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Master of Professional Accounting

DURATION: 2 years full time

ENTRY POINTS: February/July/November

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

The Master of Professional Accounting provides you with the skills and knowledge required to be successful when working in the finance or accounting fields. Theses programs focus on teaching the knowledge and skills in the areas of accounting, finance, computer software applications, economics, statistics, and business law. Upon completion of these programs you will havethe ability to undertake accounting analysis, research and provide advice.

The Master of Professional Accounting is aimed at those who have completed an undergraduate degree. It is suitable if you are interested in a career change and employment in accounting and financial management orientated careers. This two-year program (full-time) or three years (part-time) is offered both on-campus and by distance education. Within this program you will study 12 core courses in accounting in areas such as issues in financial accounting, auditing and ethical practice, Australian taxation law and economics for business.

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 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 and provide you with the skills you need to work in many different areas of accounting.

Why Study Master of Professional Accounting 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.


Entry requirements for the Master of Professional Accounting include:

  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline from an Australian university; or
  • A qualification from an overseas institution or organisation assessed as being at least 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

You are required to complete 12 core courses (96 units of credit) to graduate with the Master of Professional Accounting.

Professional Recognition

The program is accredited with Australia's professional bodies and is regularly reviewed to maintain accreditation and ensure the content of the program is relevant to industry needs. As a graduate, you are eligible for membership of CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA), and the National Institute of Accountants (NIA), and conditional upon elective courses selected, the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA).  However, these organisations accredit each campus individually, so you should check the current status of accreditation for your desired study location.


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