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CC57 - Master of Professional Accounting


At a glance

If you are interested in employment in accounting and financial management orientated careers the Master of Professional Accounting is for you.

Study modes On-Campus, Online
Units/credits 16/96
Availability Brisbane; Melbourne; Sydney; Online Study
Duration 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Intake dates March, July, November
CRICOS 084507M

Career opportunities

If you are interested in employment in accounting and financial management orientated careers, this course is for you. Potential fields of employment include financial accounting, management accounting, taxation auditing, teaching, finance, banking management, administration, consulting or business advisory services.

Professional recognition

This course is fully accredited and meets the membership requirements of the three accounting bodies in Australia - CPA Australia and the Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) together with the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

CPA Australia ( "connects students and graduates to the world of success". Students and graduates are encouraged to become a CPA whether "you're starting university or establishing yourself as a professional, so get ahead in the career you want by joining our global network of over 200,000 students and young professionals".

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand ( was “established with a goal to provide a professional membership body relevant to our members, equipping them to stand out in today's marketplace".  CAANZ are committed to "operating with the highest level of professional integrity, leading with truth and accuracy of judgment and taking an active approach to thought leadership with tangible outputs and results".

The Institute of Public Accountants (  was established over 90 years ago, is dedicated to supporting accountants operating in the SME/SMP arena, with a wide range of tools and services that add true value to today’s productive and busy accounting graduates.  The IPA offers students and graduates opportunities for professional development, networking, career coaching and member discounts on a wide range of services at both a personal and business level.



The Master of Professional Accounting will equip you with professional skills in accounting, finance, computer software applications, economics, statistics, and business law. This course is suited to you if you meet the entry requirements and seek a career in accounting in Australia. The course will introduce you to the advanced research and analysis skills that are highly sought in business.

Why Study at CQUniversity

If you want to learn how business works, and like to strategise and manage, a course in business may be for you. There are no limitations to where a business qualification can take you. Choose from a broad spectrum of fields, and develop highly desired, transferable skills such as teamwork and communication.

Wide choice of study areas
Select from arts, accounting, business, hospitality, human resource management, information systems, management, marketing, professional communication, property, public relations, retail, supply chain management, tourism, warehousing and more to suit your personal interests and career goals.

Benefit from the flexibility to study full-time or part-time and either on-campus or by online study. Choose from a number of majors, minors and elective units to individually tailor your learning to suit you.

Graduate work ready
At CQUniversity, we provide the right mix of theory and practical experiences to ensure you graduate work ready, making you attractive to employers and helping to broaden your career opportunities.

Life-long learning
You will have the opportunity to gain crucial life-long learning and transferable generic skills, such as critical thinking and problem-solving. You will be able to apply these skills to a range of employment opportunities and life situations.

Postgraduate and research
CQUniversity offers a range of postgraduate and research courses.

Structure and assessment

Program Structure

For detailed information regarding the course structure and core units, please visit the CQUniversity handbook.

Course information

For example units you could study as part of the Master of Professional Accounting course please click here.

As CQUniversity is committed to providing quality, up-to-date and relevant education, please note units are refreshed regularly and may not be an exact indication of unit availability for your study. Please call 13 27 86 if you have specific questions regarding unit information regarding your specific application.

Credit transfer information

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

Entry requirements

Course Requirements

To successfully complete your studies, you may be required to demonstrate that you can meet course requirements associated with your course. For more information on these course requirements please view the ‘Course Requirements’ section found under the ‘What do I need to start?’ page under the ‘Getting Started’ tab of the Student Handbook . Additional information on student placements and work integrated learning can also be found in the Student Handbook, on the ‘Course Features’ page under ‘Getting Started’.

Entry Requirements

For entry into the Master of Professional Accounting, you are required to possess one of the following:

  • an undergraduate degree in any discipline from an Australian university; or
  • a graduate diploma in any discipline from an Australian university; or
  • a qualification from an overseas institution or organisation assessed as being equivalent to the above by the professional bodies that accredit this program of study.

If you have successfully completed the CQUniversity Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting you will be eligible to apply for credit for courses already completed.

Advanced standing (credit for prior learning) Students may be eligible for exemptions of up to 48 credit points for previous graduate level studies in business or accounting. Exemptions up to 24 credit points may be granted for previous undergraduate studies in the same cognate area.

English Requirements

International Students

If you have English as your second language (international or domestic students born outside of Australia, Canada, NZ, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA), you need to meet different English language proficiency requirements depending on the level of study and/or course you wish to undertake. Click here for more details.

Fees and scholarships


Degree-level students should check their Offer Letter to confirm the type of place they have been offered as this determines which fees apply to their enrolment. Students offered

  • Commonwealth supported places are liable to pay Student Contributions;
  • domestic full-fee places are liable to pay Tuition Fees;
  • international full-fee places are liable to pay International Tuition Fees.

In addition to these fees, degree-level students pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee. NOTE: Some students who are exempt from paying Student Contributions and Tuition Fees, e.g. Research Higher Degree candidates, will be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee.

Fees are calculated upon enrolment, and recalculated after any enrolment change made prior to census date. Fees are also recalculated after administrative changes or updates are made to a student record, e.g. changes to citizenship status or Fee Liability Category.

Once calculated, fees can be viewed by logging into MyCentre, which also allows students to view and print Fee Notices on demand. The due date for payment is detailed on the Fee Notice.

PLEASE NOTE that paper Fee Notices are not issued by CQUniversity – students must access their Fee Notices in MyCentre.

For current degree-level fee schedules and information about HELP schemes, please select from the following:


Please see our Scholarships site for scholarships that you may be interested in.

How to Apply


You've made an excellent choice. Now that you've decided to train or study at CQUniversity, the next step is to apply, and we're here to assist you every step of the way.

You can apply to study Master of Professional Accounting by clicking the Apply Now button below.

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For Western Australia applicants please use our Apply WA portal.

Should you require any assistance please contact our Student Advice team by calling 13 27 86 or send us an email via

For more information on applying for Master of Professional Accounting, please click here.

For further information

If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 13 27 86.

You can also register your interest to stay up-to-date with course developments, application timelines and events happening in your area.

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Key dates

16 JAN
Online Chat Session
07 FEB
Online Chat Session