Graduate Diploma of Accounting

CRICOS Course Code: 070184G

Immerse yourself in professional accounting

Study this postgraduate accounting course at Charles Sturt University Study Centres in Melbourne or Sydney and gain a solid grounding in professional accounting. After successful completion you can progress to the 16-subject Master of Professional Accounting. 


1 year


Start dates

  • July 2021
  • November 2021

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Entry requirements and fees

Find out more about entry requirements and fees for this course.

About the course

This course develops an understanding of accounting and the broader business environment through opportunities to study economics, commercial law and business communications. Across this one-year course you will study eight subjects, including two electives. 

Who is this course for? 

You should choose this course if you do not have an undergraduate accounting degree from a recognised Australian tertiary institution (or equivalent) or are considering progression from this course to the 16-subject Master of Professional Accounting.

Applicants will normally be required to have an undergraduate degree from a recognised Australian tertiary institution or an equivalent qualification, however other academic and/or professional qualifications will also be considered. 

What will you study?

You will study eight subjects across one year, worth 64 credit points.

You must complete:

  • at least four core accounting subjects
  • no more than four elective subjects.
  • Core subjects

    You will study at least four of the following core subjects.

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

    Choose no more than four elective subjects from the list below.

    Subject Code
    Business Accounting and Finance ACC501
    Communication in Business* ACG504
    Human Resource Management HRM502
    International Human Resource Management HRM514
    Strategic Human Resource Management HRM528
    Management Theory and Practice MGT501
    Strategic Management MGT510
    Management of Change MGT540
    Marketing Management MKT501
    Customer Behaviour MKT510
    Managing Project and Service Innovation MKT520
    Global Marketing MKT550


Upon successful completion of the program you will be awarded your Diploma and be eligible for admission to the Master of Professional Accounting (16 subjects), which is accredited by two professional accounting bodies. Progression is based on professional attainment and/ work experience. You will also receive credit for applicable subjects.

Accounting career opportunities

The Charles Sturt University Master of Professional Accounting program is an ideal platform for a dynamic and exciting business career. As a graduate of this program, you can go on to study a Masters, which could lead to a range of vocations in areas such as:

  • financial management
  • public practice
  • commerce and industry
  • government and semi-government organisation
  • accounting education.

Postgraduate entry requirements

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