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Master of Professional Accounting

  • Qualification:

    Master's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    1.5 or 2 years full-time; up to 6 years part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

About this course

This Master of Professional Accounting course is designed to help you refocus your career goals, gaining the skills and training necessary to become a professional accountant. If you have an undergraduate qualification in a different field and are keen to pursue an accounting career, this course is an ideal pathway.

You'll cover both introductory and advanced units in financial and management accounting, finance, tax and company law and auditing.

Available for both online and on-campus study via the University of New England (UNE), this course allows you to adapt your studies to suit your busy lifestyle.

Flexible exit options

If plans change, and you can no longer commit to the full Master of Professional Accounting, you could still be eligible to receive a postgraduate qualification.

Depending on the credit points you've completed, you could exit with the Graduate Certificate in Accounting or the Graduate Diploma in Accounting.


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

  • Hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent in a non-relevant discipline; OR
  • Hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline*; OR
  • Hold a Graduate Certificate in Accounting (commenced from 2015); OR
  • Hold an equivalent qualification to the UNE Graduate Certificate in Accounting commenced prior to 2015.

*Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Business
  • Economics
  • Finance

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

Areas of study

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

Core units:

  • Management accounting
  • Introductory accounting
  • Intermediate financial accounting
  • Management information systems
  • Accounting theory and research
  • Advanced financial accounting
  • Auditing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Managerial finance
  • Economics for management
  • Legal studies
  • Law of commercial associations
  • Taxation law
  • Quantitative techniques for management

Listed units:

  • Financial planning
  • FInancial statement analysis
  • Small business finance
  • Security analysis and portfolio management
  • Fraud prevention and investigation
  • Risk management and insurance
  • Superannuation and retirement
  • Investment management in financial planning
  • Commercial law I: principles of Australian law
  • Advanced taxation law
  • Strategic planning and management
  • Professional ethics

Recommended pathways (optional)

  • Tax practitioner (approved by the Tax Practitioners Board)
  • Financial planner (ASIC RG146 compliant)
Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Master of Accounting from the University of New England.

Graduates of this course will meet the requirements for Associate membership of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), Certified Professional Accountants Australia (CPA Australia) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). They can then pursue full professional status with whichever organisation they choose.

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

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

  • Accountant
  • Accounts Officer
  • Finance Officer
  • Bank Branch Manager
  • Bookkeeper Assistant
  • Accounts Assistant

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 annually for the units you select to study in that year.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

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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