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Start date(s):

February, July

Course length:

Full Time: 2 years , Part Time: 4 years


Chadstone, St Kilda Road

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.

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.

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).

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.

All Master of Professional Accounting academic staffs have extensive industry experience and higher and post-graduate education teaching experience.

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.

Course structure

All new students commencing in a higher education course must attend their Faculty Course Orientation and Holmesglen's Higher Education Orientation.

Major studies
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).


Assessment comprises examinations, tests, quizzes, presentations, folios, reports, essays, research projects and case study analysis.







Information systems for Accountants


Business economics


Management accounting and statistics


Financial accounting and reporting


Business and corporations law


Accounting theory


Managerial finance


Taxation law and practice


Auditing and assurance


Critical thinking and communication


Research methods


Research project


Strategic management accounting


Advanced business & corporations law


Advanced taxation law and practice


Organisational behaviour and design


Corporate governance


Strategic management


Workplace attributes and communication

For details of credit points, learning outcomes, weekly contact hours, assessment and pre-requisites, download the Master of Professional Accounting subject summary (Word - 55kb).

Entry requirements

An Australian Bachelor Degree, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate, or an approved international equivalent, in a non-accounting discipline. Students with a general Bachelor Degree in Commerce (no specific major) are eligible to apply. Applications will be assessed on a case by case basis Applicants must demonstrate their preparedness, aptitude and ability to cope with formal postgraduate study at this qualification level.

Interviews may be conducted as part of the application assessment process English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.


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.



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.


The Master of Professional Accounting degree can be used to apply for entry to relevant post-graduate qualifications such as a PhD in an Accounting specialisation.


Graduates from the Master of Professional Accounting will have skills required in a range of professional occupations in the public and private sectors, in:

• Accountant (general)
• Financial accountant
• Management accountant
• Taxation accountant
• External or internal auditor

How to apply


Holmesglen recommends international students apply through one of our accredited student recruitment agents. This will assist you in the preparation of all application documents and ensure that you are well counselled on the Australian Government's Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirements for International students. Further information of the GTE requirements is available at:

To find out more, visit How to Apply for International Students.

If you have further questions about your application, please contact our International Centre:

T: 03 9564 1703



Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.

Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.




International Fee


The above fees are per annum. These are indicative fees only.
Individual subject tuition fees are available for higher education courses.


Under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, Holmesglen Institute must meet tuition assurance requirements for persons, other than overseas students, who are enrolled in the higher education courses we offer in the event we cease to provide a course of study in which a student is enrolled. Overseas students refer to the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2002.

Annual tuition fee:

These are indicative fees only. Holmesglen reviews its tuition fees and other charges annually.
You will be required to pay the current fee that applies from the beginning of the next study period.

To find out more about fees or payment options, visit Fees for International Students.


For more details, please refer to the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2002.

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Contact details

Accounting and Financial Services Open Days

The Master of Professional Accounting is for graduates of non-accounting degrees who are looking for a new career as an accountant. Learn skills to analyse complex accounting information, apply accounting information to solve problems and make sound economic decisions. The MPA will develop your knowledge and skills in related professional disciplines such as finance, taxation, auditing, and management.

- , Thu, 14 Mar - bookings essential.

Holmesglen St Kilda Road Campus, 332 St Kilda Rd Southbank Australia

Accounting and finance can be competitive areas, so Holmesglen works hard to ensure that when you graduate you stand out from the crowd. Our small class sizes mean you benefit from quality training with your peers, and the chance to chat one-on-one with expert teachers who still work in the sector. Visit us on Open Days for an overview presentation on studying within the area of business and finance, then speak individually with a program coordinators about Accounting and Finance specific course information and study options.

- , Thu, 14 Mar - bookings essential.

Holmesglen Chadstone Campus, Batesford Road Chadstone 3148 Australia

Visit us on Open Days for an overview presentation on studying Bookkeeping or a Certificate IV in Accounting, then speak individually with a program coordinator about your specific needs and study options.

- , Thu, 14 Mar - bookings essential.

Holmesglen Chadstone Campus, Batesford Road Chadstone 3148 Australia

Visit us on Open Days for an overview presentation on studying Bookkeeping or a Certificate IV in Accounting, then speak individually with a program coordinator about your specific needs and study options.

- , Thu, 14 Mar - bookings essential.

Holmesglen Moorabbin Campus, 488 South Road Moorabbin 3189 Australia

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