Master of Accounting

Focus your career in accounting

Modern economies depend on good accounting. We need experts who understand and can explain financial and social business environments to others.

Our Master of Accounting offers an intensive two-year path to careers in accounting, financial management, auditing and business advising.

What will you do?

  • Learn the fundamentals of financial and management accounting.
  • Study advanced accounting concepts and techniques.
  • Take courses in taxation and auditing.
  • Explore relevant business areas such as economics, finance, information systems and business law.
  • Work on a large-scale applied research project.

Where could it take you?

Accounting graduates are in demand and enjoy both stability and variety. Due to changes in reporting practices, career opportunities are increasing across public and private sectors.

You might work with a charity, in education or for the government. Perhaps you’ll become chief financial officer at a company or manage budgets in the sporting world. You could even unmask financial deceptions as a forensic accountant.

Our Master of Accounting satisfies the requirements for associate membership of CPA Australia, and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM193
Intake February and July
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Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study Bachelor degree or equivalent.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM193

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $31,000

Scholarships

These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Careers

Career Readiness

On completion of this degree, graduates will have the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in:

  • accounting (including specialised fields such as taxation, auditing management accounting and accounting systems)
  • financial management
  • auditing and business advisory services in public practice
  • industry or government.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Professional Accreditation

The Master of Accounting satisfies the academic requirements for associate membership of CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Potential careers

Accountant, Auditor, Banker, Business Analyst, Business Consultant, Business Management, Commercialisation Manager, Finance Manager, Financial Services Officer, Taxation Officer, Forensic Accountant

Degree Structure

Students complete core courses which include four foundation courses and seven accounting courses plus two electives. All students are required to complete Financial Statement Analysis plus a six unit research project in Financial Statement Analysis.

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

You can find the academic program rules for this degree under the Faculty of the Professions rules.

Example Study Plan

Year 1


Semester I

Semester II

Year 2


Semester I

Semester II

  • ACCTFIN 7005: Research Project in Financial Statement Analysis
  • ACCTING 7009: Auditing and Assurance Services
  • 1 x Elective
*This is an indicative study plan only

Assessment

May include, but not limited to: research projects, examinations, group assignments, individual assignments, consulting projects, presentations, quizzes, tests, tutorial Work as prescribed within each course.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 20 Jul 2021