Master of Accounting and Finance

The right decision every time

Combined knowledge in accounting and finance has never been more in demand. There’s a wealth of career opportunities for employees who can draw upon and synthesise the two.

Our Master of Accounting and Finance offers an intensive two-year path to financial expertise and a professional accounting qualification.

What will you do during your Master of Accounting and Finance?

  • Explore financial and management accounting, auditing, and taxation.
  • Study management theory, business maths, business law, and economics.
  • Learn how financial managers make investment and financing decisions.
  • Understand how financial instruments and capital markets are used to enhance returns and manage risks.
  • Build critical thinking, communication and leadership skills.

Where could a Master of Accounting and Finance take you?

You’ll graduate career-ready and able to adapt to the demands of a global economy. You might secure a job as a company auditor or finance manager. You could take on an accounting role in a flourishing organisation. Perhaps you’ll consult on corporate mergers and acquisitions.

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


  • Top 100 in world for Accounting and Finance^
  • Australia's #1 University for Entrepreneurship Education^
  • Graduates gain associate membership with CPA and CAANZ

^QS World University Rankings, 2021

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.

Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM001
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study Bachelor degree or equivalent.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM001

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

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

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 can advance their careers in the accounting profession in a wide range of roles, including specialised fields such as taxation, auditing, management accounting and accounting systems.

The finance area enables graduates to seek employment as an analyst, consultant or manager in the financial services sector, including banks, investment institutions and financial planning consultancies.

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

Industry Placement

Work placement can include:

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 University of Adelaide is recognised as a CFA Program Partner through this degree, signalling to employers our curriculum is closely tied to professional practice and is well suited to preparing you for employment in the finance and investment industry.**
  • The degree is listed on the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) registry as RG146-compliant for several areas of specialisation.
  • The degree also satisfies the requirements for associate membership of CPA Australia, and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

*  Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
**In order to meet the requirements for CFA eligibility, students must complete 'Financial Statement Analysis' and 'Advanced Corporate Finance' as electives.

Potential careers

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

Degree Structure

Students complete 14 core courses (which include foundation, accounting and finance courses) and 2 electives.

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 7005: Principles of Finance 
ECON 7200: Economic Principles 
CORPFIN 7033: Quantitative Methods 
CORPFIN 7039: Equity Valuation and Analysis 
CORPFIN 7040: Fixed Income Securities 
CORPFIN 7020: Derivatives 
CORPFIN 7019: Advanced Funds Management 
ACCTING 7014: Management Accounting 
ACCTING 7020: Intermediate Financial Reporting 
ACCTING 7023: Advanced Financial Accounting 
ACCTING 7026: Accounting Systems and Processes
COMMLAW 7012: Business and Corporations Law
ACCTFIN 7001: Ethical Principles in Finance and Accounting 
Electives COMMLAW 7013: Income Taxation#
ACCTING 7009: Auditing and Assurance Services#  
ACCTFIN 7017: Financial Statement Analysis 
CORPFIN 7021: Corporate Investment Evaluation
CORPFIN 7022: Advanced Corporate Finance    
CORPFIN 7023: Financial Modelling Techniques
CORPFIN 7042: Corporate Financial Risk Management 
CORPFIN 6013: Wealth Management in Asia
CORPFIN 6003: Tax, Estate and Wealth Planning

For Chartered Accountants entry, students will need to complete the courses marked '#'.

Assessment

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

Testimonial

The career mentoring program enabled me to foster rapport with a field mentor, I learnt plenty of insights into accounting which has set me enter the workforce.

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Last updated: Thursday, 11 Nov 2021