The Master of Professional Accounting will equip you with professional skills in accounting, finance, computer software applications, economics, statistics, and business law. It is suited to those students who meet the entry requirements and seek a career in accounting in Australia. The course will also introduce you to applied research and analysis skills that are highly sought in business. You will have the opportunity to study advanced areas in forensic accounting, financial data analytics and finance, or take a business internship.
For graduates looking to redirect their career, this course is for you. It is suitable for persons who are interested in employment in accounting and financial management orientated careers. Potential fields of employment include financial accounting, management accounting, taxation auditing, teaching finance, banking management, administration, consulting or business advisory services.
|Duration||2 years full-time or 4 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||96|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).|
|Expected Hours of Study||One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.|
|Course Type||Postgraduate Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||MProfAcct|
|AQF Level||Level 9: Masters Degree (Coursework)|
To gain entry to this course, students must have:
- A non-accounting undergraduate degree in any discipline from an Australian university, or AQF equivalent from an overseas institution; or
- An AQF equivalent accounting bachelor degree received from an overseas institution or organisation, that does not meet accreditation with an Australian Accounting registration body for associate membership purposes; or
- A graduate diploma in any discipline from an Australian university.
International students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international/ for further information, including English language requirements.
Students who have successfully completed the CQUniversity Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting will be eligible to apply for credit for units already completed.
Advanced standing (credit for prior learning)
Exemptions up to 24 credit points may be granted for previous undergraduate studies in business or accounting.
Students may be eligible for exemptions of up to 48 credit points for previous graduate level studies in business or accounting.
No information is available at this time.
|Interim Awards||CC38 - Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting CC35 - Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting|
|Exit Awards||CC38 - Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting CC35 - Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting|
Accreditation for this course by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and meets the membership requirements of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) - Associate Member IPA status. These organisations accredit each campus individually, so students must check the current status of accreditation for their desired study location.
For eligibility criteria for membership of the Professional Bodies refer to these websites:
www.cpaaustralia.com.au (CPA Australia)
|Learned Society Accreditation||Not applicable|
No Residential School for this course.
|Year||Number of Students|
Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.
If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.
|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5||6||7|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice|
|2. KNOWLEDGE Have an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship|
|4. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice|
|5. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level|
|6. SKILLS Have communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences|
|7. SKILLS Have technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning|
|9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use high level personal autonomy and accountability|
|10 APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.|
|Number of units: 14||Total credit points: 84|
ALL students must undertake the following core units.
Students must complete one major and also have the option to complete an internship or elective stream in this course and should plan their enrolment according to the core requirements of their chosen stream. It is highly recommended that students consult a Course Advisor in order to plan their enrolment from the commencement of their course. Students must follow the approved planner and undertake the internship in their final term of study.
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|ECON20039||Economics for Managers|
|ACCT20070||Accounting in Australia|
|ACCT20071||Foundations in Accounting|
|ACCT20076||Foundations of Management Accounting|
|ACCT20072||Accounting Systems and Information Assurance|
|ACCT20074||Contemporary Accounting Theory|
|ACCT20075||Auditing and Ethics|
|ACCT20080||Ethics and Governance|
|LAWS20058||Australian Commercial Law|
|STAT20029||Statistics for Managerial Decisions|
|LAWS20059||Corporations and Business Structures|
|LAWS20060||Taxation Law of Australia|
|Number of units: 2||Total credit points: 12|
Students who meet the prerequisite requirements and choose an internship stream in order to apply the knowledge and skills gained in this course to a professional workplace will undertake the unit BUSN20020 Business Internship.
Following the application and selection process, students placed with a host organisation will undertake their work placement for 10 consecutive weeks, working standard office hours for four days per week - approximately 320 hours in total. International students should check their work rights on their individual visa to ensure they remain compliant with visa conditions at all times. More information about visa conditions can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website. Please consult a Course Advisor as you will not be able to enrol in BUSN20020 yourself.
Students who choose, instead, to undertake the elective stream in order to enhance their career development through the study of complementary units should enrol in other units from the list provided below.
|Students may choose to do any of the following:|
|ACCT20081||Financial Data Analytics|
|FINC20019||Money and Capital Market Analysis|
|FINC20023||International Financial Management|
|FINC20028||Risk Management and Insurance|