Master of Financial Management


Financial management is a significant discipline that is practised by thousands of professionals around the globe and has a major impact on organisational and economic performance.  

The new Master of Financial Management (MFM) at UC equips graduates without an accounting or finance background with specialist knowledge and skills, applicable to managing financial processes and information in today’s fast-paced business world. 

Courses will draw on academic research to provide students with historically and culturally grounded knowledge in accounting and financial management. Students will engage with academics researching financial management and related subjects, and will also have the opportunity to undertake applied research.

The MFM sits within the Executive Development Programmes and is part of a suite of taught master’s degrees that cater for graduates with a background in an unrelated field. UC is ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for Accounting and Finance (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017). 

Entry requirements

Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent.

If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.

Qualification specific requirements

Candidates must have a bachelor's degree with at least a B grade average in 300-level courses, or equivalent, and been approved as a candidate for the degree by the Dean of Business. 

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Financial Management or use the admission requirements checker.

You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

See the 'How to apply' section below for more details.

Qualification structure and duration

The MFM can be studied full-time over 12-15 months or part-time over a maximum of four years. 

You can start the MFM in October and February (from October 2017).

The degree consists of 180 points which is made up of nine compulsory courses (15 points each) and an applied research project (45 points). 

Subjects and courses

The MFM programme contains core courses and a research project as follows:

  • nine compulsory courses from Group A 
  • applied research project from Group B. 

Group A: Compulsory (core) courses

Group B: Applied research project course

See the Regulations for the Master of Financial Management for up-to-date course lists.

Applied learning

The applied research project will give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge to practice, gain confidence working in a professional business environment, demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills. During the project, students will have the opportunity to engage with several local organisations on their financial management practices, as well as make connections in the business community.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Career opportunities

The MFM will provide students with the knowledge and skills required to be a business analyst, investment analyst and cost/management accountant; occupations that are rated by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment as having both high income potential and strong demand for graduates (see Occupation Outlook for Accountants and Financial Advisors).

An MFM can lead to a career in financial management, particularly business and financial analyst roles. 

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Financial Management.

For study planning help contact the Executive Development Programmes team or the College of Business and Law:

College of Business and Law | Te Rāngai Umanga me te Ture
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 3300