Course rules and resolutions

 

Master of Professional Accounting

Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting

Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Coursework Policy 2014, the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended), the Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015 and the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016. Up to date versions of all such documents are available from the Policy Register: http://sydney.edu.au/policies.

Course resolutions

1 Course codes

Code

Course title

MAPROACC-02

Master of Professional Accounting

GNPROACC-01

Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting

GCPROACC-01

Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting

 

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full time or part time according to candidate choice.

3 Master's type

The master's degree in these resolutions is a professional master's course, as defined by the Coursework Policy.

4 Embedded courses in this sequence

(1)
The embedded courses in this sequence are:
(a)
the Master of Professional Accounting
(b)
the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting
(c)
the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting
(2)
Providing candidates satisfy the admission requirements for each stage, a candidate may progress to the award of any of the courses in this sequence and receive full credit for work completed in the prior award. Only the highest award completed will be conferred.

5 Admission to candidature

(1)
Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit in accordance with the following admissions criteria:
(a)
Master of Professional Accounting
(i)
a pass bachelor's degree or higher qualification with a minimum credit average (or equivalent) at an institution approved by the Business School; or
(ii)
a pass bachelor's degree or higher qualification with a minimum pass average (or equivalent) and performance in an admissions test approved by the Business School to a standard considered satisfactory by the Business School; and
(iii)
satisfaction of the English language requirements; and
(iv)
any other minimum standards specified by the Business School.
(b)
Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting
(i)
a pass bachelor's degree or higher qualification (or equivalent) at an institution approved by the Business School and graded at a standard acceptable to the Business School;
(ii)
satisfaction of the English language requirements; and
(iii)
any other minimum standards specified by the Business School.
(c)
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting is only by transfer from the master's degree or graduate diploma.
(2)
In exceptional circumstances the Business School may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the Business School, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

6 Requirements for award

(1)
The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in the Table of postgraduate units of study: Professional Accounting.
(2)
To qualify for the award of the Master of Professional Accounting a candidate must complete 96 credit points, comprising:
(a)
84 credit points of core units of study; and
(b)
12 credit points of elective units of study.
(3)
To qualify for the award of the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting a candidate must complete 48 credit points, comprising:
(a)
30 credit points of core units of study; and
(b)
18 credit points of elective units of study.
(4)
To qualify for the award of the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting, a candidate must complete 24 credit points of units of study from the Table of postgraduate units of study: Professional Accounting.

7 Recognition of prior learning

(1)
Waivers may be granted or the volume of learning may be reduced in recognition of prior learning in accordance with the Coursework Policy 2014 (Note: a waiver on its own waives a requirement but does not reduce the volume of learning for the degree as a whole).
(2)
Candidates for the Master of Professional Accounting may be eligible for a reduction in the volume of learning of up to 24 credit points for a relevant bachelor's degree (or equivalent). A reduction in the volume of learning will be awarded in the form of:
(a)
specific credit for BUSS5080;
(b)
specific credit for foundation level units of study which also satisfy CPA Australia competence requirements;
(c)
up to 12 credit points of additional non-specific credit.
(3)
Candidates for the Master of Professional Accounting may be eligible for credit of up to 48 credit points for relevant postgraduate studies (or equivalent), as follows:
(a)
specific credit for BUSS5080;
(b)
specific credit for units of study which also satisfy CPA Australia competence requirements;
(c)
up to 12 credit points of additional non-specific credit.
(4)
Candidates for the Master of Professional Accounting may be eligible for a reduction in the volume of learning in the form of non-specific credit of up to 12 credit points for documented professional work experience of at least 3 years duration (full-time equivalent) in business or commerce which is deemed by the Business School to have conferred a depth of learning equivalent to that of a graduate certificate.
(5)
Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting may be eligible for specific credit of up to 24 credit points for relevant postgraduate studies where no award has been conferred (and which also satisfies CPA Australia competence requirements).
(6)
Candidates of the University of Sydney who have completed relevant postgraduate studies which form part of the Professional Accounting award will be eligible for full credit where no award has been conferred.

8 Progression rules

Unless otherwise permitted, candidates must complete the units of study in a prescribed sequence as specified by the Business School.

9 Award of the master’s degree, graduate diploma and graduate certificate

The master's degree, graduate diploma and graduate certificate will be awarded in the pass grade.

10 Course transfer

(1)
A candidate for the Master of Professional Accounting or Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting may elect to discontinue study and graduate with a shorter award from this embedded sequence, with the approval of the Business School, and provided the requirements of the shorter award have been met.
(2)
A candidate for the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting may elect to upgrade to the Master of Professional Accounting with full recognition of prior learning upon completion of a minimum of 24 credit points provided that a credit average is achieved.

11 Transitional provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January 2020 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January 2020 who elect to proceed under these resolutions. Students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January 2020 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement.