Graduate Diploma of Accounting

Who's it for?

The course is designed for students who already have an associate degree or a three-year diploma from a section 1 institution in China. You don't need to have an undergraduate degree in accounting to enrol.

What's involved?

You'll study a total of eight subjects across two sessions, including two elective subjects chosen from a set list. Study topics are designed to give you a solid grounding in professional accounting.

Why should you apply?

The Graduate Diploma of Accounting can be taken as a route into to the 16-subject Master of Professional Accounting, leading to a wide range of career options throughout the commerce, industry, government and semi-government sectors.

How much will it cost?

Find out the Graduate Diploma of Accounting tuition fees

Where can I study?

Sydney and Melbourne

Entry Requirements


An associate degree or a three-year diploma from a section 1 Institution in China

English Language

Academic IELTS overall score of at least 6.0 overall, with at least 6.0 in writing and no score below 5.5 (or equivalent grades)

Find out more about our English language and academic entry requirements.

Learning Outcomes

  • Undertake and evaluate the conceptual basis of accounting.
  • Understand, evaluate and apply the principles of current accounting practice.
  • Recognise and analyse the impact of the business environment on accounting theory and its application. 
  • Understand and apply principles and analytical techniques from economics, commercial law, business communications and the accounting context.


If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma of Accounting, you can progress to the 16-subject Master of Professional Accounting, with a credit of eight subjects. If you pass a further eight subjects, you'll be awarded the master’s qualification. The total duration of both the Graduate Diploma of Accounting and the Master of Professional Accounting is two years, covering 16 subjects.


CSU Study Centres progression pathway chart for the Accounting programs

*Only 8 subjects after Graduate Diploma of Accounting.

Course Structure

  • 8 subjects
  • 64 credit points

The course consists of 8 subjects. At least 4 subjects must be accounting subjects and no more than 4 subjects can be drawn from the list of restricted electives.

Core subjects
ACC544 Decision Support Tools
ACC566 Accounting Systems and Processes
ECO511 Economics for Business
ACC514 Financial Accounting
ACC539 Accounting Information Systems
LAW504 Business and Corporations Law
ACC515 Accounting and Finance
ACC567 Financial Accounting 2
LAW505 Taxation 1
ACC512 Management Accounting for Costs and Control
ACC518 Current Developments in Accounting Thought
ACC568 Auditing

ACC501 Business Accounting and Finance
ACG504 Communication in Business
HRM502 Human Resource Management
HRM514 International Human Resource Management
HRM528 Strategic Human Resource Management
MGT501 Management Theory and Practice
MGT540 Management of Change
MKT501 Marketing Management
MKT510 Customer Behaviour
MKT520 Managing Project and Service Innovation
MKT550 Global Marketing

Industry Recognition

From the CSU Study Centres Graduate Diploma of Accounting you can progress to the Master of Professional Accounting, which is accredited by:

  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA)
  • CPA Australia.

Career Options

The Master of Professional Accounting opens up a wide range of career opportunities within a range of organisations - across the commerce, industry, government and semi-government sectors.