Open the door to senior management.
A major benefit of this program at USC is that you become eligible for associate membership of three accounting professional bodies:
- CPA Australia
- Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
- The Institute of Public Accountants
The MPA opens many doors for you to work in senior management roles and build yourself a top notch career. You will qualify to work in roles such as Chief Financial Officer, Senior Business Strategist, a Chartered Accountant, or as a key professional in the fast growing wealth management sector.
This program covers the latest business and accounting issues. It’s a comprehensive program that delivers accounting fundamentals, informatics, managerial finance, financial reporting, corporate reporting, issues in auditing practice, tax law and practice, the principles of economics and commercial law, and a research project.
Graduates of the Master of Professional Accounting program will meet the educational requirements for admission as an associate member of CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and the Institute of Public Accountants. To gain full membership, graduates must complete the requirements of the chosen professional body’s qualification program. It is the responsibility of the student to confirm with the three Australian accounting bodies (CPA, CAA&NZ and IPA) whether any credit granted will impact on their eligibility for professional association membership.
Entry to the Master of Professional Accounting program will normally require:
- Completion of a recognised Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) or equivalent
- Students who have completed a Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) or equivalent in the same discipline may be eligible to receive credit of up to 48 units (4 courses)
Application and admission advice
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Shariq finds success in the city at USC SouthBank
A random internet search has taken Shariq Ghaznavi from working as a junior accountant in Karachi, Pakistan, to a study adventure in the heart of Brisbane.
Accounting degree for USC SouthBank student
He lives at Woolloongabba, the home of Brisbane cricket, and loves playing as an all-rounder for his local club, but Pakistan’s Farhan Ahmed found himself on another good wicket when he enrolled at the University of the Sunshine Coast in early 2014.
What will I study
Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.
Required courses (13) 156 units
ACC506 Accounting Fundamentals
ACC508 Informatics and Financial Applications
ACC510 Financial Reporting
ACC511 Managerial Finance
ACC520 Legal Regulation of Business Structures
ACC521 Corporate Reporting
ACC610 Strategic Management Accounting
ACC611 Taxation Law and Practice
ACC620 Contemporary Accounting Issues
ACC621 Issues in Auditing Practice
BUS501 Business Analytics and Statistics
BUS502 Principles of Economics for Accountants
BUS503 Principles of Commercial Law
Electives (3) 36 units
Select 3 electives at 700 level from USC Business School.
Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
Total units: 192
Recommended study sequence
This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 192 units as outlined in the Program Structure
- Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
- The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
- It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
- Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
- Online study mode not available to international students on a Student Visa
- Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm that you meet the general postgraduate admission requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements
- Download and complete the Application for postgraduate coursework form and submit directly to USC.
- Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
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International students should contact USC International
How to enrol
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Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.
To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.
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