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  • Length 1.5 years full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
Admission requirements
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  • Mode of delivery
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The Master of Professional Accounting is designed for students with prior studies in cognate disciplines to specialise in accounting and meet the education entry requirement for the Australian accounting professional bodies (CPA or CA).  

Single degree

  • This degree requires 72 units (12 courses)
  • 60 units-10 core courses
  • 12 units -2 elective courses (from the following codes: ACST, BUSN, BUSI, ECHI, ECON, EMET, FINM, INFS, MGMT, MKTG, MMIB, STAT)

About this degree

The program requires completion of 72 units consisting of 60 units of 10 core courses and 12 units of 2 elective courses. This program does not include a thesis component.

Enrolment Status

It is possible to enrol in fewer courses 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.

Remember you will need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester.  You will be able to change your enrolment in courses up until the end of week 2 of each semester without penalty.


Students are advised to include the courses BUSN7054 Auditing and Assurance Services and BUSN7021 Taxation Law as electives if they intend to join an Australian professional accounting body.

Study Options

Master of Professional Accounting

Typical full-time study plan

Study Options

Year 1 48 units BUSN7008 Financial Statements and Reporting 6 units BUSN7052 Commercial Law 6 units INFS7040 Electronic Commerce for Managers 6 units FINM7006 Foundations of Finance 6 units
STAT7055 Introductory Statistics for Business and Finance 6 units BUSN7031 Management Accounting and Cost Analysis 6 units BUSN7050 Corporate Accounting 6 units BUSN7057 Business Association Law 6 units

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, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia or the Institute of Public Accountants. 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 CPA or a CA.

If after reading through these guidelines you are unsure about your which courses to enrol in, you can come to an academic advice session at Melville Hall during Orientation week.

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