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Master of Accounting

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

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.

The Master of Accounting allows students to develop accounting skills and critical thinking. Students with limited or no prior accounting training can undertake courses that allow them to meet the entry requirements of the Australian accounting professional bodies. Students who need additional courses to gain entry to Australian professional bodies can also complete this as part of the program. Students with prior accounting studies will take more advanced accounting courses.

The program is taught by research active academic staff. Students are exposed to professional and scholarly academic accounting research, enhancing their academic and professional competence.


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

Graduates who have successfully completed the Master of Accounting will have the skills and knowledge to:


Exercise judgement under supervision to analyse and solve accounting problems in diverse contexts using social, ethical, economic, regulatory and global perspectives


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

Application Skills

Critically apply theoretical and technical accounting knowledge and skills to evaluate complex accounting problems in professional and research context

Communication and Teamwork

Justify and communicate accounting advice and ideas in diverse collaborative contexts involving both accountants and non-accountants


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 students who are commencing in Semester 2, 2017 are required to take BUSN7021 Taxation Law in their program to meet the CPA accreditation requirements, in addition to other accredited courses, if they wish to meet the CPA accreditation requirements.


Students in the Master of Accounting may be able to undertake 6 units as an internship. Internships are offered in Semester 1 and Semester 2 and selection is on a competitive basis. More information about the internship program can be found on the College website:

Course credit for prior study:

If you are seeking exemptions as a student who completed accounting courses at an Australian University, you are required to provide your academic transcript and a table which matches the courses that you completed, with CPA or CA accredited courses if you are seeking exemptions.

Students who completed accounting courses or a Bachelor of Accounting degree at an overseas University are required to provide a copy of assessment letter by CPA or CA if they are seeking exemptions. Please note College will not be able to grant any exemptions without receiving CPA or CA's assessment of your qualifications.

Please note we only accept notarised or translated outlines with the university seal or translated outlines by NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters).

Admission Requirements

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

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

Applicants with a Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (1 year) of credit.


Cognate Disciplines

Accounting, Actuarial studies, Business, Business information systems, Computing science, Economics, Finance, International business, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Statistics

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 Accounting requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

24 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

BUSN7008 Financial Statements and Reporting
ECON8069 Business Economics
FINM7006 Applied Foundations of Finance
STAT7055 Introductory Statistics for Business and Finance

A minimum of 36 units from completion of courses from the following list:

BUSN7006 Public Sector Accounting and Reporting
BUSN7017 Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, Accountability and Reporting
BUSN7031 Management Accounting and Cost Analysis
BUSN7036 Financial Statement Analysis
BUSN7045 Corporate Governance
BUSN7050 Corporate Accounting
BUSN7051 Accounting Analytics
BUSN7052 Commercial Law
INFS7004 Accounting Information Systems

A minimum of 24 units from completion of courses from the following list:

BUSN7005 Contemporary Issues in Accounting
BUSN7021 Taxation Law
BUSN7049 Corporate Financial Reporting
BUSN7054 Auditing and Assurance Services
BUSN7057 Business Association Law

A maximum of 12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

BUSN8007 Analysis of Financial Reporting
BUSN8801 Commerce Research Report

Study Options

Year 1 48 units BUSN7008 Financial Statements and Reporting 6 units FINM7006 Applied Foundations of Finance 6 units STAT7055 Introductory Statistics for Business and Finance 6 units BUSN7052 Commercial Law 6 units
BUSN7031 Management Accounting and Cost Analysis 6 units BUSN7050 Corporate Accounting 6 units BUSN7057 Business Association Law 6 units ECON8069 Business Economics 6 units
Year 2 BUSN7005 Contemporary Issues in Accounting 6 units BUSN7049 Corporate Financial Reporting 6 units Two from BUSN7045 BUSN7006 BUSN7036 BUSN7051
INFS7004 Accounting Information Systems 6 units BUSN7054 Auditing and Assurance Services 6 units BUSN7021 Taxation Law 6 units One from BUSN7017 BUSN7051

Single degree

The program requires completion of 96 units. 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 Accounting

2-year Coursework

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 courses that you get exemptions 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 still unsure about your which courses to enrol in, you can seek an academic advice during Orientation week and the first week of each semester, or contact your program convenor, Dr Rebecca Tan.

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?


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