Master of Professional Accounting (12 subjects)

Who's it for?

The 12-subject Master of Professional Accounting is designed for students who want to build upon their existing undergraduate degree from a recognised Australian university or undergraduate accounting degree from an overseas university.

What's involved?

You'll study three subjects per session, across two years. You may be eligible for up to 50% academic credit into the Master of Professional Accounting for related prior postgraduate studies.

For each 8 point subject at Charles Sturt, students should expect to spend between 140–160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities. Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, and examinations, including other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

Why should you apply?

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) and CPA Australia has accredited the course, which means that you qualify for membership if you pass a set list of subjects.

How much will it cost?

Find out the Master of Professional Accounting 12 subjects tuition fees

Where can I study?

Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

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Entry Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree from a recognised college or university,
  • An undergraduate accounting degree from an overseas university,
  • Or an equivalent qualification

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

If you already have an Australian bachelor-level qualification or equivalent, in business, you may be eligible for up to three subjects’ credit (depending on the subjects you studied in your first degree). This potentially reduces your studies to nine subjects over 18 months. Credit will not be awarded for work experience.

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.

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.


CSU Study Centres progression pathway chart for Accounting programs

*Not available to Australian Bachelor of Accounting (or equivalent) graduates unless the overseas accounting degree is recognised by Australian accounting professional bodies
Applicants with an undergraduate accounting degree from an overseas university are eligible to apply.

CSU Study Centres progression pathway chart for Accounting programs

*Nine subjects (1.5 years) if three credits for prior study are awarded.
**Need at least three years work experience at a managerial level

Course Structure

MPA subjects

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

* The undergraduate degree must be in a field other than Accounting, or not recognised by the Australian Accounting professional bodies for associate membership.

Industry Recognition

The CSU Study Centres Master of Professional Accounting is accredited by the:

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