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Master of Professional Accounting/Master of Commerce

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Master of Professional Accounting / Master of Commerce

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Duration2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code054579K
Deakin course codeD706

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Professional Accounting/Master of Commerce aims to provide graduates from an accounting or non-accounting background with the opportunity to undertake graduate studies leading to two Masters degrees – the Master of Professional Accounting and the Master of Commerce.


By selecting the correct combination of units in one of our professionally accredited courses provides an opportunity to be eligible to apply for admission to the:

CA Program for the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA)
Associate membership for the CPA Program, CPA Australia

IPA Program for the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)
Exemptions may apply for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).


Students should consult with a Faculty course adviser to identify the units required by each professional body, and also consult with the professional body. Eligibility may depend on work place experience.

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Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.


Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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Course rules

The Master of Professional Accounting/Master of Commerce requires completion of 16 credit points comprising 7 credit points of core units and 9 credit points of elective units (selection of elective units must form a Master of Commerce specialisation; see below for details of the Master of Commerce specialisations offered under this course).

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Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.


Arts and Entertainment Management
Business Systems Development^

Business Analytics

Commercial Law ^

eBusiness and Supply Chain Management

Electronic Business^
Enterprise Security Management^

Enterprise Systems^

Financial Planning
Information Systems Project Management^
Insurance and Risk Management
International Trade and Business
Management Information Systems^

Project Management

Public Sector Studies 

Retail Management

Social Media and Mobile Strategies

Supply Chain Management^


^ Offered to continuing students only

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Course structure

Core units

MAA703 Accounting for Management  1, 2, 4

MAA716 Financial Accounting  1, 2

MAA725 Advanced Accounting Principles and Practice  1, 2, 4

MPA701 Accounting  1, 2

MPE781 Economics for Managers  1, 2


MPT781 Economics for Managers (Tour)  #

MPF753/MPT753 Finance  1, 2 #

MPM701 Business Process Management  1, 2, 4


Elective units

Select 9 credit points of units from:

MAA705 Corporate Auditing  2, 3, 4

MLC703 Principles of Income Tax Law  2, 3, 4

MLC707 Commercial and Corporations Law  1, 2


Note: Selection of elective units must form a specialisation from

M705 Master of Commerce 


or units from the Master of International Finance and the  Master of Financial Planning.


Other postgraduate units may be taken subject to the approval of the Course Team Chair.


# MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit.


1 Required by CPA Australia for Associate (foundation level) Membership.
2 Required by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia for entry to the CA Program.
3 For candidates who have completed an accredited degree in Australia, this unit may be taken as part of the CPA program. Other students must complete the unit before becoming an Associate Member of CPA Australia.
4 For candidates who would like to obtain exemptions to the ACCA program.

Students should carefully note the trimesters when units are offered to ensure that all required units can be completed in the appropriate time frame.

Students who wish to enter the CA, CPA programs or exemptions to the ACCA program are advised that it is their responsibility to ensure that they take the appropriate units required for entry.

Students who have completed prior undergraduate or graduate units in accounting or other core knowledge areas are advised to have their qualifications assessed by their preferred professional organisation to ensure they complete the correct units.


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8th June 2007