Master of Professional AccountingMasters by Coursework
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
Depending on unit availabilities, previous study or work experience, students may be able to complete their degree in a shorter duration than indicated. International on-shore students must complete a minimum of eight units per year.
MPA (16 unit)
The Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) is designed for non-accounting business professionals seeking a career change, or for those already working in the accounting and finance industry who need a recognised accounting qualification.
The course is designed to enhance a student’s ability to manage complex accounting and business issues, and provides expertise in financial management, accounting information systems, financial reporting, auditing, corporate governance and contemporary accounting standards and research.
Graduates have excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate an organisation's complex financial information to its stakeholders.
Students who have completed a relevant Bachelor degree may receive four units of advanced standing towards the Masters degree.
|Graduate Attribute||Course Learning Outcome|
Develop and create effective solutions to complex problems from a discipline area. Critically evaluate, analyse and synthesise a complex issue or theory from a discipline area to arrive at a conclusion/decision with justification.
Incorporated in Intellectual rigour.
Critically evaluate challenging interpersonal, organisational and governance issues in terms of their ethical implications. Apply discipline based knowledge and skills in situations that require autonomy and a high level of responsible behaviour.
|Knowledge of a discipline|
Demonstrate and apply advanced discipline knowledge and skills in a specialised management area within a global perspective. Apply and integrate research principles and methods to complex management situations.
Incorporated in Intellectual rigour.
|Communication and social skills|
Prepare and deliver advanced discipline advice, knowledge and ideas orally in a business or public context on complex issues.
Prepare and deliver advanced written communications of justified advice for a business context and general public on complex issues.
Critically analyse leadership research and practice in the management of people and self.
Critically reflect on self and team regarding participation and performance.
Incorporated in Knowledge of a discipline.
The MPA comprises a core sequence of units that meet the professional accounting educational requirements and includes study in the following area: business accounting, accounting information systems, financial reporting, management accounting, finance, accounting theory and research.
Student also study advanced topics in accounting such as taxation law and practice, auditing and assurance, corporate governance and project management. A key feature of the MPA program is the opportunity to undertake a double-weighted industry research project that can be applied to your own company or organisation.
|Location||Teaching period||UAC code||QTAC code|
|Gold Coast||Session 1 , Session 2 , Session 3||N/A||N/A|
|Online||Session 1 , Session 2 , Session 3||N/A||N/A|
The Master of Professional Accounting is accredited by CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA).
Graduates may also be eligible to apply for admission to the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).
We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.
Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.
- To be eligible for the Master of Professional Accounting a candidate must successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units comprising all units in Part A and Part B of the Schedule and two (2) units from Part C.
- To be eligible for the Master of Professional Accounting a candidate who has completed a Bachelor Degree with a major in Accounting or equivalent must complete no less than twelve (12) units comprising all units in Part B plus any six (6) units from Part C.
- To be eligible for the Master of Professional Accounting a candidate who has completed a Bachelor Honours Degree in Accounting with a minimum of second class honours division two or equivalent must complete no less than eight (8) units comprising four (4) units listed in Part B excluding MNG93003 Industry Research Project plus any four (4) units from Part C.
- To be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma in Accounting a candidate shall successfully complete not less than eight (8) units from Part A.
- To be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate in Accounting a candidate shall successfully complete not less than four (4) units from Part A.
- A candidate in the Master of Professional Accounting who has completed (8) units and met the requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Accounting may elect to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Accounting following withdrawal from candidature for the Master of Professional Accounting.
- A candidate in the Master of Professional Accounting who has completed four (4) units and met the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Accounting may elect to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Accounting following withdrawal from candidature for the Master of Professional Accounting.
Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.
Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Available||Credit points||Level of learning||Notes|
|Session 1, Year 1|
|ACC00712 - Business Accounting||Introductory|
|ACC00716 - Finance||Introductory|
|ACC00718 - Accounting Information Systems and Processes||Intermediate|
|Session 2, Year 1|
|ACC00713 - Company and Financial Reporting||Intermediate|
|LAW00720 - Legal Studies||Introductory|
|ACC03043 - Corporate Governance||Advanced|
|Session 3, Year 1|
|MNG00785 - Project Management||Introductory|
|ACC00715 - Professional Auditing||Advanced|
|ECO82001 - Economics and Quantitative Analysis||Intermediate|
|Session 1, Year 2|
|MNG93003 - Industry Research Project||Advanced|
|MNG00716 - Entrepreneurship and Marketing||Introductory|
|Session 2, Year 2|
|ACC00714 - Managerial Accounting||Intermediate|
|ACC03032 - Contemporary Issues in Accounting Theory||Advanced|
|Session 3, Year 2|
|ACC00717 - Taxation Law and Practice||Intermediate|
|MNG03218 - Managing Information Systems||Advanced|
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Level of learning||Notes|
|ACC00718||Accounting Information Systems and Processes||Intermediate|
|ECO82001||Economics and Quantitative Analysis||Intermediate|
|ACC00713||Company and Financial Reporting||Intermediate|
|ACC03032||Contemporary Issues in Accounting Theory||Advanced|
|ACC00717||Taxation Law and Practice||Intermediate|
|MNG93003||Industry Research Project||Advanced|
|MNG00716||Entrepreneurship and Marketing||Introductory|
|MNG03217||The Positive Leader||Introductory|
|MNG03218||Managing Information Systems||Advanced|
|MNG93001||Asia Pacific Business Environment||Advanced|
|FIN93001||Financial Management of Asia Pacific Business||Advanced|
|MNG03048||Quantitative Research Methods||Advanced|
|MNG03047||Qualitative Research Methods||Advanced|