The Master of Professional Accounting equips you with the skills and expertise required to excel in the professional field of accounting. Graduates of the course will have a thorough foundation in the traditional disciplines underpinning the accounting profession. No longer accepting new students into this course.
Career opportunities, include:
Pathways to further study:
- PhD in an Accounting specialisation.
Studying the Master of Professional Accounting at Holmesglen
Throughout the course, you will become proficient in integrating advanced theoretical and technical accounting and related knowledge. This includes auditing and assurance, finance, economics, quantitative methods, information systems, taxation law, and business and corporations law.
In addition, you will develop an understanding of research methods and a selection of advanced taxation law and practice, advanced business and corporations law, corporate governance and management.
After completion of this course, you will have the capacity to work and pursue a career in a range of roles, organisations and sectors, both public and private, to provide solutions across a wide array of disciplines encompassed by the accounting profession.
At Holmesglen, we are committed to supporting our students to achieve their learning goals, so we provide small classes with hands-on experiences. With small classes, you won't be lost in the crowd. You'll soon get to know your fellow students and feel part of Holmesglen - and your teachers will know you as an individual.
Mode of study: Full-time, on-campus face-to-face delivery.
All new students commencing in a higher education course must attend their Faculty Course Orientation and Holmesglen's Higher Education Orientation.
This program will build your knowledge of Accounting, Auditing, Economics, Finance, Law, Statistics, Taxation Law and Practice, Financial Accounting and Management Accounting.
Key study areas include:
• Auditing principles and practice
• Taxation practice and taxation law
• Financial accounting
• Understanding business and corporations laws
• Understanding of the modern economy
• Advanced management accounting methodologies.
The Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) consists of 16 subjects (13 core subjects and three electives).
||Information systems for Accountants
||Management accounting and statistics
||Financial accounting and reporting
||Business and corporations law
||Taxation law and practice
||Auditing and assurance
||Critical thinking and communication
||Strategic management accounting
||Advanced business & corporations law
||Advanced taxation law and practice
||Organisational behaviour and design
||Workplace attributes and communication
| Code || Name |
|MPA102||Information systems for Accountants|
|MPA104||Management accounting and statistics|
|MPA105||Financial accounting and reporting|
|MPA106||Business and corporations law|
|MPA109||Taxation law and practice|
|MPA110||Auditing and assurance|
|MPA111||Critical thinking and communication|
|MPA201||Strategic management accounting|
|MPA202||Advanced business & corporations law|
|MPA203||Advanced taxation law and practice|
|MPA204||Organisational behaviour and design|
|MPA208||Workplace attributes and communication|
Assessment comprises examinations, tests, quizzes, presentations, folios, reports, essays, research projects and case study analysis.
For details of credit points, learning outcomes, weekly contact hours, assessments, pre-requesites and co-requisites, download the Master of Professional Accounting subject summary Word - 96kb)
Prior to enrolment or commencement of this higher education program, you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment. This will assist with determining your suitability to the course, and identify any learning support needs.
Applicants with Higher Education Study
- Your entire academic record will be considered.
- Applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. You must demonstrate your preparedness, aptitude and ability to cope with formal post-graduate study at this qualification level. Students who have previously undertaken a degree with a specialisation in Accounting will not be eligible for the Master of Professional Accounting, or the nested Graduate Diploma in Accounting.
- You will be required to attend an interview and bring a current resume detailing work history as well as certified copies of relevant qualifications. Selection will be based on previous study, work experience and motivation to study.
Applicants with Work and Life Experience
- Your entire academic record will be considered.
- You will be required to attend an interview and to bring a current resume detailing work history as well as certified copies of relevant qualifications. Selection will be based on previous study, work experience and motivation to study.
An applicant may be eligible for credit to a maximum of 50 per cent of course requirements for previous graduate level studies.
Credit or exemption will not be granted for undergraduate qualifications.
Maximum credit allowed: 48 credit points
COVID-19 vaccination requirements
Please refer to our coronavirus update page to view current vaccine requirements.
You may be able to shorten the length of your studies by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training, or work and life experience. Read more about gaining advanced standing and credits.
Qualification and recognition
After successful completion of 16 subjects (13 core and 3 electives), you will be eligible to achieve the Master of Professional Accounting.
Alternative Exit (Nested qualification)
Students wishing to exit the Master of Professional Accounting after the first year may apply to graduate with the Graduate Diploma in Accounting, provided they have satisfied the requirements for the Graduate Diploma award.
Connections with industry
Our Master of Professional Accounting is accredited by industry professional bodies, including Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).
All Master of Professional Accounting academic staffs have extensive industry experience and higher and post-graduate education teaching experience.
How to apply
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|Tuition fees (GST exempt)
|Full Fee||$17,029||per annum|
|*Student Services and Amenities Fees (GST exempt)||$315||per annum|
|Mandatory materials fee (GST inc)||$0||per course|
|Mandatory activities fee (GST inc)||$0||per course|
|**Additional course costs||$0||per course|
For details of fees per unit, download the Master of Professional Accounting- Full Fee 2022 tuition fees(Word-125kb).
*Students are required to pay a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). This fee contributes to the cost of providing student support services including counselling, welfare services, learning support and other activities provided by the student support and wellbeing teams. For 2022, the SSAF fee is $315 for 12 months. This fee is charged per semester at $157.50 per semester. All local higher education students are required to pay this fee at the time of enrolment, regardless of study mode. Part time students are charged 75% of this amount. For more information, please visit the SSAF webpage.
**Additional costs may also apply for course consumable and other costs. These may include consumables such as learning resources, personal protective equipment/clothing and other costs such as immunisation costs, National Police Check and Working with Children Check for relevant courses. To view the additional costs that apply for each course, download a full list of estimated additional costs by course (PDF - 102kb).
Higher Education Loans Program (HELP) are available to eligible students to pay for tuition and studnet amenities fees for this course. Read more about HELP.
Find out more about paying for your course. Mandatory materials and activities fees, and additional course costs are not covered by HELP Loans.
All fees are indicative only. Holmesglen reviews its tuition fees and charges annually. You will be required to pay the current fee that applies from the beginning of the next study period.
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