Master of Professional Accounting

Southern Cross University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 01241G

This program is designed for non-accounting business professionals seeking a career change, or for those already working in the accounting and finance industry who need a recognised accounting qualification. The course is designed to enhance a student's ability to manage complex accounting and business issues, and provides expertise in financial management, accounting information systems, financial reporting, auditing, corporate governance and contemporary accounting standards and research. Graduates have excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate an organisation's complex financial information to its stakeholders. Advanced standing may apply to students who have completed relevant undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Designed for

Non-accounting graduates and people already working in the industry who are seeking to formalise their skills with a tertiary qualification


16 units. The MPA comprises a core sequence of units that meet the professional accounting educational requirements and includes study in the following area: business accounting, accounting information systems, financial reporting, management accounting, finance, accounting theory and research. Student also study advanced topics such as taxation law and practice, auditing and assurance, corporate governance and project management. A key feature is the opportunity to undertake a double-weighted industry research project that can be applied to students' own company or organisation.


  • Accounting

Standard entry requirements

  • Bachelor degree
  • Or equivalent academic or professional standing


CPA Australia; The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia (ICAA)

Study pathways

Exit points (intermediate awards): Graduate Certificate (4 units); and Graduate Diploma (8 units). Advanced standing may be granted to those who have successfully completed units that are equivalent in content, standard and duration to units in this course. Students with a relevant Bachelor degree will receive four units of advanced standing.

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