Courses & Units

Course rules for 35K Graduate Certificate in Finance


  1. The College of Business and Economics may accept as a candidate for the Graduate Certificate in Finance a person who has:
    1. A completed Australian Bachelor Degree or above, or approved equivalent#, in any discipline

      #approved equivalent from any overseas institution as assessed by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR)

  2. Candidates for the award shall complete the award requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than one semesters of full-time study [or its equivalent] and not more than two calendar years, from the time of first enrolment.

Course Structure

  1. To qualify for the award, the candidate shall pass units totalling 50 credit points from the accompanying Schedule.
  2. The units which may be included in a course for the award shall, unless otherwise approved by the Executive Dean or delegated authority, be in accordance with Schedule of units for the Graduate Certificate in Finance accompanying these specifications.
  3. Units may be counted towards the award only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the College and as summarised in the Schedule of units for the Graduate Certificate in Finance.
  4. A candidate normally may not enrol in any semester in units totalling more than 50 credit points weighting. This applies to all candidates including those in full-time employment during any given year.
  5. Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the award.
  6. In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the Executive Dean or delegated authority.

Credit for Previous Studies

  1. Passes in subjects or units in other honours or postgraduate courses (completed or otherwise) in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the degree, provided that the College may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the award.


  2. The College may from time to time make amendments to the Schedules and to these specifications.
  3. These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2021 and shall apply to all candidates for the award, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently and to any candidates who, having commenced their studies for the Graduate Certificate in Finance prior to that date, have not passed in any units towards the degree by that date.
  4. Should any difficulty arise for a candidate previously enrolled because of any difference between course requirements and units offered under these specifications and those previously in force, the College shall ensure that the candidate is not materially disadvantaged by these specifications.
  5. The approved abbreviation for the award of Graduate Certificate in Finance shall be GCFIN.