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Master of Professional Accounting

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Overview

The Master of Professional Accounting offers you the opportunity to develop the knowledge and expertise you need for a rewarding career in accounting starting with associate membership of professional accountancy bodies. You will undertake advanced learning in both theory and professional practice and learn to solve accounting and business problems in innovative ways.

The degree meets the requirements for professional accounting accreditation with the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and CPA Australia. The program offers graduates with a recognised bachelor's qualification in any field the opportunity to develop knowledge, understanding and expertise in the field of professional accountancy.

The program's foundation exposes students to the broad organisational, regulatory and market context in which accountants operate. Students then pursue advanced learning in accounting within the contexts of both professional practice and the theoretical paradigms that underpin such practice.

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Specialisations

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

What you'll study

Core units of study 

Foundational units

  • Accounting Principles
  • Succeeding in the Accounting Profession
  • Firms, Markets and Business Management
  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Capital Markets and Corporate Finance
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Quantitative Methods for Accounting.

Advanced units

  • Managerial Accounting and Decision Making
  • Intermediate Financial Reporting
  • Contemporary Issues in Auditing
  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Corporate Structures in Practice
  • Taxation Law and Practice.

Capstone Unit

  • Corporate Governance and Accountability.

Elective units of study

Completion of three electives is also a requirement of the degree. Electives are selected from a wide range of Business School units of study, set out in the University of Sydney Business School (Postgraduate) Handbook.

Units of Study

Completion requirement

The Master of Professional Accounting requires the completion of 96 credit points comprising:

  • 84 credit points in core units of study, and
  • 12 credit points in elective units of study.

A candidate for the Master of Professional Accounting completes the core unit ACCT5001 Accounting Principles in the first semester of enrolment. The capstone core unit, ACCT6120 Corporate Governance and Accountability, is completed in the final semester of enrolment. The remaining units are completed in any order depending on prerequisite/corequisite requirements. Students should refer to the Business School (Postgraduate) Handbook for this degree for the recommended sequence of progression.

Professional accounting accreditation requirements

Admission requirement

To be considered for admission, an applicant is required to have:

  • an Australian bachelor's degree or higher with a credit average (65 percent) or
  • equivalent qualification or an Australian bachelor's degree or higher with less than a credit average (minimum 50 percent required) or
  • equivalent qualification, and satisfactory performance in the GMAT (for guidance, the class average score is 630) or equivalent Business School approved admissions test or the University of Sydney Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting with a credit average (65 percent).

Units completed in the graduate diploma can be credited to the master's degree.

Any grade requirements listed are based on the University of Sydney grading system .

For qualifications awarded outside Australia, equivalencies and entry requirements are determined based on the country, institution and qualification.

For a guide to common international qualifications and equivalent entry requirements visit University of Sydney Business School entry guide.

Course opportunities

Sydney Master of Professional Accounting graduates look forward to employment in (and eventually, formation of their own) accounting practices; also to roles as chief financial officers, chief information officers, financial controllers, company secretaries, financial analysts and planners, tax and estate advisers, financial and management accountants, auditors, system designers, investment advisors and managers.

Graduate opportunities

Sydney Master of Professional Accounting graduates look forward to employment in (and eventually, formation of their own) accounting practices; also to roles as chief financial officers, chief information officers, financial controllers, company secretaries, financial analysts and planners, tax and estate advisers, financial and management accountants, auditors, system designers, investment advisors and managers.

Future study

A postgraduate degree can open doors to further study, whether you are interested in pursuing a research degree, or expanding your postgraduate qualifications and skillset by embarking on a management degree, MBA or specialised business masters.

The Business School offers two research degrees, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and the Master of Philosophy (MPhil), which may be studied full-time or part-time. Embarking on a PhD or masters by research is an opportunity to join a community of recognised leaders in scholarship and make a significant contribution to your area of study. We are home to many leading researchers and attract generous funding in support of our research projects, and the University of Sydney is consistently ranked among the best research universities in the world.

If you are interested in pursuing further postgraduate study, our postgraduate coursework business degrees cater to students from any background and career stage, with pre- and post-experience options available, to help you achieve the future you’ve imagined. Combine your interests and develop specialised skills to be well positioned in an increasingly competitive business environment.

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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