (4.5 units)**
 BUSN9236  Leadership: Theory, Practice and Experience  (4.5 units)**

Semester 2

 BUSN9227  Financial Management  (4.5 units)**
 BUSN9228  Strategic Marketing  (4.5 units)**

Plus 9 units of option topics

Core - Year 2 topics

Semester 1

 BUSN9231  Global Business Context: An Asia Pacific Focus  (4.5 units)**
 BUSN9233  Data Analysis for Decision Making  (4.5 units)**
 BUSN9254  Business Research Methods and Project (4.5 units)^
 BUSN9261  Strategic Management (4.5 units)**

Option topics

 BUSN9125A  Industry Project (9 units)*
 BUSN9126  Industry Placement  (4.5 units)*
 BUSN9129  Corporate Finance  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9132  New Venture Finance and Private Equity  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9241  International Business Finance and Banking  (4.5 units)**

* only available as a finance placement and with the permission of the Program Director

** Also available online. BUSN9233 Data Analysis for Decision Making is only available online in Semester 2. However it is available face-to-face in Semester 1

^ Online students take BUSN9260 Strategic Business Project (4.5 units)