Master of Professional Accounting
(16 subjects)

CRICOS Course Code: 070183G

Explore key accounting concepts 

The course provides a generalised professional accounting education to graduates of non-accounting disciplines. You can study our 16-subject Master of Professional Accounting in Australia at Charles Sturt University Study Centres in BrisbaneMelbourne or Sydney to further your understanding of accounting concepts and put theory into practice.


2 years

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 is a two-year course that will build your technical and theoretical accounting knowledge, enabling you to:

  • understand and evaluate businesses in the context of accounting and financial reporting
  • analyse and evaluate key accounting concepts
  • understand, evaluate and apply the principles of current accounting practice
  • develop the technical skills essential for a professional accountant in a global environment
  • recognise and analyse how accounting theory impacts the business environment
  • understand and apply principles and analytical techniques from economics, commercial law, business communications and quantitative methods.

Who is this course for? 

This is your route to a master's qualification if you have already studied the Graduate Diploma of Accounting or Graduate Diploma of Commerce. This course is also available if you want to build on existing experience in industry or gain specialised knowledge beyond your vocational qualifications in another field. 

Alternatively, choose the 12-subject option if you have already studied at an Australian university and hold an undergraduate degree in a subject other than accounting, or if you studied at an overseas university and your undergraduate degree in accounting is not recognised by CPA Australia or Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.

What will you study? 

Throughout our two-year program you will study 16 subjects, comprising:

  • 12 core subjects
  • 4 electives.

If you have already studied the Graduate Diploma of Accounting or Graduate Diploma of Commerce then you will only need to study for one year rather than two, as you will already have credits in some subjects. 

  • Core subjects

    You will study 12 core subjects from the list below.

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

    Choose four electives 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

Industry recognition

Our Master of Professional Accounting is accredited by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and CPA Australia. If you pass a set list of subjects, you may qualify for membership of each professional body.

Accounting career opportunities 

Our Master of Professional Accounting program is an ideal platform for a dynamic and exciting business career. You'll gain the practical and relevant skills you need to work in a range of areas, such as:

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

Professional accreditation

CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Postgraduate entry requirements

Check the English language and academic entry requirements you need to meet in order to be accepted in to your chosen postgraduate course.


Find out the tuition fees and other costs for your chosen postgraduate program at Charles Sturt University Study Centres.

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