Master of Professional Accounting MPA - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Master of Professional Accounting MPA

This program is not currently open for applications.

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:

USC program code
Semester 1 or Semester 2
2 years minimum full time or equivalent part time
Study mode
Blended Learning
Total courses
Total units
Not available to international students on a Student visa.
  • 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, and the principles of economics and commercial law.

Professional recognition

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.

Admission requirements

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)

Program structure

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 Research 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

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.

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