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AGSM MBA (Finance)

The MBA (Finance) is offered as part of the MBAX program. MBAX offers the ability to specialise within your MBA, whilst studying online.

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Why choose this degree?

  • Study online or face-to-face with Australia's leading business school
  • Gain the knowledge and skills needed for leadership roles where business and finance combine
  • Cover topics not addressed in conventional business programs
  • Choose from a range of courses (see structure tab) to tailor your MBA (Finance) to suit your career and passion
  • Be part of a cohort of talented managers and experienced professionals, and develop a valuable and influential global network

Who is this degree for?

  • Experienced managers and professionals working in a broad range of industries
  • Those interested in expanding their career choices with in depth business and finance expertise
  • Motivated people able to complete a challenging academic postgraduate program while working, and willing to apply new skills straight away in their workplace

Job and career prospects

  • Business Administration Managers
  • Chief Executive or Managing Director
  • Information and Organisation Professionals
  • Management and Organisation Analysts
  • Management Consultant
  • Managers
  • Professionals

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The AGSM MBA (Finance) is a part-time program and can be completed in anywhere between 2 to 6 years.

Mandatory commencing course

MBAX9131 Leadership

This course is a comprehensive introduction to the topic of leadership. It aims to help students to build the confidence, knowledge and skills to engage in effective leadership in a broad range of contexts. It also provides guidance on self-leadership and actively managing the process of growing as a leader.

Pre-requisites to all Finance specialisation courses

MBAX9120 Accounting and Financial Management

Accounting - A User Perspective is designed for those who use accounting information, rather than those whose task it is to prepare it. The focus is on the understanding and use of accounting information as well as the composition and meaning of the financial statements. The course covers accounting reports prepared for external users as well as accounting reports used by managers to plan, control and make decisions.

MBAX9123 Corporate Finance

This course stresses the fundamentals of corporate financial decision making with special reference to investment, financing and dividend distribution. The course develops distinct conceptual frameworks and specialised tools for solving real-world financial problems at both the personal and corporate level. Examples include funds management, mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings, portfolio selection of financial securities, public floats and the pricing of assets in the stock market. Illustrations from real-life corporate practices are used to highlight the importance and relevance of financial management to the realisation of personal and corporate financial objectives.

Core courses – choose three

MBAX9114 Marketing Management

Marketing Management is a course designed to introduce fundamental marketing concepts, theories and analytical tools to managers working in today's highly competitive and complex business environment. The course places particular emphasis on the management of profitable exchange processes in the context of modern organisations and covers a diverse range of marketing topics including marketing strategy and planning, the marketing environment and how to monitor it, consumer and organisational behaviour, marketing research, market segmentation and development of target markets, new product development, pricing, distribution, promotion and international marketing. Participants are required to tackle real life marketing problems and demonstrate their ability to apply classroom knowledge to their own work situations.

MBAX9122 Economics in Management Practice

An understanding of economics is essential for the long-term viability of business. The economic environment in which business operates will have a vital bearing on day-to-day decisions. Economics in Management Practice lays the foundations for such knowledge. It provides a basic introduction to those economic principles that are important for business, as well as providing general economic literacy to enable participants to read and understand economic reports and to be able to communicate with and understand business people, economists and policy makers.

MBAX9125 Managing People & Organisations

Fundamentals of People Management examines the different ways in which organisations approach the management of their employees. We explore the behaviour of people at work, and the impact this has on others and on the organisation itself. We consider the relationship between people management and the organisation's strategy and locate the management of 'people at work' within various theoretical, philosophical, historical and regulatory contexts.

MBAX9135 Business Analytics

This is a core course in Business Analytics, which enables organizations to make quicker, better, and more intelligent decisions to create business value in the broadest sense. This course addresses the context of business analytics and the management actions required for organizations to manage business analytics such that they can create value from their data and make progress on the transformational journey to becoming data-driven. Emphasis will be placed on the managing and sourcing data, the analytic process and the role of leadership in supporting the organizational and cultural change associated with the transformation to becoming a data-driven organization.

As part of the business analytics process you will build predictive models. This requires a basic understanding of statistics and you will therefore be required to study the material on basic statistics provided by Harvard online training. IBM’s Watson Analytics will be used to build predictive models and communicate analytic insights.

MBAX9143 Strategic Management

Strategic Management will help you to apply knowledge in understanding how the managers of modern, technology-rich, sustainable organisations look to generate, communicate and fulfil a strategic vision and deliver outcomes that fulfil the purpose for which the organisations were created.

The course is designed to help you reflect on the role of strategic management and draw on concepts, issues and principles highlighted in your earlier courses in this degree program. As a result, you will understand how integrating and effectively managing the diverse range of technology, specialised and business management disciplines empowers you to be more effective in achieving your organisation's strategic goals in a rapidly changing technological organisational environment.

MBAX9151 Law, Regulation & Ethics

Corporations and the individuals who work in them need to ensure that they operate lawfully and in a manner that meets stakeholder expectations and broader community standards of acceptable behaviour. This is true across business entities, not-for-profits and in the business of government. It requires managers to understand and be accountable for compliance with a complex array of legal and non-legal rules and expectations, derived from different sources. The reputational risk which flows from decisions influenced by personal, professional and institutional ethics can be amplified enormously by social media. This course is designed to equip students with the analytical tools to identify and manage the governance, compliance and risk management issues that arise from law, regulation and ethics in the context of businesses’ relationship with society.

Finance specialisation courses – choose five

Please note all Finance specialisations have pre-requisites of core Accounting and Corporate Finance.

MBAX9137 Advanced Finance

This course focuses on advanced financial decisions of corporate managers. First, the course expands on the traditional project evaluation criteria by introducing real options and valuation techniques in the presence of uncertainty. Second, it discusses the use of debt and equity as financing instruments and how to assess leases. Third, it explains how to hedge a company’s cash flows and balance sheet from both domestic and international exposures. The course uses case studies to illustrate the application of theoretical concepts to real-life.

Course outline available soon

MBAX9138 Financial Analysis

In this course, financial-statement information is discussed as a tool in a wide range of business decisions. We will discuss financial statements from a user’s perspective, and use a variety of tools to break apart financial reports into meaningful units for analysis, forecast financial statements, and value a firm’s shares. We will also look at the role of managerial incentives and accounting rules in assessing the quality of financial statements.

Course outline available soon

MBAX9139 Entrepreneurial Finance

This course seeks to understand what venture capital is, what venture capitalists do and the way venture capital organisations work. This course is primarily geared towards students interested in working in venture capital, or other private-equity organizations. It is also intended for students who expect to work alongside venture capitalists or other private equity investors, whether as managers of firms financed by such investors, as investment bankers taking their firms public, or as money managers investing in these funds. Finally, it is designed for students interested in exploring how aspects of private equity investing can be transferred to the management of projects in established organizations.

Course outline available soon

MBAX9140 Global Finance

The course will provide information and analysis on the latest development in the world of finance and its implications for business strategies. Live financial data and other information from various financial institutions are provided to teach a number of issues that influence global finance and the way multinational companies build their global business networks, their activities and strategies. The Course also brings a fresh perspective from eminent scholars from various leading business schools and financial organizations.

Course outline available soon

MBAX9141 Mergers and Acquisitions

The objective of this course is to introduce students to Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and the requisite knowledge for the development and execution of corporate transactions particularly within equity capital markets. The course will address transactions such as Takeovers, Acquisitions, Divestments, Initial Public Offerings and Secondary Raisings. Students will utilise common corporate finance tools and knowledge as applied within the context of considering, developing and executing M&A transactions. There will be an emphasis on practical applications of corporate finance skills and knowledge and negotiation within the context of M&A through a mixture of case studies, group exercises and class discussion.

MBAX9142 Financial Modelling

New course - information coming in 2018

Capstone (required)

MBAX9155 Strategic Consulting Project

This course provides you with the opportunity to develop and practise your problem-solving skills by integrating your knowledge, skills, experience and various tools you have acquired during your MBAX studies. By investigating a particular strategic issue in an organisation, working as a team on the client issue, identifying solutions for that issue, and presenting practical recommendations to the client, you will acquire the skills and practical experience to become effective leaders and innovators.

The AGSM MBAX program is highly competitive for entry. You will need to show excellence in your application as well as meeting the following entry requirements.

To apply for the AGSM MBAX you will need either:

  • A recognised undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification), and a minimum of 2 years professional or managerial work experience, or

  • At least 6 years professional work experience*

All applicants must meet the University's English requirements regardless of nationality or residency.

Please refer to the UNSW English Requirements Policy for further information.

* If you are applying based on work experience, please ensure your referee reports clearly cover at least 5 out of the last 7 years (sometimes multiple referee reports are necessary to cover 5 years).

Please note: An English waiver based on work experience and residency only applies to the following countries:

American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Canada, Fiji, Gibraltar, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, The Gambia, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland), United States of America, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

You can apply to the AGSM MBA (Finance) program online. Applications are assessed on a session by session basis.

Classes startClasses finish
Term 1 2021
14 September 2020
29 January 2021
15 February 2021
9 May 2021
Term 2 2021
15 February 2021
12 April 2021
31 May 2021
22 August 2021
Term 3 2021
31 May 2021
26 July 2021
13 September 2021
5 December 2021

Documentation checklist

Before applying you will need to gather the following supporting documentation:

Please see the AGSM MBA (Executive), MBAX and Graduate Certificate Admissions Policy (pdf) for more details on supporting documents and the application process.

** Those applying based on work experience must cover at least the last 5 years of experience. Those with an undergraduate degree must arrange two referee reports however, they do not need to cover the last 5 years.

Apply online

Please refer to the application process for further details on how to apply.

The AGSM MBA Admissions Selection Committee will review your application. We will advise you of the outcome by email within three weeks of your complete application.

There is a non-refundable online application fee of AUD$125 for International applicants.

Connecting with your peers

UCo. is AGSM's Campus in the Cloud, a social platform that elevates your connections, community and career. A private network that connects students, staff and faculty, you have access over the duration of your study to a thriving network that is designed to support, inform and engage you in real time. Through course delivery, extra-curricular opportunities & events and access to student support services, it is your one-stop-shop whilst studying at the AGSM.

Online classes

The MBA (Finance) can be studied entirely online from anywhere in the world including exams and assignments. Its asynchronous format enables contributions to online discussions at a time of personal choice. Your class facilitator will lead and guide interaction and participation in the online classroom environment.

Face-to-face classes

MBA (Finance) core courses will be available face-to-face at a UNSW campus, with course selection alternating each session. Both class delivery options are based on the same course material content, and students who undertake face-to-face classes can access their course materials online.

Class size

Class sizes are typically 25 to 28 students and a class facilitator. Group discussion, either on-line or face-to-face, ensures a sharing of knowledge with fellow students of diverse backgrounds and experience and contact with program staff.

Study load

The MBAX will require a minimum of 10-12 hours of study per week, per course.

Course materials

MBA (Finance) course materials are available online as pdf's and can be downloaded to any device.

For those who prefer a hardcopy, the printed course materials may be purchased from the UNSW Bookshop at cost price plus delivery

Other materials

Many courses also have prescribed textbooks at no extra cost; our AGSM Experience Team will send you a link to the online copy prior to course commencement. All participants have access to the vast online resources of the UNSW library, and borrowing rights at your local academic library can usually be arranged.

Career Services

The AGSM Career Development Centre is a team dedicated to assisting AGSM students from the MBA (Full-time), EMBA, and MBAX Programs to fulfil their career goals through the provision of support, guidance and useful resources such as career coaching, industry insights, and career events.

International Exchange

Gain an international perspective and develop a well-rounded educational experience through AGSM International Exchange Opportunities. Our partnerships with elite institutions around the world open doors to study part of your degree on exchange at other top business schools in Asia, Canada, Europe, United Kingdom, the USA and South America.

The International Business Experience (IBE)

Our innovative International Business Experience program is a field-based study course, building the practical skills and knowledge to navigate the challenges associated with managing enterprises in different economic regions while simultaneously applying your learning from other MBA courses. This course involves a study tour of a particular region, with recent tours including visits to Latin America, Asia and Silicon Valley.

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Quick facts for students

Program code
MBA (Specialised)
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
Study Mode
Face to face
2-6 years part-time
Commencing terms
Term 1 – February
Term 2 – June
Term 3 – September
Course fee*
Program fee (total)*
* Fees are indicative only

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