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Master of Business (Finance)

Key information

Level of study:
Master's Degree
Tuition fees:
12 months
Start date: 15-November-2021
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Course details


Lincoln University’s Master of Business (Finance) positions you for the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst designation, respected and recognised all over the world.

The Master of Business (Finance) is a comprehensive postgraduate degree and approved within the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) University Affiliation Programme. It expands your opportunities as a finance specialist with the knowledge, analysis techniques and tools required to guide financial decisions at the highest levels in business. Grow your abilities and confidence to shape successful business strategies over complex organisations, and solve finance-related challenges.

How you’ll grow

  • With a programme that incorporates 70 per cent of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK) as well as encompassing the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
  • Study finance and financial strategies from New Zealand and international perspectives.
  • Expand your knowledge of business management, corporate finance, banking, investments, accounting, managerial economics, derivative instruments, small and medium business financials, sustainability, agribusiness, entrepreneurship, innovation and principles of commercialisation.
  • Gain the abilities to analyse and reflect on contemporary business issues, then respond from an informed financial perspective.
  • Lay the foundation for the globally recognised CFA professional financial qualification
  • Experience studying in a world-class trading lab with full access to Bloomberg financial data.

Benefits of the CFA Program

The CFA Institute sets the standard for professional excellence and administers the global gold standard CFA Charter. The CFA Program ensures development of superior skills, standards of competence and integrity for financial analysts, portfolio managers and other investment professionals worldwide. Lincoln University is eligible to receive a limited number of student scholarships for the CFA Program each year.

Career opportunities

This respected postgraduate degree gives you the skills for general management positions that involve analysing and interpreting organisational and financial data. You’ll be ready for management roles in finance and banking, positions requiring management of financial portfolios, co-ordinating accounting functions, or financial planning roles in business, government and non-profit organisations.

Summary of Regulations

Students are required to complete 180 credits of taught courses from the Schedule of Courses for the MBus(Finance) over three semesters (12 months of study).

Programme Structure

This is a taught Master’s programme consisting of 11 courses. No dissertation or thesis is required. You can complete the programme in 12 months if you start in November. Or you can begin study in the February or July intake, take 18 months to complete (allowing for a summer break).

Entry criteria

New Zealand level 7 bachelor’s degree or recognised equivalent with a B average or better

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that your English is good enough to study successfully at university. Lincoln University recognises achievement through a limited number of recognised tests of English Language. Below are the minimum standards for entry to the programme:

  • IELTS academic score of 6.5 overall, with no individual component less than 6.0
  • TOEFL (iBT) overall score of 80 (with at least 21 in writing and 18 in Speaking)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and First (FCE) overall score of 176, with no individual component less than 169
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 58 with no communicative score of less than 50
  • Lincoln University English Language GCAE or LU EL 70%.

Course variations

21-February-2022 - Lincoln University

Lincoln University
Tuition fees:
18 months
Start date: 21-February-2022
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15-November-2021 - Lincoln University

Lincoln University
Tuition fees:
180 credit hours
Start date: 15-November-2021
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