School of Economics and Finance

Information for New Students

Current Applications Status

Online Enrolments for Trimester 3, 2014 is now open for applications. 

Online Enrolment for the 2015 academic year will be open from 1st October 2014.

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How to Apply

two students in Rutherford House talkingNew domestic students and international students who have already studied at Victoria but are new to the programme should apply using Online Enrolment System.

New international students new to Victoria should apply at any time through Victoria International.

It is important to enrol early as popular courses are likely to be full!

Admission Criteria

Admission criteria for the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diplomas and the Master of Applied Finance are formally laid down in the statutes in the University Calendar. All are postgraduate qualifications, which means that most candidates will already have a university degree, preferably with some content in economics, finance, accounting or maths.

We do accept candidates who do not have a degree, where we think that the quality of their professional background and experience indicates a good chance that they can benefit from the programme and complete the qualification for which they seek entry. In most cases we will advise and require a candidate to enrol initially for the PGDFA, with a view to transferring to the Master’s degree at a later date. Successful MAF applicants usually have at least 2 years of relevant professional experience.

Personal qualities are also viewed as important. A capacity for independent thought is highly valued, and we encourage healthy scepticism about the world and the way it runs.

It is not necessary upon entry to be highly computer literate, as development of your spreadsheet and other skills is supported during the programme, starting from the New Zealand or Global Capital Markets course.

Likewise, you should not necessarily feel discouraged about the rustiness of your mathematical background. We can suggest remedial work, and carefully managed catch-up work in the early stages will help ease the pain. In both cases, however, you should be aware that you are going to acquire technological and quantitative skills, and if you feel completely paralysed by the thought, this programme may not be for you. If you have not studied maths (calculus and linear algebra) and statistics to at least 100 level, you will likely be required to take some preparatory classes - if this is the case, we recommend you get in touch as early as possible.

You must have the time available for the programme you have chosen, and you must feel a sense of commitment to complete your course of study. At times, the programme workload can be quite demanding, and it is easy to succumb to the pressures of the moment at work or home. So you should budget for enough leeway in your personal and professional life to take up the demands of the programme at the rate you have chosen.

The Director is happy to listen and advise.

Work load

For students working fulltime we recommend one paper at a time, at least initially -- once you are used to the workload you can consider increasing that to two a trimester, but many students find one paper at a time an appropriate workload. We advise most fulltime students to enrol in at least one weekly lecture paper to better spread your workload.


Please refer to the general information on the University's fees page.

More Information

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PDF icon VIAF Brochure 280 KB PDF
PDF icon Degree Structure Infographic 352 KB PDF

For more information, please contact the Senior Administrator, VIAF Programme - Rachel Zhang.

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