Master of Professional Accounting

Degree Type Masters by Coursework
Duration 1.5 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3CM152
CRICOS 072988K

Fast track your career in accounting

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

Our Master of Professional Accounting offers an intensive 1.5-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 analytical techniques.
  • Take courses in taxation and auditing.
  • Explore relevant business areas such as economics, finance, information systems and business law.
  • Consider the role of technology and ways to build positive client relationships.

Where could it take you?

Accounting graduates are always 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 Professional Accounting satisfies the requirements for associate membership of CPA Australia, and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 3CM152
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Higher Education Study Bachelor degree or equivalent.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM152

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 072988K
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications
    • Graduate entry only

    • Bachelor degree or equivalent
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Domestic applicants

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

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $44,000

    Scholarships

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

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue careers in:

    • accounting, including specialised fields such as taxation, auditing management accounting and accounting systems
    • financial management
    • auditing and business advisory services
    • 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
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    Professional Accreditation

    Adelaide Business School is AACSB* accredited, and as such our programs have passed rigorous standards of quality. AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and only the best schools in the world earn AACSB accreditation.

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

    Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

    Potential careers

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

  • Degree Structure

    Students complete core courses which include four foundation courses and seven accounting courses. The remaining course will be chosen from a number of electives, depending on the student's main specialisation.

    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

    To qualify for the degree of Master of Professional Accounting, a candidate must present the following:

    12 units of foundation courses as prescribed
    ACCTING 7019: Accounting Concepts and Methods 
    CORPFIN 7005: Principles of Finance 
    CORPFIN 7033: Quantitative Methods
    ECON 7200: Economic Principles 
    Plus 21 units of accounting courses
    ACCTING 7020: Intermediate Financial Reporting 
    ACCTING 7023: Advanced Financial Accounting 
    ACCTING 7014: Management Accounting 
    ACCTING 7026: Accounting Systems and Processes 
    COMMLAW 7012: Business and Corporations Law
    ACCTING 7009: Auditing and Assurance Services 
    COMMLAW 7013: Income Taxation 
    Plus elective courses to the value of 3 units
    Advanced accounting courses
    COMMLAW 7016: Business Taxation and GST 
    ACCTFIN 7017: Financial Statement Analysis

    Assessment

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

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  • Further Information

    Further enquiries
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    The annual Open Day provides an excellent opportunity to see our campus, meet with academics, and discuss your study options.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 17 Sep 2019