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Master of Business (Finance)

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Master's Degree


1.5 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


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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.

Programme delivery

The Master of Business (Finance) is primarily taught through face-to-face classes on campus. However, to complement these classes, you will also have access to:

  • A mix of classroom activities and live tutorials via Zoom, where you can interact with your lecturers and peers in real time
  • Recorded lectures
  • Online forums where you can ask questions and participate in online discussions with other students outside normal lecture times.
  • It is also possible to complete this programme online via distance learning.

Distance Learning

This allows you to study from anywhere in the world, while benefiting from the skills and experience of our expert lecturers, interacting with the other students in your programme, and accessing assistance when you need it. Distance delivery allows offshore students to join online streaming or watch recordings later.

Entry criteria

A New Zealand level 7 bachelor’s degree or recognised equivalent with a B average or better in the 300 level and final year (full-time equivalent) courses

English Language Requirements

  • 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%.
  • NZ Certificates in English Language (NZCEL) - Level 5 (Academic or Professional Endorsement)

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