Master of Professional Accounting - CC57
Technology and data are creating an exciting new era for the accounting profession making now a great time to change the trajectory of your career and qualify as a professional accountant. Accounting is harnessing the power of the digital revolution that is fuelling technological trends such as cloud-based computing, artificial intelligence and robotic process automation to provide real-time finance tracking and fraud vulnerability assessments for organisations.
If you are a current professional with a completed bachelor degree in any discipline looking to change or diversify your career with an accounting qualification, this is an ideal course for you.
On Campus, Online
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Online
The Master of Professional Accounting is an ideal course for professionals seeking a career change into accounting and financial management.
You will develop professional skills sought after by industry, government and the accounting profession across accounting, finance, computer software applications, economics, statistics and business law. The Master of Professional Accounting will also allow you to choose to develop specialist skills in accounting systems and information assurance, forensic accounting, and financial data analytics meaning you will be well equipped to leverage artificial intelligence and cloud computing technologies to provide real-time finance tracking, cloud based accounting services and fraud risk assessments for today’s business world.
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. Plus, choose a professional internship in a professional workplace to contextualise your learning and expand your networks in the industry.
Designed with flexibility in mind to suit current professionals, you can choose between online or on-campus study options, and full-time and part-time modes. Take advantage of CQUni’s three terms across the year to study the Master of Professional Accounting, when and how it suits you.
If you are a domestic student, and your undergraduate degree is in business or related disciplines including management, marketing and human resources, you may be interested in our Master of Professional Accounting Accelerated. This 12-unit masters course can be studied in as little as 18 months of full-time study.
|Core Units||14||Major Units||None|
You are required to complete a total of 14 core units and two electives.
For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.
CREDIT TRANSFER INFORMATION
If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.
CQUniversity’s postgraduate accounting courses are designed to help you redirect your career towards accounting. Our courses prepare you for employment in accounting and financial management-orientated careers and provide practical and industry-relevant skills to succeed in your accounting career, globally. No matter your level of experience in accounting, you will find the right course to suit your career aspirations.
If you have completed an undergraduate degree in a business discipline including marketing, management and human resources you may wish to study our Master of Professional Accounting Accelerated - this 12-unit course can be completed in 18 months of full-time study.
The Master of Professional Accounting is accredited by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and meets the membership requirements of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) at the Associate Member IPA status.
The Master of Professional Accounting offers you the opportunity to complete a business internship in an elective unit. This internship provides you with experience in a professional environment relevant to accounting and gives you the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge gained throughout your studies to real and authentic scenarios.
FLEXIBLE STUDY OPTIONS
Our postgraduate accounting courses are available to study on campus in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney or online. This means that you will benefit from the flexibility to study where and how it suits you. If you are an online student, you will benefit from the latest in learning technology that keeps you connected and supported throughout your studies. You will not need to attend any residential schools for these courses so you can enjoy the online flexibility that these courses offer.
|Term 1 - 2023||Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney|
|Term 2 - 2022||Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney|
|Term 2 - 2023||Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney|
|Term 3 - 2022||Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney|
|Term 3 - 2023||Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney|
|Term 1 - 2023||Available Online|
|Term 2 - 2022||Available Online|
|Term 2 - 2023||Available Online|
|Term 3 - 2022||Available Online|
|Term 3 - 2023||Available Online|
Choose an internship stream to gain real-world experience and contextualise your learning, while expanding your professional networks and enhancing your employability. Students will complete work placement for 10 consecutive weeks, working standard office hours for four days per week – completing approximately 320 hours in total. Students need to meet prerequisite requirements to undertake BUSN20020 Business Internship. Check the Handbook for more information.
To gain entry to this course, students must have:
- A non-accounting undergraduate degree in any discipline from an Australian university, or AQF equivalent from an overseas institution; or
- An AQF equivalent accounting bachelor degree received from an overseas institution or organisation, that does not meet accreditation with an Australian Accounting registration body for associate membership purposes; or
- A graduate diploma in any discipline from an Australian university.
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 or 12, or equivalent); or
- bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years full-time with a minimum overall GPA 4.0
completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland or United States of America.
If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:
- An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and 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.
Students who have successfully completed the CQUniversity Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting will be eligible to apply for credit for units already completed.
Students may be eligible for exemptions of up to 48 credit points for previous graduate level studies in business or accounting.
No information is available at this time.
If you are seeking a career change and are interested in a career in accounting, this course is for you. It is ideal if you are interested in employment opportunities in accounting and financial management sectors. Potential fields of employment include financial accounting, management accounting, taxation auditing, teaching finance, banking management, administration, consulting or business advisory services.
Accreditation for this course by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and meets the membership requirements of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) - Associate Member IPA status. These organisations accredit each campus individually, so students must check the current status of accreditation for their desired study location.
For eligibility criteria for membership of the Professional Bodies refer to these websites:
|2022 Indicative Fees|
|Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee||$23,775.00|
The indicative first year fee is an approximate cost of enrolling in this course for one academic year. Your actual fees may vary, depending on the units that you select to study and the number of units you study per term. You can view unit fees in the Cost Per Unit table. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.
- Indicative fees for Graduate Certificate courses are based on studying four units in an academic year.
- Indicative fees for Graduate Diploma and Master courses are based on studying eight units in an academic year.
|Fee Category||Full fee paying place|
|What is a Full Fee Paying Place||As a full fee-paying student, you are required to pay full tuition fees for your course.|
|Fee Type||Tuition Fees|
|What is my tuition fee?||
Your tuition fees are charged per unit of study based on the credit point value of each unit. Our Tuition Fee Schedules provide an estimate of fees per unit. You can also view fees specific to the course, and units, you are interested in studying by using our Cost Per Unit table.
|FEE-HELP and payment options||
FEE-HELP is the loan scheme provided the Australian Government to help eligible students pay their tuition fees through a loan. Eligible students can use a FEE-HELP loan to pay for all or some of their tuition fees. If you elect to use a FEE-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your tuition fees and repay your FEE-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold.
|Other Fees||You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.|
|Other study costs||You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying.|
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What’s the best way to apply?
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- Option 2: Ideal for all other states.
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If you live in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory or Tasmania, submit your application directly to CQUniversity.