As a graduate in business or a cognate discipline, the Master of Professional Accounting Accelerated will equip you with professional skills in accounting, finance, computer software applications, economics, statistics, and business law, as well as analytical and research skills. The course allows you to add accounting to your existing qualifications to broaden your career opportunities.
If you are a business graduate or a graduate from a cognate discipline looking to redirect your career, this course is for you. It is suitable for graduates in business or a cognate discipline who are interested in employment in accounting and financial management orientated careers. Potential fields of employment include financial accounting, management accounting, taxation, auditing, finance, banking management, administration, consulting or business advisory services.
|Duration||1.5 years full-time or 3 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||72|
|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)||MProfAcctAccel|
|AQF Level||Level 9: Masters Degree (Coursework)|
Indicative Year - 2022
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
To be eligible for entry into this course, students must hold one of the following:
A completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent bachelor degree, or higher AQF equivalent qualification, in business or related field*; or
A completed AQF equivalent bachelor degree in accounting received from an overseas institution or organisation, that does not meet accreditation with an Australian Accounting registration body for associate membership purposes; or
A completed CQUniversity Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting.
*As this course is designed for students who do not already hold a completed accounting degree, a related field does not include accounting.
English Language Proficiency Requirements:
If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.
Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:
A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) diploma level qualification, or
Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0
completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.
If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below:
An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall & minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components
English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study and must appear on a single result certificate.
Each student will be assessed individually.
There are no security requirements.
There are no health requirements.
There are no prior study recommendations.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||CC38 - Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting CC35 - Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting|
An application for accreditation for this new course has been submitted to CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). Their decisions are pending.
5-yearly reaccreditation of the Master of Professional Accounting with the professional bodies was approved in 2019.
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.
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|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.|
|APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Communicate, interact and collaborate with others effectively in culturally or linguistically diverse contexts in a culturally respectful manner|
|Number of units: 12||Total credit points: 72|
Accreditation with CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and the Institute of Public Accountants is pending.
All students must undertake the following core units.
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|ACCT20070||Accounting in Australia|
|ACCT20071||Foundations in Accounting|
|ACCT20072||Accounting Systems and Information Assurance|
|ACCT20075||Auditing and Ethics|
|ACCT20076||Foundations of Management Accounting|
|ECON20039||Economics for Managers|
|LAWS20058||Australian Commercial Law|
|LAWS20059||Corporations and Business Structures|
|LAWS20060||Taxation Law of Australia|
|STAT20029||Statistics for Managerial Decisions|