Master of Professional Accounting Accelerated - CM47

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.

Gain professional skills across accounting, finance, computer software applications, economics, statistics, and business law while also developing the analytical and research skills needed in a rapidly changing industry. You will be well prepared to embrace new and cloud-based accounting solutions to take advantage of the demand for professional accountants globally.






1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time



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 related discipline and allows you to fast-track your studies, completing a professional accounting qualification in as little as 18 months' 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. 

Core Units 12 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

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.

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.

The Master of Professional Accounting Accelerated has been developed in consultation with CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and accreditation is pending. 

The Master of Professional Accounting Accelerated can be completed in 18 months of full-time study and is suitable if you have completed an undergraduate degree in a business discipline including finance, human resources, marketing, management or property. The accelerated design is ideal if you are a business professional looking to broaden your career opportunities with an accounting qualification.  

If your undergraduate degree is in a discipline other than business, our Master of Professional Accounting is for you.

Benefit from the flexibility to study where and how it suits you with online study. As an online student, you will benefit from the latest in learning technology that keeps you connected and supported throughout your studies. 

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2024Available Online
Term 2 - 2023Available Online
Term 2 - 2024Available Online
Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
Work-integrated learning does not apply to this course.
This course has no residential schools.

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.

Security Requirements

There are no security requirements.

Health Requirements

There are no health requirements.

Assumed Knowledge

There are no prior study recommendations.

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.

An application for accreditation for this new course has been submitted to CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). Their decisions are pending.

5-yearly reaccreditation of the Master of Professional Accounting with the professional bodies was approved in 2019.

For eligibility criteria for membership of the Professional Bodies refer to these websites: (CPA Australia) (CAANZ) (IPA)

2023 Indicative Fees
Fee TypeFees
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$24,496.00

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year. Your fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees.

Government assistance loans

You may be eligible for FEE-HELP, an Australian Government loan scheme that helps eligible students pay their tuition fees. Provided you meet the FEE-HELP eligibility criteria, you can choose to use FEE-HELP to cover all or part of your tuition fees. Learn more about paying for university or view the FEE-HELP information booklet on the Australian Government’s Study Assist website.

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.

At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way. Before you apply, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you do not have a USI, creating one is quick and easy. Simply visit to create one.

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What’s the best way to apply?

  • Option 1: Ideal for Western Australian residents or those who want to study in Western Australia.
  • Option 2: Ideal for all other states.

Option 1: Western Australian residents and those who want to study in Western Australia

If you live in Western Australia or are planning to study in Western Australia, apply via our ApplyCQUni portal.


Option 2: Ideal for those who live in any of the following states - Apply direct

If you live in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory or Tasmania, submit your application directly to CQUniversity.
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