single degree

Master of Applied Accounting

A single one year graduate award offered by the Research School of Accounting

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Accounting - general
  • Academic contact
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Accounting - general
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Masters of Applied Accounting requires completion of 48 units which must consist of:

24 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

BUSN7008 Financial Statements and Reporting

BUSN7031 Management Accounting and Cost Analysis

BUSN7050 Corporate Accounting

BUSN7052 Commercial Law

A minimum of 6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

BUSN7017 Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, Accountability and Reporting

BUSN7036 Financial Statement Analysis

BUSN8045 Corporate Governance

BUSN8801 Commerce Research Project

BUSN8066 Data Analytics in Contemporary Accounting


A maximum of 18 units from completion of courses from the following list:

BUSN6051 Accounting Analytics

BUSN6060 Special Topics in Commerce

BUSN7005 Contemporary Issues in Accounting 

BUSN7021 Taxation Law

BUSN7049 Corporate Financial Reporting

BUSN7054 Auditing and Assurance Services

BUSN7057 Business Association Law

BUSN8003 Advanced Managerial Decision Making

BUSN8101 Special Topics in Commerce

BUSN8068 Accounting for Sustainability

BUSN8067 Forensic Accounting

CBEA6070 College of Business and Economics Internship Program

FINM7006 Applied Foundations of Finance

Capstone Courses

[BUSN7017, BUSN7036, BUSN8801, BUSN8066, BUSN8045]

Admission Requirements

Applicants must present one of the following:

  • a Bachelor degree or international equivalent in a cognate discipline with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0
  • a Graduate Certificate or international equivalent in a cognate discipline with a minimum GPA of 4.0/7.0
  • a Graduate Diploma or international equivalent in a cognate discipline with a minimum GPA of 4.0/7.0

The admission requirements for the Master of Applied Accounting and Master of Financial Management double masters program are the same as above.

The GPA for a Bachelor program will be calculated from (i) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades and/or (ii) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades other than those from the last semester (or equivalent study period) of the Bachelor degree. The higher of the two calculations will be used as the basis for admission.

Cognate Disciplines: Accounting, Actuarial Studies, Business, Business Information Systems, Economics, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Public Administration, Statistics.

Ranking and English Proficiency: At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry. 

In line with the University's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors. Applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes. If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of: 

  • a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or
  • demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.

Further information: English language admission requirements and post-admission support

Diversity factors: As Australia‚Äôs national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.

Assessment of qualifications: Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

 Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

Credit Granted

Applicants may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit for courses completed towards an incomplete AQF Level 9 or above qualification.

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see:


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 Applied Accounting is a one year program for graduates who wish to equip themselves with essential accounting knowledge and skills, integrated with critical analysis and business research capabilities, that are fundamental to decision making in industry, government and private practice and highly valued by employers. The program is designed for graduates with prior studies in business or economics disciplines and provides them with a strong knowledge base in the core accounting areas and a choice of capstone courses. Students with prior accounting studies can also choose to study advanced accounting courses, including specialist elective courses in public sector accounting, tax and auditing. Students seeking CPA Australia or Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand accreditation are referred to the Master of Professional Accounting or Master of Accounting. This program can be combined with the Master of Financial Management in a double masters. Please refer to the Master of Applied Accounting and Master of Financial Management double masters program information.

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of essential accounting, accountability and governance knowledge in an organisational context.

  2. Critically apply essential knowledge in the discipline to accounting and business decision making.

  3. Analyse and evaluate contemporary accounting, accountability and governance issues informed by accounting-related research, industry practices and professional guidance.

  4. Integrate advanced accounting knowledge and analytical skills in undertaking applied research in the discipline.

Further Information

Students are allowed to substitute BUSN6003 Advanced Management Accounting for BUSN8003 Advanced Managerial Decision Making and BUSN6008 Financial Reporting By Corporations for BUSN7049 Corporate Financial Reporting in 2023.

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