Degree details

Ideal for those who are new to finance, are career changers or who want to advance their knowledge in the field, the Graduate Certificate in Finance provides the technical competencies and analytical skills to apply financial theory and quantitative techniques within various financial scenarios. This will provide a solid foundation in finance to prepare students for more advanced study based on the CFA Institute Univeristy Recognition Body of Knowledge (our Master's degree) and/or to take on new challenges in the increasingly globalised and competitive financial sector. For those new to the industry who hold no prior experience, this will provide a solid starting foundation for a career in finance. This degree can also gain credit into the Master of Finance.

The Graduate Certificate in Finance is designed for three purposes:

  • To provide fundamental knowledge and skills in finance for non-finance professionals. This may enhance opportunities with current employers, for example, managerial roles require good comprehension of basic financial concepts.
  • To provide a taste of what finance is like for people seeking a career change.
  • To build foundation knowledge for future more advanced studies in finance at a Masters level. Career options may include entry level jobs in financial services such as banking, funds management and financial advice.

Higher education

Hold any Bachelor degree (or higher) from a recognised University (or another tertiary education institution of equivalent standing) with a minimum GPA of 4.0 (using a 7.0 scale)
have a minimum of five years equivalent full-time professional work experience in a relevant field
have a combination of alternative admission criteria such as formal, informal and non-formal learning deemed to be equivalent to either of the above.

English Proficiency Requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English.

On campus requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Finance is available 100% online in accelerated learning mode. This degree offers social platforms and virtual rooms for your connection with a vibrant virtual community of like-minded professionals. You can fast-track your study by focusing on one subject at a time and still graduate in up to two years. You can start virtually whenever you are ready with six intakes each year.

Griffith University grants credit and recognition of prior learning which may relate to prior formal learning or prior informal and non-formal learning. For more information, please visit the following website:

Credit transfer

Recommended Study Pattern

4 teaching periods part-time.

Award Requirements

To be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate in Finance (GCertFin), a student must acquire 40 credit points for the prescribed courses.