Study a Master of Professional Accounting

If you’re interested in the analysis of accounting data, looking for trends and guiding businesses in making decisions, then accounting is a career you should really think about. Hear from Head of College, Professor Peter Best, who shares how our accredited Master of Professional Accounting course is delivered, the opportunities our students receive, our doctorally qualified teaching staff, and more. Graduate, Urusha Kansakar from Nepal, shares her experience and skillsets learnt throughout the course, including a promotion in her first accounting job after graduation.

Study a Master of Professional Accounting


Professional accounting is a field that's in high demand. It's needed by every organisation, so there are a lot of opportunities.

The Master of Professional Accounting is a course designed for graduates of any discipline to achieve professional accounting qualifications.
Our Master of Professional Accounting has a set of core units plus space for two electives, and students can take electives in a number of areas, including forensic accounting, data analytics or they can take a business internship where they get the opportunity to work with a company for 10 weeks.

Internship requires them to attend a company's premises and do work for four days a week for 10 weeks in a normal term, and that's unpaid employment, but it's realistic employment.

At the same time, the student completes a research project for that company. 
CQUniversity provided me with many platforms to go beyond my potential. This course provided me financial literacy, theoretical skills as well as computer skills.

Currently, I am working as an Assistant Accountant in the construction industry. This was my first accounting job in Australia, and I got promoted after a year.
The course meets the accreditation requirements for professional accounting in Australia to become a CPA or a chartered accountant. 
Our staff are all doctorally qualified, including casual staff. They need to be active researchers and they are working in very applied areas including, for example, fraud detection, areas like sustainable business, sustainability reporting, so they're very applied industry relevant sort of areas. 
We design our teaching approach using effectively a flipped classroom model. We use a combination of lecture recordings and workshops.

The workshops are small in size, limited to under 50 students. And, students engage in quite practical activities, applying concepts to authentic case studies and situations, and they have the opportunity to work in small teams to discuss those questions.

My advice to the students studying in university and the graduates is to upskill yourself and learn new things. Learning does not stop at university. So, if you want to get the dream job you want, work smart and work on your soft skills as well.
The future of accounting is less focused on the debit and credit bookkeeping side because that is being automated but becoming more focused on the analysis of accounting data and looking for trends and guiding businesses in making decisions.
And that's where the accounting data becomes relevant, and that's the future of accounting.