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MMS - Finance as a main subject

Set yourself up as a future business leader and rise to the top of your profession with specialist management expertise. Get the edge over other graduates with a Master of Management Studies from Waikato's Triple Crown Accredited business school.

Finance is all about achieving the best return relative to risk, and helping organisations add value for their shareholders. Studying Finance at Waikato University will prepare you for highly paid positions in the financial and business sectors anywhere in the world.

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Key information

Years: 1 to 1.5
Points: 120 or 180
Start Dates: February (A Trimester A) and July (B Trimester)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): 2023 fees: $8,345 (120 pts) - $12,518 (180 pts) per programme
Estimated Fees* (International): $36,130 (120 pts)
$54,200 (180 pts)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
All amounts are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD). *Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Commercial and investment banker
  • Corporate banker
  • Corporate financer
  • Financial or business analyst
  • Financial manager
  • Financial planner/advisor
  • Banker (commercial, investment, small business, rural, industry)
  • Merger and acquisition specialist
  • Sharebroker
  • Stockbroker
  • Treasurer
  • Investment advisor
  • Actuary
  • Financial regulator
  • Portfolio manager
  • Trader/Mutual fund analyst

Degree Planner

Degree planner — MMS in Finance - 180 points total

Your MMS must include at least 120 points inside the field of your specialist subject. You may take up to 60 points outside the field of the degree.

If you are interested in studying Finance without having to complete a research dissertation, you may also be interested in the Master of Applied Finance.

Outside field of degree (up to 60 points)

Choose ONE of the following papers:

in any subject at 500 Level (up to 45 points)

Field of degree - Research papers (at least 30 points)

Research - Choose ONE of the following papers:

  • Field of degree
  • Compulsory papers
  • Explanatory note
  • Elective papers

Please note: Admission to each paper requires the approval of the Subject Convenor. In some cases, you may be asked to complete some prerequisite papers.

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(Fin), PGDip(Fin), BBus(Hons) and MMS

The qualification regulations define the subject requirements for the BBus(Hons), PGCert(Fin), PGDip(Fin) and MMS. There are no specified subject papers that must be included for the BBus(Hons), and PGCert(Fin) programmes.

PGDip(Fin) students must complete FINAN511 and FINAN512.

MMS students must complete FINAN511, FINAN512, either MNMGT581 or MNMGT582, and one of FINAN590, FINAN591, FINAN592, FINAN593 or FINAN594. Students taking the 120 point MMS are required to complete at least 60 points from the papers listed for the subject. Students taking the 180 point MMS are required to complete at least 120 points from the papers listed for the subject.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ACCTP570Accounting Systems and Processes15.024A (Hamilton) & 24H (Hamilton)
This paper covers the form and function of financial statements and how financial transactions are recorded through the understanding of accounting principles and concepts that underlie financial reporting. An understanding of ethical and professional values as important elements to accurate financial reporting will also be covered...
ECONS528Econometric Topics: Macroeconomics and Finance15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with theoretical and practical skills in econometrics that should enable them to carry out a wide range of applied analyses involving macroeconomics and finance. The prime focus of this paper is on the application of time-series econometrics. The topics covered include econometric estimation and testing...
ECONS543Applied Econometrics15.024B (Hamilton)
A postgraduate paper in econometrics for students who have not included an advanced paper in econometrics in their undergraduate degree.
FINAN500Financial Management and Institutions15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with a deep understanding of banking and financial services sector, focusing on their role in the functioning and well-being of the economy.
FINAN504International Corporate Finance15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper deals with finance subject matters faced by multinational corporations. The course examines exchange rate determinations, currency exposure management, international investment and international capital budgeting.
FINAN506Corporate Finance15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper is designed to prepare students to develop the leadership skills necessary for making optimal corporate financial decisions.
FINAN508Investments and Financial Markets15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper provides an introduction to the structure and functioning of equity, bond markets, and derivative markets.
FINAN509Financial Modelling15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper develops student skills in the effective use of spreadsheets and programming in building appropriate and credible financial models useful for analysts and managers in financial decision making.
FINAN511Advanced Corporate Finance30.024B (Hamilton)
This paper presents advanced corporate finance theory pertaining to the cost of capital, capital structures, dividend policies, leasing, IPOs, and managerial compensation.
FINAN512Investments and Portfolios30.024A (Hamilton)
This paper presents advanced portfolio theory and develops student competency in portfolio analysis. Students are required to complete an empirical study on investments utilising advanced methods and credible financial data.
FINAN515International Finance15.024H (Hamilton)
This paper develops student understanding of foreign exchange markets within the international financial/monetary system, and examines the role, practices and performance of multinational corporations, banks and international financial institutions.
FINAN518Financial Risk Management15.024G (Hamilton)
This advanced paper utilising the latest research pertaining to financial risk develops student skills in managing financial risk exposure, including interest rate risk, foreign exchange risk and commodity price risk.
FINAN519Derivatives15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper aims to enhance students' ability to understand and analyse derivatives beyond simple futures and options. Major topics include Black-Scholes model, delta-hedging, portfolio insurance, basic numerical procedures, value at risk, GARCH conditional volatility models, credit derivatives, interest rate derivatives and real op...
FINAN520Financial Econometrics15.024G (Hamilton)
This paper equips students with advanced tools for the analysis of financial data, including the return forecasting, volatility and econometrics of asset pricing. It is an advanced paper utilising the latest research pertaining to financial econometrics. Students will develop skills with R or other econometric software.
FINAN521Finance Project15.024H (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge learnt in this programme by completing a research project and writing a professional research report.
FINAN590Directed Study30.024X (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
FINAN591Finance Dissertation30.024X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
FINAN592Finance Dissertation60.024X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
FINAN593Finance Thesis90.024X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
FINAN594Finance Thesis120.024X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
MNMGT582Research Methods in Management Studies for Economics and Finance15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to research paradigms commonly used in research in economics and finance. It develops skills in the critical evaluation of research literature, the identification of research problems, and the preparation of research proposals. Students completing the paper will develop a proposal for research in the...

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Management Student Centre (MSC)

Location: MSB.1.50, Waikato Management School, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton
Phone: +64 838 4303
Email: [email protected]

Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday

One of the best times to pop into MSC is Open Advice Day, held every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.