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  • Length 1.5 years full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
Admission requirements
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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.

About this degree

The 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

INFS7004 Accounting Information Systems

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

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 Monday of week 2 of each semester without penalty.

2017 Study Plans


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

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.

Please refer to the CBE Fast Track page: 

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