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Graduate Diploma in Accounting

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Diploma

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    16 months part-time

  • Start date:

    6 start dates each year – enquire now!

  • Awarded by:

    Southern Cross University

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What you'll learn

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About this course

A flexible course that allows you to study at your own pace, this online Graduate Diploma in Accounting is comprised of eight units that provide you with a solid understanding of accounting processes, with a focus on their context within business.

As the only online Graduate Diploma accredited by CPA Australia, you will be eligible to apply directly for the CPA Program, bypassing the need to sit Foundation Exams. .

Delivered online by SCU Online, this course allows for a flexible learning schedule that works around your commitments.

Your pathway to an MBA

Once you've earned your Graduate Diploma in Accounting, you might choose to go on and complete SCU Online's Master of Business Administration (MBA) course. If you do, you'll receive advanced standing for the units you have completed as part of this course - it's the perfect pathway program!


To be eligible for this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Demonstrated professional standing - either a bachelor's degree (or a similar qualification) from a university, or other experience equivalent to a degree; AND
  • Be proficient in English

Areas of study

In this accounting course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Accounting information systems and processes
  • Business accounting
  • Business and corporation law
  • Company and financial reporting
  • Contemporary issues in accounting theory
  • Economics and quantitative analysis
  • Finance
  • Managerial accounting

Each unit requires you to attend an invigilated exam at an approved examination centre.

Established to meet the needs of busy working professionals seeking to advance their careers with a postgraduate qualification, SCU Online puts flexibility and convenience first. All qualifications are accredited through Southern Cross University, so you’ll earn your degree from one of the top 500 universities in the world (2015 Times Higher Education World University Rankings). To cater to a variety of learning styles, SCU Online employs a diverse range of contemporary teaching methods and online content, including educational videos, collaborative discussion boards and interactive tutorials. With experienced teaching staff committed to delivering engaging learning experiences, students are empowered to succeed. SCU Online’s course range extends across industries such as business, accounting, healthcare, engineering and IT management.
SCU Online is 100% online, so you can easily access your course materials anywhere, anytime. With a strong focus on accessibility and flexibility, SCU Online is one of the few Australian universities with an accelerated learning program made up of six 7-week study periods. This means that you can tailor your study load and timetable according to your personal commitments. All courses feature an extensive repository of resources including, video, academic readings, textbooks, case studies, interactive discussion boards and dynamic tutorials. And, a dedicated Student Success Advisor is on hand to guide you every step of the way, offering valuable advice and tips to help all students achieve their study goals.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Graduate Diploma in Accounting from Southern Cross University.

CPAs are employed across a wide range of different work environments, allowing you greater flexibility and options in your career trajectory.

Curious about where a career in accounting could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Accountant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Payable Officer
  • Accounts Receivable Officer
  • Taxation Compliance Officer
  • Senior Financial Clerk
  • Accounts Supervisor

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for FEE-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all, or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay-as-you-go for each unit.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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