Master of Business (Finance)

  • Upcoming start dates

    November Summer School - 13 Nov 2023

    Semester 1 - 19 Feb 2024

    Semester 2 - 15 Jul 2024

  • Qualification

    Taught Master's

  • Duration

    1.5 years full-time

  • Credits


  • Location

    Lincoln University Campus

Lincoln University’s Master of Business (Finance) positions you for the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, respected and recognised all over the world.


Study for free

If you're a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, you may be able to study this programme for free. Terms and conditions apply. Learn more here

About this programme

The Master of Business (Finance) is a comprehensive postgraduate degree and approved within the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) University Affiliation Program.

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. 

Programme information

Programme Structure

This is a taught Master’s programme consisting of 11 courses. No dissertation or thesis is required.  You can complete the programme in 12 months if you start in November. Or you can begin study in the February or July intake, take 18 months to complete (allowing for a summer break).

Please note: COMM 606 Strategic Business Analysis will be taught in a five-week module and is the final course in the Master of Business programme.

  • Compulsory courses

A course advisor can assist you to select your courses and plan your degree.


Here are your next steps

Programme contacts

Christopher Gan

Professor Christopher Gan

Head of Department

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