Master of Business Administration (Finance)

Course Information

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Careers in business

Graduate with a business degree from Victoria University (VU) Online and get ahead of the game.

VU graduates have been rated number 1 for employability in the Australian Government’s Employer Satisfaction Survey. Through industry immersion, topical case studies and the use of cutting-edge technology and resources, you will engage with the key concepts to become an effective leader in a world where ethics and sustainability join profitability in a triple bottom-line economy.


In this degree you'll gain hands-on industry-based experience. Our Centre for Work Integrated Learning helps students to prepare for employment.

Our partnerships and relationships with government and multinational enterprises provide workplace learning opportunities and placements with Linfox Logistics, Toyota Australia, IBM, Global Procurement Services and many other organisations.

Student support

VU Online provides award-winning one-to-one academic support from an expert in each and every unit - offered by phone, email and text- when you need it, seven days a week including, evenings. This ensures you can create your success story while acquiring the industry knowledge and skills needed to land your dream job.

You will also be introduced to your very own Student Success Advisor, who provides motivation and one-on-one personalised assistance with non-academic matters throughout your course.

Fees and FEE-Help

A Bachelor of Business from VU Online costs $1,892.75 per unit*, taking the total for 24 units to $45,426

This depends on the number of units you study and whether you are eligible for Advanced Standing, which is assessed after you submit your application.

Note that you may be eligible for the Australian Government’s loan scheme, HECS-HELP. When you attend university or an approved higher education provider, you can get a HECS-HELP loan to pay for your studies. You can only get a HECS-HELP loan if you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP). This course is Commonwealth Supported. To determine your eligibility, visit the HECS HELP website.

*2023 student fees are shown and are subject to change.


Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

How online study works

Studying with VU Online means that you can undertake Undergraduate study without having to attend on-campus classes. This makes it easy to fit study around existing commitments including work and family. You will be able to access your coursework, resources, assignment details and individual feedback from facilitators, all from your online learning environment, VU Collaborate.

Chat with fellow students, compare research notes and collaborate on group tasks – it’s all possible with our seamless, community-focused platform.

With VU Online, you will study just one unit at a time under our award-winning Block Model. Learn about our online Block Model with this video.

You can rest assured you will find support from our responsive academics and facilitators, as well as your dedicated Student Success Advisor throughout your study.

How to apply

VU online has simplified the application process, involving just three key steps.

  1. Speak to one of our Student Enrolment Advisors, who will help you determine your eligibility for the program and whether it suits your career goals. Our advisor will keep you informed of all the application requirements and what to expect during the process. They can also suggest flexible study plans for your circumstances.

  2. Begin your online application and submit the required documentation with the suppport of your Enrolment Advisor. This may include a copy of your CV and/or academic transcript from previous studies.

  3. Upon completing your application, you will receive a confirmation email or an email letting you know if you need to provide any additional information.

Learn about how Victoria Online supports students through their journey.


Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.


The minimum criteria for admission varies depending on your education background. If you’re not sure which criteria applies to you, use the help tool on this page or make an enquiry and we can assist.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the last 2 years)

  • Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (e.g. VCE) or
  • an Australian or overseas equivalent or
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB).

Importance of ATAR for this course

We consider both ATAR and other criteria
ATAR is not a consideration. We use other criteria

Admission criteria

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.

Why is ATAR not applicable?

You will not need an ATAR score to meet the admission requirements for this course. Only the successful completion of your secondary school studies, and any additional prerequisites. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their prior experience, ATAR, age, socioeconomic or educational background.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET/TAFE) study

This information is for people who have completed an accredited award at an Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Admission criteria

Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent). OR: Completion of the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (or equivalent).

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with higher education study

This information is for people whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course.

Admission criteria

Full or partial completion of an Australian Higher Education award (or equivalent). OR: Completion of a single unit of Higher Education studies. OR: Completion of a bridging or enabling course eg. Foundation course or equivalent.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with work & life experience

This information is for applicants who left secondary school more than two years ago and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then.

Admission criteria

Five years (minimum) work/life experience in Business, Commerce or similar. OR: Applicants that completed an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate more than two years ago. PLUS: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English (or equivalent).

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

What you'll study

The degree consists of 24 units with 10 foundational core units that all students take, and then you choose one major of 8 units, one minor of 4 units and 2 additional elective units in your area of interest


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  • Staff recruitment

  • Change management

  • Workplace diversity and inclusion strategies

  • Professional development and training

  • Employee relations

  • People-related analytics

Our course will prepare you to meet worldwide standards of professional excellence, with the practical skills relevant to the everyday work environment. You'll graduate with the skills and expertise to make you a valued member of any business organisation.

VU's Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) has met the criteria for course accreditation and is currently accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI). Accreditation is reviewed every three years by the AHRI National Accreditation Committee.

Students applying for this course can be assured that the quality of core units map onto the AHRI Model of Excellence for HR Practitioners and Academics, a recognised benchmark of HR best practice and standards.

Whether on a local or international level, you could secure work within:

  • Human resouce management

  • Employee relations

  • Industrial relations

  • Information systems

  • Recruitment

  • Employee development and training.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To apply for the Master of Business Administration (Finance), you are required to have:

  • Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline; OR
  • Completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in a similar discipline; OR
  • Applicants without an undergraduate qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate (in the same discipline) based on approved work experience. Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate, graduates will be eligible for admission to this course with credit granted for completed units.

Advanced Standing

You may be eligible to enter into the Master of Business Administration (Finance) with credit for past skills and/or study, known as advanced standing.

If you've already completed any of the units in the course in which you are enrolling, or their equivalent, you may be eligible for advanced standing. Learn more about Advanced Standing here.

Units of study

Units of study

VU Online’s MBA (Finance) includes four specialist Finance units and eight core business units, equipping you with the skills for current and future financial management and leadership roles. You will also complete a practical, multi-faceted capstone project. Each unit of study lasts for seven weeks.

For more information about the units of study, download a brochure.

Financial Analysis (BAO5734)

Understand the effective and efficient use of financial statement information for business analysis. This unit enables you to identify and evaluate key framework components and apply them to a variety of complex decision-making contexts including security analysis, credit analysis, corporate financing policies analysis, merger and acquisition analysis, and management communications analysis.
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Accounting and Financial Management (BAO6000)

Learn how to assess information and business support systems to monitor issues, problems and opportunities affecting businesses. This unit enables you to evaluate accounting information, analyse financial reports to inform users of business performance and position, and verify and synthesise information required for short- and long-term decision-making, and articulate and devise problem-solving techniques for making informed management decisions.
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Corporate Finance (BAO7000)

Learn and develop the necessary skills for making value-changing financial decisions to maximise an organisation’s value. Learn to demonstrate, analyse and apply knowledge of finance theories, practices and markets when making decisions. Critically analyse and solve problems related to the decisions of the corporate manager and gain a clear understanding of the theories underlying the operation of financial markets and relevant asset pricing models for strategic corporate transactions.
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Advanced Finance (BAO7001)

Gain a clear understanding of research methodologies and data sets commonly used when researching corporate finance. Be able to critically evaluate issues that arise when raising debt finance and leasing arrangements. Justify financial decision-making through demonstration of the correct use of analytical tools and frameworks, and be able to argue how an organisation can employ different risk management instruments to hedge against financial risks.
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Business Consulting (BMO7005)

This unit focuses on the key knowledge and skills required for successful business consulting. It will synthesise and leverage the competencies you have acquired in your earlier studies, which encompass accounting and finance, marketing, human resources and organisational change management, strategy and data analysis. The unit aims to develop capabilities which will allow you to pursue a career in consulting, or act as an effective internal consultant within an organisation. You will apply knowledge and skills acquired in the previous units of the course to effectively design, research and manage a business consulting project, deliver solutions and present practical recommendations to meet the needs of a real-world client, in an ethical manner. You will be involved in authentic engagement with a client and receive industry feedback, or draw on an industry case study, to address a complex business challenge. You will enhance your research and interpersonal skills, including problem-solving, collaboration, communication, customer-orientation and influencing.
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Strategic Human Resource Management (BMO5572)

This unit critically examines the extent to which human resource management is strategic to organizational success in a global context. Alternative models of business strategy and the integration of human resource management are considered.
There will be a focus on strategic international human resource management and the issues facing organizations that operate in the international environment.
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Managing Innovation and Entrepreneurship (BMO6622)

This unit investigates theoretical concepts of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship and the skills and competencies to apply this knowledge effectively to diagnoses the need for, identify and leverage an opportunity and create solutions to contemporary business or societal challenges both locally and globally.
Contemporary scenarios and examples are given to enable students to apply developing knowledge to create an entrepreneurial venture that generates economic, social or environmental benefit and which is sustainable.
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Marketing Management (BMO6505)

This unit aims to critically review the major decisions faced by marketing decision makers in their efforts to harmonize the organization's objectives, capabilities, and resources with marketplace needs and opportunities.
This unit allows students to evaluate contemporary practices of marketing: the creation of value for customers and firms and the strategies and methods marketers use to successfully operate in today's dynamic environment.
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Business Ethics and Sustainability (BMO5501)

This unit critically reviews the socio-cultural environment in which business operates.
Ethical frameworks for decision making will be critiqued and students will construct the debates surrounding contemporary corporate responsibility and sustainable development as they impact on organisations in their local and global contexts.
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Strategic Management and Business Policy (BMO6511)

Strategic Management examines the decisions, actions and processes undertaken by firms for success, growth and change in a business environment.
This unit of study will explore the principal elements in external and internal environments which impact on organisations and consider how current theoretical frameworks and the interdisciplinary and professional knowledge base respond to complex issues.
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Art and Practice of Leadership (BMO6050)

The unit examines the contextual challenges facing leaders, seeking to develop a deep personal understanding of leadership as a complex process of scanning the environment and setting the direction, and achieving organisational goals through influencing people both inside and outside the organisation.
The dynamics of interpersonal power are investigated, with particular attention given to the leader as a social architect, implicit in the concepts of transformational and (values-based) authentic leadership.
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Business Analytics and Visualisation (BCO7000)

Business analytics and visualisation focuses on uncovering business insights hidden in massive datasets using statistical models and algorithms. Visualisation is the vital component of analysing data and communicating insights to stakeholders. The unit equips students with foundational knowledge in business analytics and visualisation to be able to analyse business data, convert insights into business decisions and communicate results to stakeholders.
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Career options

Career options

Step up to a middle or senior financial management role with an online MBA (Finance). Our graduates have undertaken diverse and rewarding career paths both locally and overseas.

Typical job titles

  • Chief Executive Officer 
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Head of Finance
  • Director of Business Development
  • Senior Managing Consultant
  • Strategic Planning Manager
  • Financial Manager
  • Financial Director


Student support

Student support

VU Online provides you with the support you need, when you need it, throughout the course. With four layers of student support, our goal is to ensure you succeed in your studies.

Our highly experienced academics understand how to deliver a quality online learning experience and are highly responsive and accessible.

You will also have access to a dedicated Student Success Advisor, who provides motivation and one-on-one personalised assistance with non-academic matters for the duration of the course. You will experience the support of a community through chat, virtual seminars and discussion board activity. Your support network is only a phone call or email away.

Frequently asked questions

What is a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)?

A Commonwealth supported place (CSP) is a place at a university or higher education provider where the government pays part of your fees. All domestic students are eligible for a CSP place in VU Online’s Bachelor of Business. For more information about CSP please visit the Government Webpage.

Can I study a Bachelor of Business without an ATAR?

Yes, An ATAR is not needed to be accepted in our Bachelor of Business. If you completed Highschool in the last 2 years, you do not need an ATAR, only a study score of 25 (or equivalent) for English or 20 (or equivalent) in an EAL  If you finished hihschool more than 2 years ago please read the admission criteria for what previous work/education can be used as admission into the Bachelor of Busines.

Can I study more than 1 unit at a time?

No, with VU’s award winning Block Model, you focus on 1 unit at a time so there is no need to take on any additional units of study during one block. This lets you put all your focus into that one unit.

Can I take a break from my studies?

Yes! VU Online’s Block model allows you to take a break from your studies are re-join when you are ready to recommence your study. If you take an extended study break of 6 months or more, you will need to apply for a Leave of Absence.

What do you learn in a Bachelor of Business?

Victoria University (VU) Online’s Bachelor of Business Degree brings industry involvement and expertise into the classroom, allying this with the latest industry relevant software and a focus on career planning and professional branding to deliver graduates able to successfully compete in contemporary business settings. A strong first-year grounding in the core basics of business practice, knowledge and skills, readies students for the more specialist studies they will pursue in second and third year majors and minors.

In addition, the first year units will align closely with the learning outcomes of the Diploma of Business (Enterprise), enabling a seamless pathway with the use of the Diploma of Business studies as an exit point. A key feature of the degree is the suite of innovative skills units, which students undertake as part of their core, major and minor studies. These units challenge students to identify potential career aspirations and then to take charge of and shape their study options such that they are best placed to pursue these. Victoria University Business School (VUBS) works closely with VU Employ to ensure this career focus is relevant and up to date.

The degree recognises the need for today’s business graduates to be good communicators, to understand the importance of ethical and sustainable practice to modern commerce, and to be aware of themselves as a brand and how to maximise this. All students will graduate with industry experience via placement, internship or experience in VU’s tax and other clinics.

What majors can I choose?

With VU Online’s Bachelor of Business you can choose between Marketing, Human Resources Management and Management and Innovation as your major. Each major is made up of 8 units/subjects and you need to complete the correct 8 units that are part of a major to receive it.

What Minors can I choose?

With VU Online’s Bachelor of Business you can choose between Marketing, Human Resources Management and Management and Innovation as your minor. Each minor is made up of 4 units/subjects and you need to complete the correct 4 units that are part of a major to receive it.

Are there work placements?

The unit BSK3001 Workplace Learning which all students complete as part of your Bachelor of Business contains 150 hours of work placement. If you cannot source your work placement the University will help you find one.


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