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Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting

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Overview

This program will help you develop the skills and expertise you need for a rewarding career in accounting. Based on our Master of Professional Accounting, but requiring fewer units of study, you will start to develop the knowledge and expertise to future-proof your career.

The Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting will expose you to the broad organisational, regulatory, market and technological contexts in which accountants operate. You will pursue advanced learning in professional practice, the theory that underpins it and the people skills that make accounting information most effective.

This course will enhance your career and enable you to progress to the Master of Professional Accounting.

Subject areas

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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

Your fee

Your funding and scholarships

How to apply

What you'll study

Through theory and professional practice, you will be exposed to the broad organisational, regulatory and market context in which accountants operate, and learn to solve accounting and business problems in innovative ways.

Core units of study

  • Accounting Principles
  • Managerial Accounting and Decision Making
  • Intermediate Financial Reporting
  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Capital Markets and Corporate Finance 

Elective units of study

Completion of three electives is also a requirement of the course selected from:

  • Contemporary Issues in Auditing 
  • Advanced Financial Reporting 
  • Critical Thinking in Business 
  • Firms, Markets and Business Management 
  • Corporate Structures in Practice 
  • Taxation Law and Practice 
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Quantitative Methods for Accounting

Units of Study

Completion requirement

The Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting requires the completion of 48 credit points comprising:

  • 30 credit points in core unit of study, and
  • 18 credit points in elective units of study.

 

Sample study plan

Full-time study load

Semester Unit of Study
1 Accounting Principles Legal Environment of Business Capital Markets and Corporate Finance Succeeding in the Accounting Profession
2 Intermediate Financial Reporting Managerial Accounting and Decision Making Corporate Structures in Practice Accounting Information Systems

 
Part-time study load

Semester Unit of Study
1 Accounting Principles Legal Environment of Business
2 Intermediate Financial Reporting Capital Markets and Corporate Finance
3 Managerial Accounting and Decision Making Succeeding in the Accounting Profession
4 Taxation Law and Practice Firms, Markets and Business Management

 

Admission criteria

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

  • Australian bachelor's degree or higher (minimum 60 percent average) or equivalent qualification, or
  • Australian bachelor's degree or higher with a pass average (minimum 50 percent) or equivalent qualification, and satisfactory performance in the GMAT (for guidance, the class average score is 590) or equivalent Business School approved admissions test.

Students are able to apply to upgrade from the graduate diploma to the master's degree.

Any grade requirements listed are based on the University of Sydney guide to grades.

For a guide to common international qualifications and equivalent admission criteria, please download the Business School Admission Criteria (pdf, 81.2KB).
 

Professional accreditation

The Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting is partially accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

You need to complete the compulsory units of study to satisfy professional accreditation requirements. For more detailed information download the Professional Accounting Accreditation Guide (pdf, 201KB).

Career pathways

Graduates from the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting are well equipped for careers in accounting practices, including as financial controllers, company secretaries, financial analysts and planners, tax and estate advisers, financial and management accountants and auditors.

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.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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, protective 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 a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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.

Adam Aziz

Adam Aziz
Master of Professional Accounting
Auditor (Assurance) - PwC Australia


“During my time at the University of Sydney Business School, I grew to understand the sheer scope of the accounting profession and I have a better appreciation of the role accountants play in society. My postgraduate study has also placed me in a strong position to pursue my entrepreneurial ambitions.

“I now have a greater knowledge of how companies operate and profit. With my blend of accounting and economics expertise and my passion for consumer behaviour, I am much better equipped to embark on my entrepreneurial pursuit.”

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