Finance Specialisation - Master of Business

Passionate about finance and ready to take the lead in shaping the future of finance through impactful research? Embark on a transformative journey and empower yourself to create real change with the Finance specialisation in the Master of Business.

AUT's Finance department is at the forefront of research addressing the industry’s pressing challenges. As a student, you benefit from the Finance department’s international acclaim to ensure the quality and impact of your research. You can collaborate with finance academics, and participate in research seminars and other activities. We partner closely with the Auckland Centre for Financial Research, providing access to the research network, resources and support for your research.

You gain a comprehensive understanding of theory and research methodology, equipping you to conduct empirical research that addresses contemporary issues in finance. Explore a topic of interest in financial literacy and inclusion, behavioural finance, sustainable finance, corporate finance and governance, fund management, fintech, international finance, financial markets and institutions.

Finance department academic staff and their current research

This is part of the Master of Business.

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To graduate with a Master of Business in Finance, you must successfully complete 180 points from:

  • Specialisation course
  • Research methods courses
  • Research OR Research and electives

Full-time students would normally start this specialisation in Semester 1 (February).

Specialisation course - complete the following

Research methods courses - complete the following

And choose one of the following


Research and electives

If you choose the 90-point thesis you need to complete 30 points of electives chosen from the Master of Business, or another postgraduate degree with the approval of the programme director.

In some cases, a dissertation (60-points) can be completed instead of a thesis, depending on your pathway, with the approval of the programme director.

You can only enrol in the research component if you achieve a B- grade average or higher in your courses, have an approved research proposal, and supervision is available for your research.

Key features
  • Globally recognised finance department, ranked in the top 250 in the world in QS ranking
  • Close collaboration with the Auckland Centre for Financial Research
  • Staff who are internationally recognised as experts in this field

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.