This section outlines the course rules and other requirements for the Professional Accounting programs offered by the University of Sydney Business School.
|Course||Master of Professional Accounting *
||Master of Professional Accounting *||Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting|
|Credit points required for completion||96||72||48|
|Duration (minimum)||2 years full-time||1.5 years full-time||1 year full-time|
|4 years part-time||3 years part-time||2 years part-time|
* Please note: The 72 credit point (12 unit) Master of Professional Accounting is only available to students commencing in Semester 1, 2013 (March). Students commencing study from Semester 2, 2013 will enrol in the 96 credit point (16 unit) Master of Professional Accounting program. Students commencing the 96-credit point degree may be eligible for a reduction in the volume of learning for certified prior business study or professional business work experience.
Note: The Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting is offered as a course exit point only to students who complete four units of study for the Master’s degree or Graduate Diploma. It does not accept direct admissions.
Note: This course is only available for students commencing in Semester 1, 2013 (March).
The Master of Professional Accounting (12 unit program) is a 1.5-year program of full-time study (or three years part-time) designed to enable graduates with a recognised bachelor’s qualification, graduate certificate or graduate diploma in any field, and at a standard acceptable to the University of Sydney Business School, the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required for Associate Membership of professional accountancy bodies and as a foundation for a successful and rewarding career in professional accountancy.
Note: This course is for students commencing from Semester 2, 2013 (July).
The Master of Professional Accounting (16 unit program) is a two-year program of full time study (or four years part-time) designed to enable graduates with a recognised bachelor’s qualification, graduate certificate or graduate diploma in any field, and at a standard acceptable to the University of Sydney Business School, the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required for Associate Membership of professional accountancy bodies and as a foundation for a successful and rewarding career in professional accountancy. The foundation of the program exposes students to the broad organisational, regulatory and market context in which accountants operate. Building upon these foundations, students pursue advanced learning in accounting within the contexts of both professional practice and the theoretical paradigms that underpin such practice. The program reinforces technical excellence in these fields within a framework that emphases core professional competencies in critical thinking, problem-solving and strategic decision-making, professional communication and persuasion, information systems applications and management and ethical awareness and reasoning. While designed specifically for those from a non-business degree background, the program is also open to those with a prior bachelor’s qualification or higher in a business-related field.
The Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting is based on the master’s program but requires the completion of fewer units of study. It is an option for students who do not want to commit to a full master’s program in the first instance, but who still wish to gain a solid grounding in their chosen field. In most circumstances, students progress to the Master of Professional Accounting (16 unit program only) on satisfactory completion of the graduate diploma at a standard acceptable to the Business School.
The course structures and progressions are set out as follows: