Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting

Course summary for current students

Award granted Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeM696

M696 was previously titled Graduate Diploma of Accounting.


Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting provides you with the opportunity to undertake graduate studies towards membership of CPA Australia or entry into the CA Program.

The course will provide you with the skills, technical knowledge and understanding required in accounting and finance, and their application within the broader world of business.

Upon completing the Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting you can progress to the Master of Professional Accounting, Master of Commerce, or Master of Professional Accounting/Master of Commerce.

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

Course rules

The Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting requires students to complete 8 credit points of units comprising 6 credit points of core units and 2 credit points of elective units.

Commerce graduates will normally be precluded from one or more of the units and will be required to undertake substitute units.

Completion of the Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting and selecting the correct combination of units in one of our professionally accredited courses, provides the opportunity for students 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)
and
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.

 

Course structure

Core units

MAA703Accounting for Management 1, 2, 4

MAA716Financial Accounting 1, 2

MAA725Advanced Accounting Principles and Practice 1, 2

MLC707Commercial and Corporations Law 1, 2

MPA701Accounting 1, 2

MPT753/MPF753Finance 1, 2, 4 #

Elective units

Select 2 credit points of units from:

MAA705Corporate Auditing 2, 3, 4

MLC703Principles of Income Tax Law 2, 3, 4

MPT781/MPE781Economics for Managers 1, 2 #

MPM701Business Process Management 1, 2

or units from the Master of Professional Accounting, 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.

Notes:
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.


Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for prior learning into the Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting may be granted to students who have successfully completed appropriate postgraduate studies.  There are negotiated credit for prior learning arrangements in place for CPA members.

 

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