Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting

Degree Type Graduate Diploma
Duration 1 year full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3GD076
CRICOS 072989J

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

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    SATAC Code 3GD076
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

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

    International applicants

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    CRICOS 072989J
    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
    C1 Advanced 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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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $31,000

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $44,000


    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

    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

    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.

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

    Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

    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.

  • Further Information

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Last updated: Wednesday, 15 Jan 2020