Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting
Course summary for local students
|Year||2015 course information|
|Award granted||Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)|
|Length||1 year full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)
|Indicative annual fee 2015||$23,950* - Full-fee paying place|
Postgraduate Student Administration
|Level||Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)|
|Deakin course code||M696|
M696 was previously titled Graduate Diploma of Accounting.
- Course overview
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
- Further study
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.
The Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting may provide eligibility to join in the programs of CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, the Institute of Public Accountants and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Fees and charges
This is a fee-paying course. Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance in paying these tuition fees. For more information about FEE-HELP go to deakin.edu.au/fees.
Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.
* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.
As an accounting graduate you may find employment in major international accounting firms, investment banks and virtually every area of business and government.
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 of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)
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.
|MAA703||Accounting for Management 1, 2, 4|
|MAA716||Financial Accounting 1, 2|
|MAA725||Advanced Accounting Principles and Practice 1, 2|
|MLC707||Commercial and Corporations Law 1, 2|
|MPA701||Accounting 1, 2|
|MPT753/MPF753||Finance 1, 2, 4 #|
Select 2 credit points of units from:
|MAA705||Corporate Auditing 2, 3, 4|
|MLC703||Principles of Income Tax Law 2, 3, 4|
|MPT781/MPE781||Economics for Managers 1, 2 #|
|MPM701||Business Process Management 1, 2|
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.
Entry requirements - general
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.
Entry requirements - specific
- A 3 year bachelor's degree or AQF equivalent.
Successful completion of M506 Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting* allows students to articulate into this course.
* previously titled Graduate Certificate of Accounting
Credit for prior learning - general
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
How to apply
Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.
Further studyM720 Master of Professional Accounting
D706 Master of Professional Accounting/Master of Commerce
M705 Master of Commerce
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.