Master of Professional Accounting

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Master of Professional Accounting
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Duration1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code073435B
Deakin course codeM720

Students who commenced this course prior to 2012 should discuss unit selections with their enrolment officer.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin's Master of Professional Accounting aims to provide graduates from an accounting or non-accounting background with the opportunity to undertake studies with the professional bodies.

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.

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Accounting or the Graduate Diploma of Accounting allows articulation into the Master of Professional Accounting.

Course Learning Outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcome Course Learning Outcome
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of current and emerging accounting concepts and practices in contemporary business.
Communication Use advanced communication skills to justify and communicate complex accounting concepts and ideas to both accountants and non-accountants
Digital literacy Select and apply appropriate digital technologies to find, use, manage and disseminate complex accounting and business data, information and ideas.
Critical thinking Use a specialised set of high order cognitive and critical analysis skills expected of accounting professionals in contemporary business to evaluate, synthesise and justify complex ideas and recommendations.
Problem solving Develop solutions to real world and ill-defined problems faced by accounting professionals in business.
Self-management Use acquired skills to undertake own work and learning and conduct independent research.
Teamwork Collaborate and communicate in teams to interpret decision-relevant information and develop accounting and business advice and ideas.
Global citizenship Engage ethically, professionally and productively in a professional accounting and business context in light of changing global perspectives.
  Approved by Faculty Board October 2014

Fees and charges

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
Not applicable$26,000$33,000

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

Course rules

The Master of Professional Accounting requires completion of 12 credit points comprising 8 credit points of core units and 4 credit points of elective units.

Course structure

Core units

MAA703Accounting for Management 1, 2, 4

MAA716Financial Accounting 1, 2

MAA725Advanced Accounting Principles and Practice 1, 2

MAA753Professional Research and Analysis for Accountants

MAA763Governance and Fraud

MLC707Commercial and Corporations Law 1, 2

MPA701Accounting 1, 2

MPT753/MPF753Finance 1, 2, 4 #

Elective units

Select 4 credit points of units from:

MAA705Corporate Auditing 2, 3, 4

MAA744Strategic Management Accounting

MLC703Principles of Income Tax Law 2, 3

MPM701Business Process Management 1, 2

MPT781/MPE781Economics for Managers 1, 2 #

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.

Please note: The eligibility of students for membership of any of the accounting accrediting bodies is subject to meeting the requirements of that body and that Deakin makes no representations that individuals will meet those requirements.