single degree

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

Please note there are TWO recent important changes to CPA accreditation:

- Students commencing in Semester 2, 2017 are required to take BUSN7021 Taxation Law as one of the compulsory courses.

- Students who commenced the Master of Professional Accounting in 2016 are required to study INFS7004 Accounting Information Systems as one of ten compulsory courses. Continuing students who transferred 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 they will accept INFS7040 as well for the purpose of exemption assessment.

Detailed information is available on CPA website here:

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7, 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

Program Requirements

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

72 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
BUSN7021 Taxation Law
BUSN7052 Commercial Law 
BUSN7054 Auditing and Assurance Services
BUSN7057 Business Association Law
ECON8069 Business Economics
FINM7006 Applied Foundations of Finance
INFS7004 Accounting Information Systems
STAT7055 Introductory Statistics for Business and Finance

Study Options

Year 1 48 units BUSN7008 Financial Statements and Reporting 6 units FINM7006 Applied Foundations of Finance 6 units BUSN7052 Commercial Law 6 units STAT7055 Introductory Statistics for Business and Finance 6 units
BUSN7031 Management Accounting and Cost Analysis 6 units BUSN7057 Business Association Law 6 units ECON8069 Business Economics 6 units BUSN7050 Corporate Accounting 6 units
Year 2 BUSN7005 Contemporary Issues in Accounting 6 units INFS7004 Accounting Information Systems 6 units BUSN7021 Taxation Law 6 units BUSN7054 Auditing and Assurance Services 6 units

About this degree

Students who are seeking a CPA or a CA associate membership are required to complete the following (if they have not done any accounting courses in their previous studies):
-BUSN7008, STAT7055, FINM7006, ECON8069, INFS7004, BUSN7050, BUSN7052, BUSN7005, BUSN7031, BUSN7057, BUSN7021 and BUSN7054.

Enrolment Status

It is possible to enrol in less than 24 units per semester but it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be enrolled full-time in 24 units each semester.

You are encouraged to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester.  You will be able to change your enrolment in courses up until Monday of week 2 of each semester without penalty.

Study Options

Master of Professional Accounting

Typical full-time study plan

Academic Advice

Before applying for any exemptions towards the program, students (except the ANU students) should include an assessment of their qualification completed by either CPA Australia or the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. If you are eligible for exemptions, you will need to substitute the exempted courses with CBE electives. Please note students will not receive any credit unless they are a full CPA or a CA.

If after reading through these guidelines you are unsure about your which courses to enrol in, you can seek academic advice during Orientation week and the first week of each semester, or contact your program convenor, Dr Rebecca Tan.

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