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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: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $7,896 (120 pts) or $11,844 (180 pts) approx - 2020 fees
Fees (International): $29,955 (120 pts); $44,935 (180 points)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
*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 finance specialist
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial manager
  • Financial planner
  • Merchant banker
  • Merger and acquisition specialist
  • Sharebroker
  • Stockbroker
  • Treasury specialist

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 (15 to 60 points)

Choose ONE of the following two papers:

in any subject at 500 Level (15 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 BBus(Hons), PGCert(Fin), PGDip(Fin) 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 Occurrence / Location
ECONS543Applied Econometrics20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
A postgraduate paper in econometrics for students who have not included an advanced paper in econometrics in their undergraduate degree.
FINAN500Financial Management and Institutions20A (Hamilton) & 20B (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 Finance20A (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 Finance20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
This paper is designed to prepare students to develop the leadership skills necessary for making optimal corporate financial decisions.
FINAN508Investments and Financial Markets20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
This paper provides an introduction to the structure and functioning of equity, bond markets, and derivative markets.
FINAN509Financial Modelling20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
This paper equips students with financial modelling skills and its usefulness in financial decision making.
FINAN510Financial Theory and Corporate Policy20A (Hamilton)
This paper covers the principles of corporate finance as in FINA311; including capital budgeting, capital structure, dividend policy, cash and liquidity management and advanced theoretical components. Prior exposure to the standard financial concepts and relevant research to this area is assumed.
FINAN511Advanced Corporate Finance20B (Hamilton)
This paper deals with the current thinking and research in corporate finance. The material covers core areas such as the cost of capital, optimal capital structure, dividend policy, leasing, agency theory, IPOs, and managerial compensation.
FINAN512Investments and Portfolios20A (Hamilton)
This paper provides a more advanced treatment on portfolio analysis, capital market models, efficient market hypothesis, bond portfolios, and evaluation of portfolio performance. Students are required to complete an empirical study on investments of publishable quality using real world data.
FINAN515International Finance20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
This paper provide students with a thorough understanding of international financial flows in today's dynamic world economy. Initially the paper will focus on the analysis of international financial environment, international financial /monetary system, foreign exchange markets, exchange rate determination, international trade, and...
FINAN517Investments, Portfolios and Financial Markets20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
This paper covers various aspects of investments and efficient portfolios. Students will critically evaluate core financial models and apply the theoretical concepts to actual problems.
FINAN518Financial Risk Management20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20G (Hamilton)
This paper equips students with the skills of managing financial risk exposures: interest rate risk, foreign exchange risk and commodity price risk. It is an advanced paper utilising the latest research pertaining to financial risk.
FINAN519Derivatives20B (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 Econometrics20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20G (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, Stata and other econometric software.
FINAN521Finance Project20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge learnt in this programme by writing a research report.
FINAN590Directed Study20X (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
FINAN591Finance Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
FINAN592Finance Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
FINAN593Finance Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
FINAN594Finance Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
MNMGT582Research Methods in Management Studies for Economics and Finance20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to research paradigms commonly used in research in management studies. It will develop 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...
WSAFE500A Commerce Internship: From Theory to Practice20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
This paper will provide selected students with the opportunity to gain practical work experience and apply their theory-based knowledge in a commercial organisational setting.

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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

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.