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Master of Professional Accounting MPA

Open the door to senior management and become eligible for associate membership of three accounting professional bodies: CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and The Institute of Public Accountants.

In this program you will:

  • Open doors to work in senior management roles and build a top-flight 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
  • Cover contemporary business and accounting issues
  • Explore accounting fundamentals, informatics, managerial finance, financial reporting, corporate reporting, issues in auditing practice, tax law and practice, and the principles of economics and commercial law

This program is not currently open for applications.

Location

Duration

2 years 2 years Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2023 fees ($AUD)

Start

  • Session 5
  • Session 2

Session 5 intake available 2023 Session 2 intake available 2024

Start
  • Session 5
  • Session 2
Delivery mode
Total courses
16
Total units
192
Duration
2 years 2 years
UniSC program code
BU772
Program structure
Required courses (13) 156 units

ACC701 Accounting for Managers
ACC702 Financial Reporting
ACC703 Managerial Finance
ACC704 Legal Regulation of Business Structures
ACC705 Corporate Reporting
ACC706 Strategic Management Accounting
ACC707 Taxation Law and Practice
ACC708 Contemporary Accounting Issues
ACC709 Issues in Auditing Practice
BUS702 Economics for Managers
BUS703 Evidenced Based Decision Making
BUS706 International Business Law and Ethics
INF701 Management Informatics

Electives (3) 36 units

Select 3 electives at 700 level from USC Business School.

Note: 

The following electives are secured to be available for this program at Moreton Bay: 

  • MGT701 Leading and Managing Organisations, Session 6 (From 2023) 

  • MGT702 Understanding and Managing Organisational Behaviour, Session 5 (From 2024) 

  • MGT703 Strategy, Governance and Ethics, Session 2 (From 2025) 

 

 

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Entry to the Master of Professional Accounting program will normally require:

  • Completion of a recognised Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) or equivalent

Additional entry information

  • 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)
Program requirements
In order to graduate you must:
  • Successfully complete 192 units as outlined in the Program Structure
Program notes
  • 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.
Inherent academic requirements

Prospective students must consider the Inherent Academic Requirements before applying to study this program.

Refer to Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and Master of Professional Accounting - Inherent Academic Requirements

USC strongly supports the rights of all people to pursue studies. The University embraces diversity and endeavours to accommodate all students.

What are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs)?

The IARs of a program are those fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the program, while maintaining the academic integrity of that program.

Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.

USC is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, placement and other activities to enable students to participate in their program.

Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the IAR.

Consideration is given to a student's cultural and religious background/beliefs, which may impact on participation in their program or course. For further information contact Student Support.

Why are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs) important?

IARs ensure the academic integrity of a program is maintained and preserves the University's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They must be met by all students.

How does this affect you?

To successfully complete a program at USC, you need to be able to meet all the Inherent Academic Requirements.

If you are applying for a program, you should read the IAR statement carefully to ensure you are able to meet them.

If you have a disability or chronic health condition, contact a USC Disability Advisor to talk about the adjustments that may be put in place so you can meet the requirements.

Career opportunities

  • Chartered Accountant
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Key professional in the fast-growing wealth management sector
  • Senior Business Strategist

Memberships

Graduates may be eligible to become members of:

  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • CPA Australia
  • Institute of Public Accountants

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.

Postgraduate coursework places

All postgraduate coursework programs are subject to tuition fees unless the postgraduate program is offered under Commonwealth support arrangements.

Eligible students (Australian citizens, permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand Citizens who hold a Special Category Visa and meet the eligibility requirements) may seek assistance to defer payment via a FEE-HELP loan.

Domestic applicants apply for admission direct to USC.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

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