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Master of Professional Accounting

A single 1.5 year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Business and Economics

  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.

The Master of Professional Accounting allows graduates to develop skills in accounting and the ability to analyse accounting-related issues. The program allows students with prior studies in cognate disciplines to specialise in accounting and meet the education entry requirements for the Australian accounting professional bodies.

The program is taught by research active academic staff. Students are exposed to professional and scholarly accounting development and research. With continuing high global demand for qualified accountants, graduates of the program have a wide range of career opportunities in accounting firms, government departments, banking and finance organisations, corporations and other related accounting fields.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Exercise judgement under supervision to analyse and solve accounting problems in diverse contexts using social, ethical, economic, regulatory and global perspectives
  2. Integrate theoretical and technical accounting knowledge which includes a selection of issues in auditing and assurance, finance, economics, quantitative methods, information systems, commercial law, corporation law and taxation law, and with an understanding of issues in accounting development and accounting research
  3. Critically apply theoretical and technical accounting knowledge and skills to evaluate complex accounting problems
  4. Justify and communicate accounting advice and ideas in diverse collaborative contexts involving both accountants and non-accountants
  5. Seek and reflect on performance feedback to identify and action learning opportunities and self-improvements and initiate this process for others

Further Information

For Domestic Students applying through UAC: If you have completed an overseas qualification, please send a scanned copy of your original testamur (graduation certificate) and academic transcript through to The scanned documents should be in colour and unaltered in size. Please include your name and UAC number in the email.

Students commencing the Master of Professional Accounting in 2016 as new students are required to study INFS7004 Accounting Information Systems as one of ten compulsory courses. Continuing students who transfer into the Master of Professional Accounting in 2016 have permission to count the former compulsory course INFS7040 Electronic Commerce for Managers towards their degree instead of INFS7004. A student who makes use of this permission needs to confirm with CPA Australia or other relevant professional accounting bodies that these will accept INFS7040 as well for the purpose of exemption assessment.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 65%, and with courses in at least one of the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Business information systems
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Actuarial studies
  • Mathematics
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • International Business

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

Master of Professional Accounting requires the completion of 72 units, which must consist of:

60 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

BUSN7005 Contemporary Issues in Accounting

BUSN7008 Financial Statements and Reporting

BUSN7031 Management Accounting and Cost Analysis

BUSN7050 Corporate Accounting

BUSN7052 Commercial Law

BUSN7057 Business Association Law

ECON8069 Business Economics

FINM7006 Foundations of Finance

INFS7004 Accounting Information Systems

STAT7055 Introductory Statistics for Business and Finance

12 units from completion of postgraduate courses from the following subject areas:

ACST Actuarial Studies

BUSI Business

BUSN Business

ECHI Economic History

ECON Economics

EMET Econometrics

FINM Financial Management

INFS Information Systems

MGMT Management

MKTG Marketing

MMIB Management, Marketing & International Business

STAT Statistics

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