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Start Date
February
July

Duration
2 year(s) full-time

Program Code
DMPC

SATAC Code
4CM183 (Internal)
4CM184 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Fees
$AU 27,900 per 1.0 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2018

Key features

  • Accredited by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and CPA Australia.
  • Designed to develop advanced knowledge and skills for accounting practice.
  • One of only five Australian universities to offer professional CPA papers within an accounting degree.
  • Undertake 150 hours of industry placement as an elective.
  • Develop analytical, business management, problem-solving and communication skills.
  • Be mentored by a senior business leader through the Executive Partners Program.
  • Ranked in the top one per cent worldwide1, and in the top two per cent most innovative universities in Asia2.

1One of just nine institutions in Australia and 163 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are a total pool of 16,585 business schools worldwide, AACSB, July 2016.
2Reuters Top 75: Asia’s Most Innovative Universities 2016

 

Snapshot

Snapshot

The Master of Professional Accounting will prepare you for practice as a professional accountant. You will develop analytical, general business management and problem-solving skills, and gain a comprehensive understanding of accounting practice.

Your studies will focus on financial and management accounting, finance, commercial law, taxation law and auditing. You’ll study contemporary research and real-life case studies with the opportunity to complete an industry placement in Australia or overseas. You will graduate well-equipped for a global career, knowledgeable in areas such as commerce, tax, financial management, and public practice.

Our summer and winter schools offer exciting study and learning opportunities. With options such as intensives and internships, you can spread your study load across the year and increase your exchange opportunities.

If you already have a business degree or another related qualification, you could be eligible for Advanced Standing and complete this degree in just 1.5 years.

Why Master of Professional Accounting

Why this Degree

UniSA’s Business School is one of the largest leading providers of accounting and finance education in Australia and Asia and is ranked in the top one per cent worldwide1.

You will gain an advanced understanding of accounting practice and develop analytical, business management, problem-solving and communication skills. Our industry experienced teaching staff work closely with leading professional bodies, ensuring the knowledge you take into your career will meet the dynamic needs of the accounting industry.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in the professional level of the CPA Program with CPA Australia as part of your master studies. You will graduate with a master degree fully accredited by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

One of just nine institutions in Australia and 163 globally to be accredited by EQUIS. There are a total pool of 16,585 business schools worldwide, AACSB, July 2016.

Real-world connections

Our teaching staff are industry experienced and maintain close working links with leading professional bodies such as CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. This collaboration ensures the knowledge you take into your career will meet the dynamic needs of industry, and your qualification remains relevant and applicable.

While you study you can get valuable industry experience through industry placements in Australia, or an international study experience through more than 60 exchange partners across Asia, Europe, North America and South America. Our links to UniSA’s research facilities ensure your learning is connected in to the latest technologies, theories and applications of knowledge.

Placements and internships bridge the gap between study and work. Our connections to industry create opportunities for you to grow. These experiences build confidence in the business world and give you a competitive edge.

Executive Partner Programme

Have you ever wanted to have career guidance from an experienced business mentor? As part of your studies, you can apply for our Executive Partner Programme. This is a unique opportunity for our postgraduate students to engage with highly successful industry executives to enhance their studies and career. Our Executive Partners are either active, semi-retired or recently retired business professionals who have a wealth of knowledge and want to help you achieve your goals.

Your career

Graduates can use their knowledge and skills to pursue accounting roles, both locally and abroad, in areas such as:

  • auditing
  • business advisory
  • financial reporting
  • management accounting
  • tax

Professional accreditation

The program is accredited by CPA Australia and satisfies the educational requirements for entry into the CPA Program.

The program is accredited by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and satisfies the educational requirements for entry into the Chartered Accountants Program.

Industry facts

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Employment for auditors, company secretaries and corporate treasurers in Australia is projected to increase by 22.3 per cent by 20201.

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

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Between now and 2020 employment for accountants, auditor and company secretaries in Australia is projected to increase by 17.1 per cent1.

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015 

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The Accounting Services industry has grown over the past five years on the back of steady economic growth and increasing demand for industry-specific advisory services1.

1 IBISWorld’s Accounting Services in Australia 2017

What others are saying

I enjoy studying at UniSA because of the world-class facilities, collections of quality study materials, student support services and quality lecturers, who hold a PhD, CPA, CA and more.

Phallika Chum

Master of Professional Accounting

Phallika Chum

Phallika Chum

Master of Professional Accounting

In addition to being a senior lecturer in accounting, I work closely with CPA Australia as well as the local council in Kuching Malaysia on solid waste management.

Dr Mei Lim


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Dr Mei Lim


What you'll learn

What you Learn

In the Master of Professional Accounting you will study five core courses and nine accounting specialisation courses. You will gain a solid grounding in the latest accounting methods by studying areas in auditing, taxation, management accounting and corporate finance. You will also study two electives as part of your studies. One of your elective options is a 150-hour industry placement either in Australia or overseas.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • case studies and reports
  • essays and assignments 
  • examinations 
  • an industry-relevant project 
  • an oral or online presentation 
  • a journal or a portfolio
  • a work placement

Global opportunities

International exchanges and intensive study-tours open doors to new possibilities and experiences, and our Business School has strong connections with prestigious universities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Travelling and studying with leading academic staff and your peers is a wonderful opportunity to develop first-hand knowledge of the international business environment. You’ll find the experience invaluable for your personal and professional development, giving you a global perspective.

UniSA has links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests. Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Once you are a current student, you will be able to explore various study tours and exchanges and take advantage of Student Mobility Grants to make going on an overseas exchange or study tour achievable.

Global opportunities

Research

The UniSA Business School is recognised and respected for a comprehensive research program inspired by the contemporary challenges facing Australia and its region. Our focus is always on finding practical solutions and creating new knowledge. In the Master of Professional Accounting, our lecturers are leaders in their field. You could be working with people from any one of these globally recognised institutes:

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings, 97 per cent of our research was assessed as at or above world-class. We are one of only three business schools globally with an academic focus on SME business growth. Read more about our strengths in research.

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
People, Leadership and Performance BUSS 5114 4.5 Note(s): 1,4 Rule(s): 3
Marketing Management MARK 5025 4.5 Note(s): 2,4 Rule(s): 3
Economic Principles for Business ECON 5020 4.5 Note(s): 4 Rule(s): 3
Commercial Law M COML 5009 4.5 Rule(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, or 6)
Corporate Finance BUSS 5233 4.5 Rule(s): 4
Accounting for Management M ACCT 5011 4.5 Note(s): 2,4 Rule(s): 3
Financial Accounting ACCT 5023 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 4
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2, or 3)
Advanced Accounting ACCT 5013 4.5
Information Systems for Business INFS 5023 4.5
Management Accounting M ACCT 5016 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 3 Rule(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, or 6)
Auditing Principles ACCT 5014 4.5 Note(s): 2
Research for Business Decision Making BUSS 5397 4.5
Contemporary Issues in Accounting M ACCT 5015 4.5
Taxation ACCT 5017 4.5

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Commerce with research interests in international macroeconomics and finance. I have a particular interest in Asian economies and emerging market economies. I am a deputy editor of the Journal of International Commerce, Economics and Policy, and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Emerging Markets Policy at the George Mason University in Virginia, USA.

Dr Tony Cavoli

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City West campus

City West is in Adelaide’s most lively precinct, close to art galleries, music venues, cafés and restaurants. It has brand new learning spaces; modern lecture theatres; architecture workshops, contemporary art and design studios; and well-equipped student lounges. Explore City West >

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

The Business School Hub is a convenient, central support service for Business School students, from first year through to graduation. The team provides expert advice on study options, elective choices and any academic difficulties. It also helps with referrals to support services across the University. The Business School Hub is there to facilitate your life at university, so you get the most out of your UniSA experience.

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

This degree is offered online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in virtual classrooms
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use forums and discussion boards for team work and communication

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Please note some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

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How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the relevant SATAC code (see below) then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

You may be eligible for Advanced Standing. When applying through SATAC, please refer to the codes below. If you are uncertain about your eligibility, please include more than one SATAC code in your list of application preferences. 

  • 2 years - SATAC CODE 4CM183
  • 1.5 years - SATAC CODE 4CM184

What is Advanced Standing?

Advanced Standing for previous studies means you can complete the requirements of this qualification in less than 2 years. You can apply if you have successfully completed one of these (please see entry requirements for further details):

  • a bachelor degree in a business discipline
  • a bachelor degree which includes a major in business, commerce, marketing or management
  • a graduate certificate in a business discipline

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