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Master of Accounting

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

  • Length 2 years full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
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The Master of Accounting allows students to develop accounting skills and the ability to undertake independent research and critical thinking.

For students with limited or no prior accounting training, the program offers conversion courses that allow them to meet the education entry requirements of the Australian accounting professional bodies. Students who need to complete additional courses to gain Australian accounting accreditation can also do this as part of the program. Students with prior accounting studies will take more advanced accounting courses, and have the opportunity to undertake more substantial research projects.

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.

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

Learning Outcomes

Upon 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 in professional and research context
  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

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 65%.

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.

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 Foundations of Finance

STAT7055 Introductory Statistics for Business and Finance

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

BUSN7005 Contemporary Issues in Accounting

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

BUSN7052 Commercial Law

A maximum of 48 units from completion of courses from the following list:

BUSN7021 Taxation Law

BUSN7054 Auditing and Assurance Services

BUSN7057 Business Association Law

BUSN8007 Analysis of Financial Reporting

BUSN8013 Seminar in Research Method in Commerce

BUSN8016 Taxation Concepts and Issues

BUSN8018 Qualitative Research Methods

BUSN8056 Advanced Auditing and Assurance Services

BUSN8110 Foundations of Management Accounting Research

BUSN8801 Commerce Research Report

BUSN8802 Master Research Project (Commerce)

BUSN8803 Master Sub-Thesis (Commerce)

BUSN8804 Master Sub-Thesis (Commerce)

INFS7004 Accounting Information Systems

INFS7040 Electronic Commerce for Managers

Indicative Fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
Annual indicative fee for domestic 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.

Additional Information

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). Back to the top

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