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Graduate Certificate in Finance (GradCert(Fin))

This course is available


Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


4 months

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Tauranga Campus


Finance is about achieving the best return on your money relative to risk, and helping organisations to add value for their clients and shareholders. This short course will develop your skills in financial analysis, and could lead to a career in banking, corporate finance, investments, or financial planning.

Do you get excited about watching financial investments grow over time? If you enjoy mathematics and using analytical tools to find the meaning behind numbers, than a career in finance may be right for you.

In this subject, you'll learn about banking and credit, corporate finance, the share, bond and commodity markets, investments and portfolio selection, personal financial planning, and the governance of public and private organisations.

Practical assignments will prepare you for what you'll encounter in the real world. For example, students may work on a funds simulation project, and prepare a report on a publicly listed New Zealand or Australian company, while playing the role of a trainee investment analyst.

At the Hamilton campus, you will have access to our brand-new Finance Trading Room, which opened in 2020. This high-tech simulation software allows students to experience the thrill of buying and selling shares/bonds/commodities, using real-time prices from global financial markets.

If you already have a bachelor's degree, you may like to consider our one-year Master of Applied Finance, which is ideal for students who have never majored in finance before.

You'll study at our internationally recognised Waikato Management School, which is in the top 1% of business schools globally with Triple Crown Accreditation from AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.

Students will take four papers in total (60 points), worth 15 points each. This includes one introductory paper (15 points) at either 100 or 200-level; and three advanced papers (45 points) at 300-level.

You have the option to include one elective paper at 300-level in any subject.

Papers offered differ by location (Hamilton, Tauranga)

Entry criteria

To enrol for the Graduate Certificate in Finance, applicants must have:

  • completed a bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification; OR
  • be able to demonstrate they have adequate training, experience, and ability to proceed with the programme.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements may still be considered for special admission, subject to completing some additional qualifying papers.

Admission to each paper is at the discretion of the subject convenor.

You also need to meet an English language entry requirement as follows: IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 overall (no band less than 6.0); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 90 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - Overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50; University of Waikato College - Successful completion of Level 8 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in English Language (CAEL) programme.

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