Master of Professional Accounting
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc) program offers you the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills you will need for associate membership of professional accountancy bodies and a foundation for a rewarding career in accounting. 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.
Professional accountancy requires strong technical, analytical and practical problem-solving skills built upon comprehensive theoretical foundations, and this program will equip you with the knowledge and professional competencies you need. Innovation is a key component of the program, allowing you to develop a critical perspective on current practice and learn to solve problems in accounting and business reporting in fresh and innovative ways.
The Master of Professional Accounting requires the completion of 96 credit points comprising: (1) 14 core units of study (84 credit points), and (2) two elective units of study (12 credit points).
Core units of study
- (i) Foundational units:
- ACCT5001 Accounting Principles,
- BUSS5000 Critical Thinking in Business,
- BUSS5001 Firms, Markets and Business Management,
- CLAW5001 Legal Environment of Business,
- FINC5001 Capital Markets and Corporate Finance,
- INFS5000 Accounting Information Systems, and
- QBUS5002 Quantitative Methods for Accounting.
(ii) Advanced units:
- ACCT5002 Managerial Accounting and Decision Making,
- ACCT6001 Intermediate Financial Reporting,
- ACCT6007 Contemporary Issues in Auditing,
- ACCT6010 Advanced Financial Reporting,
- CLAW6002 Corporate Structures in Practice, and
- CLAW6026 Taxation Law and Practice.
(iii) Capstone Unit: ACCT6120 Corporate Governance and Accountability.
Elective units of study
Completion of two 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.
- ACCT6002 International Accounting
- ACCT6003 Financial Statement Analysis
- ACCT6006 Advanced Managerial Accounting
- ACCT6014 Designing Accounting Systems
- ACCT6015 Extended Performance Reporting
- BUSS6500 Industry Placement
- BUSS6505 Deloitte FASTRACK Innovation Challenge
- BUSS6506 China Industry Placement
- CLAW6030 China's Legal Environment for Business
- CLAW6031 International Financial Crime
- FINC6001 Intermediate Corporate Finance
- FINC6013 International Business Finance
- FINC6016 Financial Instruments and Markets
- IBUS5003 Global Business
- INFS6012 Enterprise Systems Management
- ITLS6001 Value Chain Costing
- ITLS6501 Infrastructure Financing
- QBUS6310 Business Operations Analysis
- WORK5003 Management and Organisations.
Further course information
A candidate for the Master of Professional Accounting completes their core units ACCT5001 Accounting Principles and BUSS5000 Critical Thinking in Business 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.
Course outcomes and further study
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.
The Master of Professional Accounting satisfies the requirements of professional accreditation with CPA Australia (cpaaustralia.com.au) and with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (charteredaccountants.com.au). Students must complete the core units of study to satisfy accreditation requirements.
Students who have completed a Business School Master’s degree are eligible to pursue the Master of Commerce at a reduced duration of one year (normally two years full-time). See Master of Commerce for further information.
The University of Sydney Business School has an outstanding reputation for the quality of its research across a wide range of academic disciplines. The Master of Professional Accounting is an entry pathway to our higher degree by research programs, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil).
The postgraduate research programs offered by the Business School attract a large number of domestic and international students each year. With more than 180 research students currently enrolled, we have one of the largest and most diverse higher degree by research programs in the Asia-Pacific region. Read more information about Sydney research at sydney.edu.au/business/research.
A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Professional Accounting will hold the equivalent of an Australian bachelor's degree, graduate diploma/certificate from a recognised tertiary institution with a minimum credit (65 per cent) average. Qualifications awarded outside Australia can also be used for admission but equivalencies and entry requirements are determined based on the country, institution and qualification. You can find a guideline of the most common international entry requirements at
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Business School.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply:
(i) directly to the University, or
(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2015, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2015, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
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.
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 for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.