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Master of Professional Accounting (Non Graduate Entry)

DURATION: 2.5 years full time

ENTRY POINTS: February/July/November

LOCATION: Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Rockhampton

This two and a half-year (full-time) master degree provides you with a transition from vocational study to higher education studies. This program is designed for those who have completed a two year post-Year 12 qualification, (equivalent to an Australian diploma) wishing to undertake further study in the area of accounting. If you have not completed university this program provides you with an opportunity to study a masters program and move into careers within the accounting and finance fields. This master degree requires an additional six months study in comparison to the Master of Professional Accounting. Within the non-graduate program you will study 14 core courses and two electives in the areas of accounting and finance. The additional courses studied ensures that you graduate with the equivalent skills and knowledge to a student who has completed prior tertiary study and the masters program.

You may exit either of these programs after a specific number of courses are completed with a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting qualifications.

What am I studying?

Accounting has changed! Accountants are no longer merely bookkeepers. They perform a wide range of duties and have innumerable career opportunities.

This is a specialised and specific program which equips graduates in non-accounting disciplines with the necessary skills for employment in accounting and financial management orientated careers.

This program will further develop your technical skills, while honing your analytic and problem-solving abilities. Your studies will have a wide base, including such areas as computing, economics and auditing, so you will have the skills you need to work in many different areas of accounting.

Why Study Master of Professional Accounting (Non Graduate Entry) at CQUni

CQUniversity’s postgraduate business programs are designed to expand and build on your existing expertise and skills, in turn equipping you with everything you need to advance your career or shift it in a new direction.

We understand that both your professional and personal life is already busy, so we offer a flexible learning environment where you can combine your study with your career and lifestyle.  We do this by providing you with a choice of on-campus or distance education study options in either full-time or part-time modes, so you can tailor your study to suit your individual needs.

Our core business programs offer you a choice of specialisation – namely in human resource management, international business, engineering and marketing management, all of which are accredited with relevant industry bodies.   Whatever program you choose, you can be rest assured that it will be up-to-date and relevant to the latest industry practices, and will be delivered by some of the finest and most experienced lecturers and academics in the field.

At CQUniversity our aim is to help you achieve your personal and professional goals.  So whether you are looking to boost and widen your career prospects or to satisfy a desire for further learning, CQUniversity can deliver everything you need for a successful career.


Students must have completed:

  • a two-year, post-Year 12 qualification recognised as being at least equivalent to an Australian diploma; or
  • a qualification from an overseas institution or organisation assessed as being equivalent to the above by the professional bodies that accredit this program of study.

Career Opportunities

For graduates looking to redirect their career, this program 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.

Program Structure

Students must complete 16 courses (128 units of credit) to graduate with the Master of Professional Accounting.

Professional Recognition

This program is accredited by the CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) and the National Institute of Accountants (NIA). However, these organisations accredit each campus individually, so students should check the current status of accreditation for their desired study location.



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