Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting

Recent developments in reporting practices have presented increasing accounting-related career opportunities in public and private-sector entities—and the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting is designed to enable candidates from non-accounting backgrounds to take advantage of them.

Entry Requirements

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GD076
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
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Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study Bachelor degree or equivalent.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3GD076

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $35,000


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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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

Completion of the program enables candidates to be eligible to apply for associate membership with CPA Australia.

Potential careers

Accountant, Financial Planner, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Taxation Officer, Investment Consultant

Degree Structure

To qualify for the degree, a candidate shall satisfactorily complete a program of study comprising two semesters of full-time study or equivalent part-time. The maximum time permitted for completion of the program is four years.

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

Indicative Study Plan

Core Courses ACCTING 7019: Accounting Concepts and Methods 
CORPFIN 7033: Quantitative Methods 
CORPFIN 7005: Principles of Finance 
ECON 7200: Economic Principles 
Elective Courses Four Accounting courses from the following:

ACCTING 7020: Intermediate Financial Reporting 
COMMLAW 7012: Business and Corporations Law
ACCTING 7026: Accounting Systems and Processes
ACCTING 7023: Advanced Financial Accounting 
ACCTING 7014: Management Accounting


Course assessments can involve a variety of tasks including group assignment and exams.


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Last updated: Saturday, 25 Sep 2021