Master of Financial Planning

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Financial planning at Western

Recent changes to educational requirements means professionals may need to upgrade their qualifications in order to continue to practise as a financial planner.

The Master of Financial Planning from Western’s Postgraduate Business School, SGSM, meets these new Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority Limited (FASEA) requirements. Our degree is also accredited by the FPA and AFA, meaning students will be eligible to apply for membership once graduated.

Offered online, this degree is designed to give you advanced knowledge of financial planning and increase your competencies in financial advice strategy and theory, financial markets and products, risk management, tax law, compliance and ethics.

If you are eligible for our Challenge Assessment, you can gain credit for your existing knowledge and experience within the financial planning industry, allowing you to fast-track your path to the full qualifications you now need.

Western Sydney University also offers qualifications in Financial Planning at the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma level.

Flexibility is everything

We know you’re busy juggling work and life. This degree is studied online, so you have the flexibility you need to do it all.

Industry accreditation

This degree is accredited by the AFA, FPA, FPEC and FASEA and satisfies the tertiary qualifications required to register as a Tax (Financial) Advisor with the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB).

The Challenge Assessment

Due to legislative changes, there are new requirements that mean financial advisers must hold a degree in order to practice within their field. New financial advisers need a degree by 2019, while existing advisers need qualifications by 2024. At Western, we recognise that prior working knowledge and experience can be highly valuable and relevant to further study, so we have created the Challenge Assessment.

This program allows eligible students who have more than two years’ experience the opportunity to undertake two Challenge Assessments with Western. These will help us evaluate your knowledge and potentially fast-track your pathway to an accredited qualification. Please note the Challenge Assessment is only available to candidates that have relevant working experience and knowledge within the Financial Planning field.

The Challenge Assessment is available for the following units: Communication and Ethics in Financial Planning, Principles of Financial Planning, Investment Planning & Superannuation, Estate Planning and Funds Management & Portfolio Selection.

Course structure

Our course structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the units (subjects) you will be studying.

Fees and delivery

Fees: $28,520*

Delivery: Online

Fees: $31,720*

Delivery: Online

Postgraduate Study Information

Looking for a career change? Hoping to gain a new professional qualification that will help take your career further? Or just hoping to expand your horizons? Western’s range of diverse postgraduate degrees provide you with the opportunity to diversify your skillset in a supportive and flexible learning environment that enables you to thrive in your chosen field. 

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"I like to learn and I’m always studying, and this course definitely added to and enhanced my knowledge base."

— Craig Keary, Master of Financial Planning

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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their course based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their course past the normal finish date of the course will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.