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 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, 2018).
Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from an Aotearoa 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.
You are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
Specific entry 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 the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Financial Management or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
You can apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
The degree consists of 180 points, which is made up of nine compulsory courses (15 points each) and an applied research project (45 points).
The MFM can be studied full-time over 12–15 months, or part-time over a maximum of 4 years. You can start the MFM in January or October.
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.
The applied research project will give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge to practice, gain confidence working in a professional business environment, and 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.
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 | Hīkina Whakatutuki 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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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
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