Degree overview

  • 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 elective courses within an accounting degree.
  • Develop crucial analytical, business management, problem-solving and communication skills.
  • Complete 150 hours of industry placement as an elective course.
  • Focus on key areas such as commerce, tax, financial management and public practice.
  • 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 Accounting(1).
  • The University of South Australia Business School is ranked in the top one percent worldwide(2) and has been awarded an overall five stars for excellence in the QS Stars Ratings 2019.
  • UniSA is ranked in the Top 150 institutions in the world for Accounting and Finance(3).
  • UniSA is No.1 in SA for postgraduate employment outcomes in Business and Management(4).

(1)2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). (2)UniSA Business School is one of just nine institutions in Australia and 180 globally to be accredited by EQUIS (from over 16,500 worldwide). EFMD, February 2019. (3)2019 QS Subject Rankings. (4)QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-18 – Full-time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.

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.

What you'll 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.

Why Master of Professional Accounting

The University of South Australia 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 percent worldwide*.

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.

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.

*UniSA Business School is one of just nine institutions in Australia and 180 globally to be accredited by EQUIS (from over 16,500 worldwide). EFMD, February 2019.

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 adviser and management accountant in areas such as:

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

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.

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 adviser and management accountant in areas such as:

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

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.

Program taught in:
  • English
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Last updated June 2, 2019
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