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Master of Finance

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Eighteen months (1.5 years) full-time study; Up to a maximum of five years part-time study.
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Get to the heart of finance

This degree combines the study of advanced theory with research in a specialised finance area to give you a career advantage.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

Massey University’s Master of Finance is a detailed, specialised degree that will give you the skills and knowledge to move to a higher level of seniority in your career.

Learn from leading business experts

The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools and is AACSB-accredited.

Massey University’s accountancy and finance programme ranks in the top 200 and its business and management studies rankin the top 250 in the world (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings).

We are ranked No.1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 universities worldwide for our business administration and finance programmes by ShanghaiRanking.

You will learn from well-respected academics and business experts, gaining an international perspective.

To get the maximum benefit from this specialised qualification, you must have an undergraduate degree in finance and preferably some experience in the finance sector. You will use your own experiences to build your finance-sector expertise.

Complete in a shorter time

This master’s qualification offers the same rigorous and prestigious programme as other master’s degrees, yet can be completed in only three semesters (180 credits), or one and half years. The Master of Finance can also be taken as a one-year programme after completing a Bachelor of Business Studies (Honours) in Finance. If you wish to complete a more in-depth master’s research project you may extend your degree out to 240 credits.

What will you learn?

A master’s is a rigorous, challenging, rewarding and exciting programme of study. Your study will focus on finance, but help you put this speciality into the context of other business disciplines - reflecting the reality of today’s business environment.

To succeed at a senior level in business, or academia, you must be able to communicate your work and findings effectively. The Master of Finance will help develop your oral and written communication skills to the level expected of senior business leaders.

You will learn the processes and disciplines involved in high-level in-depth research and how to apply them to business.

Convenient for those in the workforce

This degree is offered in block mode, which means that rather than attending regular lectures, you will attend one or more periods of intensive study on campus. 

Relevant learning

Massey University conducts an internationally recognised research programme in economics, finance, banking and property.

We are also involved in or lead several renowned research centres in the areas of applied and theoretical economics, financial services, public policy evaluation, financial literacy, real estate, social innovation and sustainable development. 

The Master of Finance has a focus on real-world learning. We utilise our relationships with industry and help you draw on experience you may have to give your learning context and relevance to the real world. You will be taught by some of New Zealand's leading practitioners and learn the application of techniques in real world environments, like our Trading Room – the only one of its kind in a New Zealand university. 

Gain an international qualification

This qualification has a ‘dual award’ option which allows you to gain a dual degree from both the University of Greenwich (London, England) and Massey University. With this option you will study for at least one semester in England. 

Find out more.


A good fit if you:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree in finance
  • Wish to move up the hierarchy in finance-specific careers
Richard Ventura
Master of Finance (MFin)
Graduated in 2015
Analyst - Financial Institutions Group, HSBC

“Apart from developing a broad knowledge of financial markets, I benefited massively from the real world learning, presentation and public speaking practice at Massey…”

I chose Massey University because it offered the degree that I thought would give me the best shot at getting the job I wanted. It appeared to give a good mix between taught theory and industry practice. And it did!

For example when I started work I could sit down next to our traders and start typing away at Bloomberg terminals without needing help, due to my Massey Trading Room experience. Traders are not used to seeing that from grads!

Massey staff are incredibly helpful. They know that pure academic learning isn’t enough to make you the best applicant for jobs in the tough grad market and help you find opportunities to develop yourself.

For instance I was co-president of the Investment Club, a member of Massey’s team in the global CFA Research Challenge, helped with the opening of the Trading Room, and was a tutor and research assistant. The last two helped me pay my way through university!

Outside study, the friends I made have also gone on get jobs in banking, corporate finance and investment management. They are really making their mark.


Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand:

  • Young master’s graduates earn more than one and a half times more than the national median (five years after study)
  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after completion, the median earnings of young master’s graduates are 15% higher than for those with a bachelor’s degree.

World-leading lecturers and supervisors

Massey’s finance staff are internationally renowned for their research and teaching and learning methods. You will be working with recognised finance researchers and specialists, for example:

Professor Ben Marshall

Professor Marshall’s research has been published in internationally respected academic journals, such as the Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of International Money and Finance, and Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, and journals with a practitioner focus.

He has also had his work accepted by each of the top three finance conferences: American Finance Association (AFA), Western Finance Association (WFA), and the European Finance Association (EFA). He is currently ranked in the top 1% of authors on the international working paper website SSRN (based on downloads of his papers) and his work has generated widespread interest including discussions in numerous newspapers and investment blogs. Ben is a member of the Australian New Zealand Shadow Finance Regulatory Committee and serves on the editorial board of a number of journals. He has also consulted to public and private companies in a range of different areas. His research interests include asset return predictability, quantitative investment techniques, market microstructure, commodities and liquidity

In 2015, Professor Marshall was made Massey University’s first MSA Charitable Trust Chair in Finance.

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