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Master of Accounting and Finance

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3CM001

CRICOS 053688B

The Master of Accounting and Finance offers a combination of accounting and finance studies in order to enhance career prospects and extend knowledge of both disciplines. The combined studies of accounting and finance have never been more in demand by employers, who value employees' abilities to synthesise both disciplines.

The study of accounting and finance will strengthen graduates' employability in the areas of financial management, while providing a professional accounting qualification.

Completion of this degree satisfies the entry requirements for the professional accounting bodies CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ). These internationally recognised programs ensure graduates will be well equipped to tackle any of the challenging accounting, finance or business situations faced in today’s global marketplace.

A wide number of our courses have met the competence area requirement for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

This program is offered in semester mode.  There are two semesters in an academic year commencing in February and July.
  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 3CM001
    Mid-year entry Subject to availability
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only

    Graduate Entry A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent with at least a credit average; or a completed Graduate Certificate in Commerce from the University of Adelaide.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM001

    International applicants

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 053688B
    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 Bachelor degree or equivalent with a credit average.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $28,000

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $40,000


    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

    Career Readiness

    On completion of this degree, 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.

    In the area of finance, opportunities will exist for 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
    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

    Work Placement: [Can include]


    Professional Accreditation

    The University's business programs have been awarded international accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) 

    AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than 5% of the world's business schools.

    This means the University of Adelaide's Business Degrees are recognised internationally for their high quality and successful graduates.

    The Master of Accounting and Finance program is designed to satisfy the academic requirements for associate membership of CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA). Appropriate courses must be undertaken to fulfil the associate membership requirements of both professional bodies.

    The program is also recognised as a CFA Program Partner. Graduates of this program will also be eligible for listing on the ASIC registry as RG146 compliant for several specialised fields of finance.

    A wide number of our courses have met the competence area requirement for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    Students complete core courses which include foundation courses, accounting courses and finance courses. The remaining courses will be either accounting or finance courses, depending on the student's main specialisation.

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative Study Plan

    Core Courses ACCTING 7019: Accounting Concepts and Methods (M)
    CORPFIN 7005: Principles of Finance (M)
    ECON 7200: Economic Principles (M)
    CORPFIN 7033: Quantitative Methods (M)
    CORPFIN 7039: Equity Valuation and Analysis (M)
    CORPFIN 7040: Fixed Income Securities (M)
    CORPFIN 7020: Derivatives (M)
    CORPFIN 7019: Advanced Funds Management (M)
    ACCTING 7014: Management Accounting (M)
    ACCTING 7020: Intermediate Financial Reporting (M)
    ACCTING 7023: Advanced Financial Accounting (M)
    ACCTING 7026: Accounting Systems and Processes (M)
    COMMLAW 7012: Business and Corporations Law
    ACCTFIN 7001: Ethical Principles in Finance and Accounting (M)
    Electives COMMLAW 7013: Income Taxation (M)#
    ACCTING 7009: Auditing and Assurance Services (M)#  
    ACCTFIN 7017: Financial Statement Analysis (M)
    CORPFIN 7021: Corporate Investment Evaluation (M)   
    CORPFIN 7022: Advanced Corporate Finance (M)   
    CORPFIN 7023: Financial Modelling Techniques (M)
    CORPFIN 7042: Corporate Financial Risk Management (M)  
    CORPFIN 7051: Behavioural Finance: Theory and Applications (M) 
    CORPFIN 7048: Applied Financial Institutions Management (M)
    CORPFIN 7050: International Financial Management (M)
    CORPFIN 6004: Global Wealth Management (M)
    CORPFIN 6003: Tax, Estate and Wealth Planning (M)

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


    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.

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  • Further Information

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Last updated: Tuesday, 14 Nov 2017