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Master of Professional Accounting

If you are keen for a quick return on investment on upskilling for a new career, look no further than the Master of Professional Accounting at Southern Cross.

This CPA Australia and CA accredited course not only provides you with an accounting qualification, but also with commercial know-how, critical thinking and expert communication skills for decision-making.

The degree will hone your leadership and research skills and provides you the opportunity to delve into areas of practice, such as taxation law, auditing or corporate governance at greater depth. You will also have the opportunity to select a research project that most intrigues you and undertake it under the supervision of leading business experts.

The Master of Professional Accounting is a 2 year program – shorter if you have previously completed relevant education – designed to deliver you the career of your choice. The door will be opened for qualified and skilled professional accountants in a diverse range of jobs, fields and locations.

Domestic

General

  • Course code: 1207045
  • Course abbreviation: MPA (16 unit)
  • Credit points: 192
  • Equivalent units: 16

Duration & Fees

  • Duration: 2 years full-time
    4 years part-time
  • Fees: Fee paying

ATAR

  • Indicative ATAR: 0

OP

  • Indicative OP: 0

International

General

  • Course code: 1207045
  • Course abbreviation: MPA (16 unit)
  • Credit points: 192
  • Equivalent units: 16

Duration & Fees

  • Duration: 2 years full-time
  • Fees:
    • Gold Coast - $27,600 ($3,450 per unit)
    • Melbourne - $30,000 ($3,750 per unit)
    • Perth - $30,000 ($3,750 per unit)
    • Sydney - $30,000 ($3,750 per unit)

CRICOS Code

Sydney 081533M
Melbourne 081533M
Perth 081533M
Gold Coast 078675A

Admission Requirements

CategoryScore
Overall Score6.5

Course Overview

Career Opportunities

The global accounting profession has high employment demand, offering MPA graduates the opportunity to seek employment in a range of industries in Australia and abroad.

Graduates of the MPA are equipped to work in business, government and not-for-profit organisations in accounting, financial services and management positions. Management roles and activities undertaken by graduates include developing financial plans, preparing and certifying financial reports, conducting audits, advising company directors, shareholders and clients.

Professional Recognition

The Master of Professional Accounting is accredited by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA).

Graduates may also be eligible to apply for admission to the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

Professional Placement

As part of this course, students may choose to undertake a 150-hour internship (equivalent to one unit) in either a paid or volunteer role. This practical experience, combined with theoretical understanding, enhances the learning experience for students. 
 
Students are responsible for securing their internship placement and are given extensive assistance in interview and application procedures, access to an extensive database of potential employers and roles and ongoing support from the dedicated Work Integrated Learning team. 

Major Areas of Study

The MPA comprises a core sequence of units that meet the professional accounting educational requirements and includes study in the following areas: business accounting, accounting information systems, financial reporting, management accounting, economics, quantitative analysis, company and commercial law, finance, accounting, theory and research.

Students also study advanced topics in accounting such as taxation law and practice, auditing and assurance and corporate governance. Management skills are also honed through study of communications and a number of electives. A key feature of the MPA program is the opportunity to undertake a double-weighted industry research project that students can apply to their current or future workplace.

Assessment methods

The course incorporates progressive assessment and examinations. Students are assessed on the basis of written and oral assignments reflecting authentic work tasks and contemporary topics. These assignments come in a range of formats designed to assist knowledge and skills development over the duration of the course. Formats include business reports, case studies, discussion board posts, presentations, quizzes, and research plans and studies.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Lectures may be streamed live or pre-recorded; either way students can download a recording at their convenience.

Each week, students progress their learning by following activities, readings and case studies laid out, step-by-step, in a website for each unit. As they move through the learning outcomes, they can discuss their progress in online forums and ask questions of their peers, lecturer or tutor.

Intakes list:

Domestic intakes
2019 Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
GOLD COAST yes yes yes
LISMORE
COFFS HARBOUR
ONLINE yes yes yes
Study Options
  • online
  • on campus
  • post grad
  • under grad
Domestic intakes
2018 Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
GOLD COAST yes yes yes
LISMORE
COFFS HARBOUR
ONLINE yes yes yes
Study Options
  • online
  • on campus
  • post grad
  • under grad
International intakes
2018 Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
GOLD COAST yes yes yes
LISMORE
COFFS HARBOUR
ONLINE
Study Options
  • online
  • on campus
  • post grad
  • under grad
International intakes
2019 Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
GOLD COAST yes yes yes
LISMORE
COFFS HARBOUR
ONLINE
Study Options
  • online
  • on campus
  • post grad
  • under grad

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