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, 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 score of at least 6.0 overall, with 6.0 in writing and no score below 5.5 (or equivalent grades) in other bands.

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.


To study this program you need an associate degree or equivalent international qualifications, such as a three-year degree program.

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.

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

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
MGT510 Strategic Management
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 Charles Sturt University Master of Professional Accounting program is an ideal platform for a dynamic and exciting business career. As well as meeting the academic requirements of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and CPA Australia, our program provides practical and relevant skills, opening the way to many vocational choices in areas of financial management, public practice, commerce and industry, government and semi-government organisations, and accounting education.