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Master of Professional Accounting

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

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

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

INFS7040 Electronic Commerce for Managers

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

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

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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.

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

ANU provides you with more choice for your entrance score by offering the new Flexible Double Degree program.

The ANU Flexible Double Degree lets you build skills for your chosen career without forfeiting your passion.  It's your choice to build a double degree partnership that suits your head and your heart.

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.

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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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