Master of Commerce - Professional Accounting

About the Master of Commerce - Professional Accounting

This program is designed to extend students knowledge, values and skills in Commerce-related subject areas, which are additional to the core curriculum in accounting and business areas. The primary objective of these courses is to enable students whose first degree is in a non-accounting field to undertake a professional career in accounting (and/or related fields, such as finance). In particular, it is envisaged that accreditation will be sought to allow graduates of the MPA and the Master of Commerce (Professional Accounting) to obtain membership of a recognised professional accounting association. Consistent with this, the primary focus of these courses is to enable students to obtain proficiency in the core curriculum in accounting and business areas and generic skills specified in the accreditation guidelines issued by CPA Australia. This program can be studied either via face to face delivery or entirely online.


Professional accounting

Campuses and Duration

Campus Duration
Ballarat - Mount Helen 2 years

More information about Federation University Australia - The Business School Add

Federation University Australia (Fed Uni) is the third oldest institution in Australia. Established in 1870 and originally known as the School of Mines, the university is based in Ballarat - a contemporary city one and a half hours from the Melbourne CBD. The university boasts small classes, superb teaching and individual focus.

About Us

The Business School at Federation University Australia has an outstanding reputation, both nationally and internationally, for excellence in teaching, research and discussion of business issues.

We are recognised for graduating professionals who are confident, competent and well educated. Our MBA program is aligned with the UN's Principles for Responsible Management Education model, so that graduates understand corporate and social responsibility, ethics and sustainability.

Student Services

Services offered to all new arriving international students include:

  • a free airport pick-up service
  • a welcome orientation
  • accommodation assistance
  • academic and English language support
  • counselling services
  • sporting and social clubs
  • an indoor heated swimming pool
  • tennis courts
  • a gymnasium
  • job placement
  • a prayer room
  • a health centre and doctors.


View all Federation University Australia - The Business School courses

Master of Business Administration
The MBA is the international standard for graduate business qualifications. With five specialised strands to choose from - health services management, human resource management, marketing, project management and financial management - the program aims to develop skills in critical thinking, research and analysis through individual and team-based work.

The MBA is awarded to students who successfully complete 12 units, eight of which are core units. It has a successful history of acceptance in industry and significant career progression for graduates. The program has international standing and is also readily accepted in a number of overseas countries.

Master of Business Administration (International Management) - MBA (IM)
The MBA (IM) builds on the existing 12-unit MBA with the addition of four specialist units in international business and management. Students who hold a recognised overseas accounting qualification can include specialist accounting electives, which will allow them to apply for Australian CPA accreditation.

The program will provide students with theoretical and practical concepts of international management. The emphasis is on developing a sound working knowledge of core disciplines and analytical skills.

Both MBA programs have been designed to allow students to enter and exit the degree at various points. Students who already possess a graduate certificate or graduate diploma may enter either MBA program and receive substantial credit. Students may also exit the program at one of the two exit points and receive a university award such as a graduate certificate or graduate diploma in management.

Master of Professional Accounting (MPA)
The Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) program is designed for students who have a first degree in a non-accounting area and who wish to pursue a professional career in accounting. The foundation degree must be recognised by NOOSR as equivalent to an Australian degree.

The MPA course comprises three semesters of full-time study and provides a comprehensive sequence of study in accounting, as well as business law, financial management, economics and quantitative methods for business. Exit points after one semester of full-time study (Graduate Certificate of Commerce) or two semesters of full-time study (Graduate Diploma of Commerce) are available.

Master of Commerce (Professional Accounting) - MCom (PA)
A two-year Master of Commerce (Professional Accounting) is also offered for those students wishing to obtain an accredited accounting qualification with some additional general business and management content. Essentially, the MCom builds on the MPA with the additional four courses in general business and management.

This program enables graduates to apply for membership of a recognised accounting body for the MPA component (Australian CPA, ICAA or IPA depending on location) plus enhance their Permanent Residency application by completing a two-year program.


Ballarat - Mount Helen

University Drive Mt Helen BALLARAT VIC Australia