University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Master of Professional Accounting

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00099F

The Master of Professional Accounting is designed to provide graduates with little or no accounting exposure with the necessary skills and knowledge required for a career in professional accounting. The course satisfies the academic requirements for entry to the professional programs of CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA). This course provides the ideal academic foundation to pursue a career in accounting, with the subjects providing the necessary knowledge, understanding and expertise necessary for employment in the accounting profession. Further, the professional recognition of the course by CPA Australia and ICAA provides students with internationally recognised qualifications that enhance both their employment and promotion opportunities. The course aims to provide local and international graduates with the requisite knowledge in accounting and the role accounting plays in providing information to support business activities. In addition to providing a professionally recognised qualification, the course comprises a mix of accounting, finance, legal and economics subjects which collectively provide a range of essential business skills and knowledge that are necessary for employment in today's dynamic business environment. Career options include management-level positions in industry or government, as well as not-for-profit organisations. With the CPA Australia and ICAA qualification being recognised internationally, the prospect for overseas employment is also enhanced.

Designed for

Graduates with little or no accounting exposure


The course totals 72 credit points, made up of 12 core subjects. The course may be completed in one-and-a-half years of full-time or three years of part-time study. Classes are offered over three teaching periods each year (namely Autumn, Spring and Summer sessions). Not all subjects are available in Summer session. In most cases, subjects are offered on the basis of one three-hour lecture per week, over a 13-week period, however, certain subjects may be delivered in intensive mode and be completed over a shorter time period.


  • Accounting

Standard entry requirements

  • Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies. Applicants with a relevant graduate certificate must have completed it with at least a credit average. The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0
  • Or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21
  • Or AE5: Pass
  • Or PTE: 58-64
  • Or CAE: 176-184.


CPA Australia; Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia; Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)

Study pathways

Students may be granted a maximum of eight subject exemptions based on credit recognition, of which four core subjects may be approved from prior undergraduate study.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
City International: $68,688 No
  • Full-time : 1.5 years
  • Part-time : 3 years

Further information

This course is part of an articulated program comprising the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting, the Master of Professional Accounting, and the Master of Professional Accounting (Extension).

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