Master of Professional Accounting Accelerated

Duration1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time
Next start termTerm 2, 2024
Study modeOnline
Course codeCM47
First-year fee
A$35,040 (Indicative)
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Designed in consultation with Australia's peak accounting bodies, this accelerated professional accounting course can be completed in as little as 18 months and is ideal if you have completed an undergraduate degree in a business discipline including finance, human resources, marketing, management or property and wish to qualify as an accountant.

The Master of Professional Accounting Accelerated is an ideal course for current business professionals seeking a career change into accounting and financial management.

Designed in consultation with industry, the course structure recognises your previous undergraduate degree in business or a related discipline and allows you to fast-track your studies, completing a professional accounting qualification in as little as 18 months of full-time study.  

You will gain highly sought-after skills across accounting, finance, computer software applications, economics, statistics and business law. With a focus on providing practical skills, you will have opportunities throughout the course to gain hands-on experience with Microsoft Excel and Access, and the world-leading SAP enterprise system software.

Prepare to enter a rapidly changing industry forecast to experience strong growth (National Skills Commission, Designed with flexibility in mind to suit current professionals, study online and choose between full-time and part-time modes. 

If your undergraduate degree was not in a business or related discipline, our Master of Professional Accounting will suit you. 

Study experience

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    My study definitely impacted my career. I acquired knowledge, skills and experiences required to enter corporate life. Additionally, interacting with people from different countries, being involved in different types of jobs, receiving advice from my professors and peers helped boost my confidence.

    Karuna Shiwakoti

    Master of Professional Accounting I Nepal

Career Opportunities

If you are a business graduate or a graduate from a cognate discipline looking to redirect your career, this course is for you. It is suitable for graduates in business or a cognate discipline who are interested in employment in accounting and financial management orientated careers. Potential fields of employment include financial accounting, management accounting, taxation, auditing, finance, banking management, administration, consulting or business advisory services.

Structure & Availability

You are required to complete a total of 12 core units.

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

Online Availability

Term 1, 2023Available Online
Term 2, 2023Available Online
Term 1, 2024Available Online
Term 2, 2024Available Online
Term 1, 2025Available Online
Term 2, 2025Available Online

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.

This course has no residential schools.

Professional Practice - Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)


This course is accredited by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and meets the Associate membership requirements of the CPA, CAANZ and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). It also provides eligibility to commence studying the professional-level exams of these three professional accounting bodies in Australia.

Professional Practice - Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) Australia


This course is accredited by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and meets the Associate membership requirements of the CPA, CAANZ and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). It also provides eligibility to commence studying the professional-level exams of these three professional accounting bodies in Australia.


Recommended study

There are no prior study recommendations.

To be eligible for entry into this course, students must hold one of the following:

  • A completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent bachelor degree, or higher AQF equivalent qualification, in business or related field*; or

  • A completed AQF equivalent bachelor degree in accounting received from an overseas institution or organisation, that does not meet accreditation with an Australian Accounting registration body for associate membership purposes; or

  • A completed CQUniversity Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting.

*As this course is designed for students who do not already hold a completed accounting degree, a related field does not include accounting.

English Language Proficiency Requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or

  • An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or

  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall & minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or

  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or

  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study and must appear on a single result certificate.

Each student will be assessed individually.

There are no health requirements.

There are no security requirements.

You will have to meet this course's inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes.

Fees & Scholarships

Course fees

Indicative First Year Fee

This is an approximate cost of enrolling in this course, shown in Australian dollars (A$), for one academic year and is based on a full-time study load (8 units over 2 terms). 

Your actual fees may vary, depending on the units that you select to study and your study load. Fees are reviewed each year and are subject to change.

International Course Fees

A scholarship can help with the costs involved with living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel, and more.

You may be eligible for a 25% international scholarship funded by the University.

We also offer other scholarships to support international students and encourage you to apply for the one that's right for you.

Browse our scholarships

How to apply

Our easy to use online application system for international students will guide you through the process of applying for a course at CQUniversity Australia.