Master of Professional Accounting

2021 course information for Domestic Students
2021 course information for International Students

updated 6:03 AM on Tue, 14 September

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International snapshot

IELTS
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Duration
2 years full-time; 4 years part-time

Depending on unit availabilities, previous study or work experience, students may be able to complete their degree in a shorter duration than indicated. 

2 years full-time; 4 years part-time
Location
Gold Coast, Online
Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
Start date
March, July, November
February, June, October
Course code
1207045
Course abbreviation
MPA (16 unit)
Credit points
192
Equivalent units
16
CRICOS
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Fees
Fee paying
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

Accountants are vital to the operation and success of businesses and organisations at all levels and, not surprisingly, there is high demand for skilled accountants worldwide.

This CPA Australia and CA ANZ accredited course is designed for business professionals who are pursuing a career change as an accountant. It will also suit those already in the industry who need a recognised accounting qualification.

You'll become adept in complex accounting and business issues, and grow your expertise in financial management, accounting information systems, financial reporting, auditing, corporate governance and contemporary accounting standards and research.

Graduates are equipped to work in business, government and not-for-profit organisations in accounting, financial services and management positions. Advanced standing may apply to students who have completed relevant undergraduate and postgraduate study. 

Accountants are vital to the operation and success of businesses and organisations at all levels and, not surprisingly, there is high demand for skilled accountants worldwide.

This CPA Australia and CA ANZ accredited course is designed for business professionals who are pursuing a career change as an accountant. It will also suit those already in the industry who need a recognised accounting qualification.

You'll become adept in complex accounting and business issues, and grow your expertise in financial management, accounting information systems, financial reporting, auditing, corporate governance and contemporary accounting standards and research.

Graduates are equipped to work in business, government and not-for-profit organisations in accounting, financial services and management positions. Advanced standing may apply to students who have completed relevant undergraduate and postgraduate study. 

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

  1. Applicants for admission to candidature in the Master of Professional Accounting may be selected where they can demonstrate professional standing approved by the School Board to be equivalent to the requirements of Rule 2, Section 3.
  2. With reference to Schedule B in Rule 2, Section 1 the level of attainment should be at least equivalent to IELTS 6.5.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall Score6.5

About the course

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.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Gold CoastSession  1, Session  2
OnlineSession  1, Session  2, Session  3

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
Gold CoastSession  1, Session  2, Session  3$29,200 ($3,650 per unit)078675A
MelbourneSession  1, Session  2, Session  3$32,400 ($4,050 per unit)081533M
PerthSession  1, Session  2, Session  3$32,400 ($4,050 per unit)081533M
SydneySession  1, Session  2, Session  3$32,400 ($4,050 per unit)081533M
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

Gold Coast
Online
Session 3 November 2021

International students studying in Australia

Gold Coast
Session 3 October 2021
Melbourne
Session 3 October 2021
Perth
Session 3 October 2021
Sydney
Session 3 October 2021
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Why choose SCU?

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Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

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Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Develop and create effective solutions to complex problems from a discipline area. Critically evaluate, analyse and synthesise a complex issue or theory from a discipline area to arrive at a conclusion/decision with justification.

Incorporated in Intellectual rigour.

Critically evaluate challenging interpersonal, organisational and governance issues in terms of their ethical implications. Apply discipline based knowledge and skills in situations that require autonomy and a high level of responsible behaviour.

Demonstrate and apply advanced discipline knowledge and skills in a specialised management area within a global perspective. Apply and integrate research principles and methods to complex management situations.

Incorporated in Intellectual rigour.

Prepare and deliver advanced discipline advice, knowledge and ideas orally in a business or public context on complex issues.

Prepare and deliver advanced written communications of justified advice for a business context and general public on complex issues.

Critically analyse leadership research and practice in the management of people and self.

Critically reflect on self and team regarding participation and performance.

Incorporated in Knowledge of a discipline.


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.

Career opportunities

 

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

Graduates 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 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. 
Professional recognition

The Master of Professional Accounting fulfils the academic pre-requisites for registration as a professional accountant in Australia and is accredited by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ).

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

Ask a question

Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Master of Professional Accounting students must complete the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points), comprising:

 

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Diploma in Accounting after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising 8 core units.

Students may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Accounting after completing the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising 4 core units.


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes

Core Units

ACCT5001Business Accounting
ACCT6001Company and Financial Reporting
ACCT6002Managerial Accounting
ACCT6004Finance
ISYS5004Accounting Information Systems and Processes
ACCT6006Contemporary Issues in Accounting Theory
ECON5001Economics and Quantitative Analysis
LEGL5001Legal Studies
ACCT6003Professional Auditing
ACCT6005Taxation Law and Practice
ACCT6015Corporate Governance
BUSN7003Industry Research Project Note 1
BUSN5003Management Communication

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
MRKT6001Marketing
BUSN6001Global Business
PROJ5001Project Management
BUSN7004Qualitative Research Methods
BUSN7005Quantitative Research Methods
MGMT6002The Positive Leader
BUSN6004Managing Information Systems
MGMT5002Organisational Behaviour
BUSN5006Entrepreneurship
BUSN6005Strategy and Case Analysis
BUSN5002Business Professional Development
BUSN6007Business Professional Practice


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes
Students are advised to enrol in units relevant to their circumstances and entry levels. The course progression shown below is merely a suggestion.
Year 1, Session 1
ACCT5001Business Accounting
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session3
Session3
MelbourneN/A
Session1,3
Online
Session1
Session1
PerthN/A
Session1,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,3
Anti-requisitesACC00700 Basic Business Accounting
BUSN5003Management Communication
Session1,2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1,3
Session1,3
MelbourneN/A
Session1,2,3
Online
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
PerthN/A
Session1,2,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,2,3
ISYS5004Accounting Information Systems and Processes
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
MelbourneN/A
Session1
Online
Session1
Session1
PerthN/A
Session1
SydneyN/A
Session1
Year 1, Session 2
ACCT6001Company and Financial Reporting
Session1,2
LocationDomesticInternational
MelbourneN/A
Session1,2
Online
Session1,2
Session1,2
PerthN/A
Session1,2
Sydney
Session1
Session1,2
Pre-requisitesACC00712 Business Accounting
Anti-requisitesACC00701 Accounting for Group Entities ACC00703 Business Financial Accounting
LEGL5001Legal Studies
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
MelbourneN/A
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2
SydneyN/A
Session2
ACCT6002Managerial Accounting
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
MelbourneN/A
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2
SydneyN/A
Session2
Pre-requisitesACCT5001 - Business Accounting
Year 1, Session 3
ECON5001Economics and Quantitative Analysis
Session3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session3
Session3
MelbourneN/A
Session3
Online
Session3
Session3
PerthN/A
Session3
SydneyN/A
Session3
ACCT6005Taxation Law and Practice
Session3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session3
Session3
MelbourneN/A
Session3
Online
Session3
Session3
PerthN/A
Session3
SydneyN/A
Session3
Enrolment informationIt is strongly recommended that you have an ability to read and navigate pieces of legislation applicable to Australian Law.
Year 2, Session 1
ACCT6004Finance
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Session1,3
Online
Session1
Session1
PerthN/A
Session1,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,3
Anti-requisitesFIN00706 Financial Management in Business
Enrolment informationThis unit is taught on the assumption that students have basic knowledge of accounting as included in ACCT5002 - Accounting for Managers or equivalent.
1 unit from: Electives
1 unit from: Electives
Year 2, Session 2
ACCT6015Corporate Governance
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
MelbourneN/A
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2
SydneyN/A
Session2
ACCT6006Contemporary Issues in Accounting Theory
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
MelbourneN/A
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2
SydneyN/A
Session2
Pre-requisitesACCT6001 - Company and Financial Reporting
Year 2, Session 3
BUSN7003Industry Research Project
Session1,2,3
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1,3
Session1,3
MelbourneN/A
Session1,2,3
Online
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
PerthN/A
Session1,2,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,2,3
Pre-requisites72 credit points from masters level (AQF 9)
Enrolment informationNoting the focus on advanced, independent learning required by this unit, students are advised to enrol in the subject towards the final stage of their course.
ACCT6003Professional Auditing
Session3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session3
Session3
MelbourneN/A
Session3
Online
Session3
Session3
PerthN/A
Session3
SydneyN/A
Session3
Pre-requisitesACCT6001 - Company and Financial Reporting
Anti-requisitesACC00704 Auditing and Accounting Practice
Enrolment informationThis is an advanced unit. It is highly recommended that students take this unit after having completed an introductory Finance or Economics unit.

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes
Students are advised to enrol in units relevant to their circumstances and entry levels. The course progression shown below is merely a suggestion.

Year 1, Session 2

LEGL5001Legal Studies
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
MelbourneN/A
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2
SydneyN/A
Session2
BUSN5003Management Communication
Session1,2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1,3
Session1,3
MelbourneN/A
Session1,2,3
Online
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
PerthN/A
Session1,2,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,2,3
1 unit from: Electives

Year 1, Session 3

ACCT5001Business Accounting
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session3
Session3
MelbourneN/A
Session1,3
Online
Session1
Session1
PerthN/A
Session1,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,3
Anti-requisitesACC00700 Basic Business Accounting
ECON5001Economics and Quantitative Analysis
Session3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session3
Session3
MelbourneN/A
Session3
Online
Session3
Session3
PerthN/A
Session3
SydneyN/A
Session3

Year 2, Session 1

ACCT6001Company and Financial Reporting
Session1,2
LocationDomesticInternational
MelbourneN/A
Session1,2
Online
Session1,2
Session1,2
PerthN/A
Session1,2
Sydney
Session1
Session1,2
Pre-requisitesACC00712 Business Accounting
Anti-requisitesACC00701 Accounting for Group Entities ACC00703 Business Financial Accounting
ACCT6004Finance
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Session1,3
Online
Session1
Session1
PerthN/A
Session1,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,3
Anti-requisitesFIN00706 Financial Management in Business
Enrolment informationThis unit is taught on the assumption that students have basic knowledge of accounting as included in ACCT5002 - Accounting for Managers or equivalent.
ISYS5004Accounting Information Systems and Processes
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
MelbourneN/A
Session1
Online
Session1
Session1
PerthN/A
Session1
SydneyN/A
Session1

Year 2, Session 2

ACCT6006Contemporary Issues in Accounting Theory
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
MelbourneN/A
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2
SydneyN/A
Session2
Pre-requisitesACCT6001 - Company and Financial Reporting
ACCT6002Managerial Accounting
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
MelbourneN/A
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2
SydneyN/A
Session2
Pre-requisitesACCT5001 - Business Accounting
ACCT6015Corporate Governance
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
MelbourneN/A
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2
SydneyN/A
Session2

Year 2, Session 3

ACCT6003Professional Auditing
Session3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session3
Session3
MelbourneN/A
Session3
Online
Session3
Session3
PerthN/A
Session3
SydneyN/A
Session3
Pre-requisitesACCT6001 - Company and Financial Reporting
Anti-requisitesACC00704 Auditing and Accounting Practice
Enrolment informationThis is an advanced unit. It is highly recommended that students take this unit after having completed an introductory Finance or Economics unit.
ACCT6005Taxation Law and Practice
Session3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session3
Session3
MelbourneN/A
Session3
Online
Session3
Session3
PerthN/A
Session3
SydneyN/A
Session3
Enrolment informationIt is strongly recommended that you have an ability to read and navigate pieces of legislation applicable to Australian Law.

Year 3, Session 1

BUSN7003Industry Research Project
Session1,2,3
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1,3
Session1,3
MelbourneN/A
Session1,2,3
Online
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
PerthN/A
Session1,2,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,2,3
Pre-requisites72 credit points from masters level (AQF 9)
Enrolment informationNoting the focus on advanced, independent learning required by this unit, students are advised to enrol in the subject towards the final stage of their course.
1 unit from: Electives

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes
Students are advised to enrol in units relevant to their circumstances and entry levels. The course progression shown below is merely a suggestion.

Year 1, Session 3

ACCT5001Business Accounting
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session3
Session3
MelbourneN/A
Session1,3
Online
Session1
Session1
PerthN/A
Session1,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,3
Anti-requisitesACC00700 Basic Business Accounting
ECON5001Economics and Quantitative Analysis
Session3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session3
Session3
MelbourneN/A
Session3
Online
Session3
Session3
PerthN/A
Session3
SydneyN/A
Session3
BUSN5003Management Communication
Session1,2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1,3
Session1,3
MelbourneN/A
Session1,2,3
Online
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
PerthN/A
Session1,2,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,2,3

Year 2, Session 1

ACCT6001Company and Financial Reporting
Session1,2
LocationDomesticInternational
MelbourneN/A
Session1,2
Online
Session1,2
Session1,2
PerthN/A
Session1,2
Sydney
Session1
Session1,2
Pre-requisitesACC00712 Business Accounting
Anti-requisitesACC00701 Accounting for Group Entities ACC00703 Business Financial Accounting
ACCT6004Finance
Session1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
MelbourneN/A
Session1,3
Online
Session1
Session1
PerthN/A
Session1,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,3
Anti-requisitesFIN00706 Financial Management in Business
Enrolment informationThis unit is taught on the assumption that students have basic knowledge of accounting as included in ACCT5002 - Accounting for Managers or equivalent.
ISYS5004Accounting Information Systems and Processes
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
MelbourneN/A
Session1
Online
Session1
Session1
PerthN/A
Session1
SydneyN/A
Session1

Year 2, Session 2

LEGL5001Legal Studies
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
MelbourneN/A
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2
SydneyN/A
Session2
ACCT6002Managerial Accounting
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
MelbourneN/A
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2
SydneyN/A
Session2
Pre-requisitesACCT5001 - Business Accounting

Year 2, Session 3

ACCT6003Professional Auditing
Session3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session3
Session3
MelbourneN/A
Session3
Online
Session3
Session3
PerthN/A
Session3
SydneyN/A
Session3
Pre-requisitesACCT6001 - Company and Financial Reporting
Anti-requisitesACC00704 Auditing and Accounting Practice
Enrolment informationThis is an advanced unit. It is highly recommended that students take this unit after having completed an introductory Finance or Economics unit.
ACCT6005Taxation Law and Practice
Session3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session3
Session3
MelbourneN/A
Session3
Online
Session3
Session3
PerthN/A
Session3
SydneyN/A
Session3
Enrolment informationIt is strongly recommended that you have an ability to read and navigate pieces of legislation applicable to Australian Law.

Year 3, Session 1

BUSN7003Industry Research Project
Session1,2,3
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1,3
Session1,3
MelbourneN/A
Session1,2,3
Online
Session1,2,3
Session1,2,3
PerthN/A
Session1,2,3
SydneyN/A
Session1,2,3
Pre-requisites72 credit points from masters level (AQF 9)
Enrolment informationNoting the focus on advanced, independent learning required by this unit, students are advised to enrol in the subject towards the final stage of their course.
1 unit from: Electives

Year 3, Session 2

ACCT6015Corporate Governance
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
MelbourneN/A
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2
SydneyN/A
Session2
1 unit from: Electives
ACCT6006Contemporary Issues in Accounting Theory
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
MelbourneN/A
Session2
Online
Session2
Session2
PerthN/A
Session2
SydneyN/A
Session2
Pre-requisitesACCT6001 - Company and Financial Reporting


Notes

Note 1: Double-weighted unit

Unit groups

Electives

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
MRKT6001Marketing
BUSN6001Global Business
PROJ5001Project Management
BUSN7004Qualitative Research Methods
BUSN7005Quantitative Research Methods
MGMT6002The Positive Leader
BUSN6004Managing Information Systems
MGMT5002Organisational Behaviour
BUSN5006Entrepreneurship
BUSN6005Strategy and Case Analysis
BUSN5002Business Professional Development
BUSN6007Business Professional Practice

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