Start Date
February
August

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 30,000 per 1.0 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2021

Degree overview

  • Designed to develop advanced knowledge and skills for accounting practice.
  • One of only five Australian universities to offer professional CPA elective courses within an accounting degree.
  • Develop crucial analytical, business management, problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills.
  • Complete 150 hours of industry placement as an elective course.
  • Focus on key areas such as accounting, tax, law, auditing, financial management and public practice.
  • Provide advice under the supervision of qualified tax professionals to members of the community and small businesses in our student-run Tax Clinic.
  • Be mentored by a senior business leader through the Executive Partners Program.
  • Qualify for Advanced Standing for previous qualifications and complete your degree in just 1.5 years.
  • Study a curriculum informed by world-class research in Accounting1.
  • UniSA Business is ranked in the top one per cent worldwide2 and has been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the QS Stars Ratings 2020.
  • UniSA Business is accredited by both AACSB International and EFMD (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies.
  • UniSA is No.1 in South Australia for postgraduate teaching quality3.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).  2UniSA Business is one of just ten institutions in Australia and 189 globally to be accredited by EQUIS (from over 16,500 worldwide). EFMD, February 2020.    3ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2018-2019. Public SA-founded universities only.

Snapshot

SNoonan_UniSA BusHub_231017_004.jpgThe Master of Professional Accounting will prepare you for practice as a professional accountant. You will develop analytical, general business management and critical 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 accounting, 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.

What you'll learn

BUS01.pngIn 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, financial and 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.

Degree 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
Accounting for Management M ACCT 5011 4.5 Note(s): 4,7 Rule(s): 3
Marketing Management MARK 5025 4.5 Note(s): 2,4 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
Financial Accounting ACCT 5023 4.5
Economic Principles for Business ECON 5020 4.5 Note(s): 4,5 Rule(s): 3
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 3,6 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 Rule(s): 5

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
  • assignments 
  • examinations 
  • an industry-relevant project 
  • an oral or online presentation 
  • a journal or a portfolio
  • a work placement

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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.

Global opportunities

Research

UniSA Business 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 learning from experts who are also researching areas such as sustainability, choice, applied finance and economics.

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented. In the 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings, all of our assessed research was rated at or above world-class with particular strengths in business and management and marketing. Read more about our strengths in research.

Why Master of Professional Accounting

0009_Michael Mullan Photography_31-05-16.jpgUniSA Business 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, critical 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 profession.

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, and recognised for maximum exemptions toward the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants' (ACCA) professional programs of study.

UniSA Business is the only business school in South Australia accredited by both AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EFMD (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies recognising excellence in business education and research at a global level. These dual accreditations demonstrate the high standards we hold across all areas such as teaching, student learning and research, as well as our commitment to continually improving the quality of our programs.

An enriching student experience

Our flexible delivery and extra-curricular opportunities are designed to suit your lifestyle, preferred way of learning and career interests. You can benefit from a blend of online and on-campus study, part-time or full-time learning, Summer and Winter School intensive courses, mentoring and networking opportunities with industry, and leadership skill development. You can also explore accelerated learning pathways and seek program support from our Business Student Hub.

1UniSA Business is one of just ten institutions in Australia and 189 globally to be accredited by EQUIS (from over 16,500 worldwide). EFMD, February 2020.  

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 Partners Program

Have you ever wanted to have career guidance from an experienced business mentor? As part of your studies, you can apply for our Executive Partners Program.

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.

Career outcomes

Your career

Graduates of this degree use their broad range of skills and specialist knowledge to pursue management roles, both locally and abroad.

You could consider roles such as senior accountant, corporate tax consultant, business adviser, insolvency and reconstruction adviser and management accountant in areas such as:

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

Professional accreditation and recognition

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

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

This program is recognised for maximum exemptions toward the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants' (ACCA) professional programs of study.

Industry facts

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Employment for auditors, company secretaries and corporate treasurers in Australia is projected to increase by 10.6 per cent by 20241.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

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The financial services sector is currently Australia’s largest industry contributing $161 billion to the economy every year1.

1Financial Services Council State of the Industry Report 2019

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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

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

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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

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 Student Hub is a convenient, central support service for business 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 Student 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

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies.

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

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 and materials
  • 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.

Student services

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

Along with being the Accounting Program Director at UniSA, I am also a member of the Centre for Sustainability Governance (CSG) research centre and a Fellow of CPA Australia. I am an active research degree supervisor and the recipient of a Supported Researcher Award. I play an active role in designing and coordinating a number of courses at the University and am passionate about developing learning resources and highly relevant, business focused assessment which focus on developing our accounting students’ problem solving, teamwork and communication skills.

Dr Gerard Stone

Program Director

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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

"My new skills and knowledge are helping me assist the company with organisational change. I believe that employers are looking for people who can apply their experience to add value to an organisation. My Masters gives me that edge."

Melissa Stead

Master of Professional Accounting
Employment: Drakes Supermarkets
Role: Accountant/Business Analyst

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Melissa Stead

Master of Professional Accounting
<br />Employment: Drakes Supermarkets