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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
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Mar, Jul, Nov
Domestic Fees
$30,800 per year / $61,600 total
International Fees
$30,800 per year / $61,600 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.

Sample course structure

Please note, the following course structure is indicative and subject to change depending on your course location, offer year or how you tailor your course with specialisations, majors, minors and electives. Structures for the following year are not normally finalised until October, so the sample provided is based on the most recently approved structure. For more information, please refer to the La Trobe University Handbook.

To qualify for the award of Master of Professional Accounting, students must complete a total of 240 credit points across 2 years.

Year 1 requires the completion of 120 credit points including:

  • 120 credit points from chosen Core

Year 2 requires the completion of 120 credit points including:

  • 60 credit points from chosen Core
  • 60 credit points from chosen Electives
Study options

Core subjects are required subjects in your course. You need to complete these subjects to attain your degree.

Subject name Subject code Year Credit points ACADEMIC INTEGRITY MODULE LTU0AIM 1 0 ACCOUNTING FOR MANAGERS ACC5AFM 1 15 FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING INFORMATION SYSTEMS ACC5FAS 1 15 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT FIN5FMA 1 15 FOUNDATIONS OF COMPANY AND COMMERCIAL LAW LST5CCL 1 15 MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING ACC5MCR 1 15 PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS BUS5POE 1 15 STATISTICS FOR BUSINESS AND FINANCE BUS5SBF 1 15 SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT & MARKETING BUS5SMM 1 15 ADVANCED ACCOUNTING ISSUES ACC5AAI 2 15 ADVANCED AUDITING AND ASSURANCE SERVICES ACC5AAS 2 15 ADVANCED CORPORATE ACCOUNTING ACC5CRE 2 15 TAXATION ACC5TAX 2 15

A range of standalone elective subjects is available in this course. Some electives are recommended for your course, but you may also be able to choose from a range of University-wide electives or electives from other interest areas or disciplines. Note these electives may have their own prerequisites and other requirements. Please refer to the La Trobe University Handbook for the subjects available.

See La Trobe University Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses.

  • Melbourne (Bundoora)

To view other campus handbook course details, please select relevant campus in the drop down.

Study locations

Melbourne

Sydney

Bendigo

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.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Business & Management courses at La Trobe University.
74.2%
Overall satisfaction
77.8%
Skill scale
62.9%
Teaching scale
85.5%
Employed full-time
$107k
Average salary