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La Trobe University

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Master of Professional Accounting

  • Masters (Coursework)

We've carefully designed our Master of Professional Accounting to give you a solid foundation in every aspect of accounting, including accounting information systems, finance, taxation, auditing and law.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Duration
2 years full-time
Course Code
079547A
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Mar, Jul, Nov
Domestic Fees
$30,800 per year / $61,600 total
International Fees
$39,000 per year / $78,000 total

About this course

We've carefully designed our Master of Professional Accounting to give you a solid foundation in every aspect of accounting, including accounting information systems, finance, taxation, auditing and law. You can also specialise through a range of electives in business analytics, information systems management and finance.

It's an ideal course if you have an undergraduate degree without an accounting major and want to expand your horizons.

You'll learn:

  • Financial and management accounting
    • Recognise and apply the accounting principles that govern the preparation, presentation and communication of accounting information. Learn how to use accounting software to record business transactions.
  • Company and commercial law
    • Explore the core principles of contract law, consumer protection and the law of negligence. Understand how to work with different business structures.
  • Auditing
    • Understand concepts involved in the auditing process and integrate them with practical applications.
  • Tax
    • Examine Commonwealth income tax legislation and the implications of income tax on individuals and businesses.
  • Economics and finance
    • Learn a variety of economic concepts and how to apply them in business and policy-making.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9 - Masters Degree.

Study locations

Bendigo

Melbourne

Sydney

Career pathways

Skilled accounting professionals are required for a diverse range of roles in commercial and public-sector organisations, including:

  • Financial accountant
    • Manage accounting records, financial statements and tax returns for individuals, companies, trusts and super funds.
  • Tax accountant
    • Examine taxes owed and prepare tax returns that comply with reporting and payment requirements.
  • Financial manager
    • Provide management with financial advice and formulate business and budget plans.
  • Forensic accountant
    • Perform forensic analysis on financial data and identify potential fraud or business revenue loss.
  • Business analyst
    • Understand how businesses run and use data to solve problems and improve processes.

Professional recognition

The Master of Professional Accounting is accredited by CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), and, on the Melbourne and Bendigo campus, by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Students are required to complete specific subjects in order to graduate with the CPA Australia and CAANZ accredited qualification. Contact the relevant professional body for details.

Professional registration may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Graduates of the Master of Professional Accounting may apply for membership with the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.