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    Master of Professional Accounting

    Curtin University

    Curtin University


    Australia, Perth

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    Key Facts

    Program Level

    Master by Course Work

    Study Type

    Full Time


    On Campus

    Course Code



    Curtin Perth

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    Start & Deadlines

    Next Intake Deadlines22-Jul-2024
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    Duration 2 year(s)
    Tuition Fee
    AUD 33,410  / year
    Next Intake 22-Jul-2024

    Master of Professional Accounting


    This two-year qualification will help you to step into the field of accounting and broaden your career prospects.

    In your first year, you will begin to develop the financial, analytical, research and communication skills required of professional accountants, studying the same content as in our integrated Graduate Certificate in Accounting and Graduate Diploma in Accounting. You will build your understanding through theoretical study and real-life cases. You will then select between one of three majors in your second year.

    You will develop hands-on experience using a range of software used in professional accounting firms, including Xero, Excel, R, Tableau, SPSS, Oracle, APEX, Pythion, ArcGIS and VSOviewer to enhance your employability. You will also undertake an accounting research project, where you will analyse the performance of a real company and prepare a financial analysis.

    Towards the end of your course, you will undertake an industry-connected capstone experience, including an internship, research project or study tour. You will also be able to attend employee presentations to expand your networks, with past companies including Coca-Cola Amatil, Grant Thornton and Nexia.

    Choose your major

    In your second year, youll get to choose a major: a series of more than eight units in the same discipline.

    CPA Australia

    The CPA Australia major will provide you with specific tuition, to help you meet the requirements to become a Certified Practising Accountant with CPA Australia. You will be responsible for all fees set by CPA Australia, including subject exam fees.

    Digital Technologies and Data Management

    The Digital Technologies and Data Management major will improve your skills in information security, data management, programming, database design, database analytics and security, and business project management, to help you gain specific roles in information technology accounting.

    Advanced Accounting

    The Advanced Accounting major will provide you with advanced knowledge and skills in management accounting, financial accounting and auditing issues. You can choose from a list of optional units, including on finance and investment.

    Note: If you do not hold a recognised bachelor degree, you should instead study the Graduate Diploma in Accounting. If you hold a bachelor degree in accounting, you should instead apply for the one-year Master of Accounting.

    Why study

    • The number of accountants in Australia continues to grow strongly, according to the ABS Labour Force Survey. When you complete this course, you will have built a solid foundation in accounting and be prepared to embark on a career in both small and large accounting firms, as well as organisations in the private and public sectors. Youll expand your understanding of accounting through theoretical study and real-life cases.
    • The Curtin Accounting Association can help to grow your network and connect you with industry. The association is run by Curtin accounting students and is sponsored by CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants, EY, KPMG and the Curtin Student Guild.
  • apply principles of financial accounting, managerial accounting, governance and auditing to grasp theoretical underpinnings of the discipline. Extend knowledge base with research and application of business research methods.
  • apply critical and analytical thinking to develop innovative solutions to complex problems in relevant business fields.
  • locate, extract and critically appraise information from a range of sources and effectively communicate it using structured financial or other appropriate language to a professional audience for a range of purposes.
  • develop ongoing professional, self-directed and reflective education relating to developments and changes in the information requirements of a global financial system that is multi-perspective in nature, and apply international financial reporting standards.
  • recognise that cultural practices and differences impact upon commercial endeavours and interpersonal relations. Work effectively in multicultural team environments.
  • exhibit professional and ethical approach to analysing and reporting commercial activities demonstrating leadership, collaborative and independent qualities when required, in compliance with appropriate legislation and protocols.
  • Requirements

    Entry Requirements

  • Completion of 3 year post-secondary (post Year 12 equivalent) qualification OR hold a Bachelor degree (or equivalent) from a recognised University which is comparable to an AQF Associate Degree
  • English Program Requirements

    If English is not your first language, you must also check that you meet English language requirements for your chosen course. Australian students must also meet the English entry requirements.



    • Certified Practising Accountant
    • Senior accountant
    • Chief Financial Officer
    • Information technology accountant
    • Accountant
    • Auditor
    • Business analyst
    • Company secretary
    • Insolvency consultant
    • Internal auditor
    • Tax agent
    • Treasurer


    • Accounting
    • Finance and investment
    • Government
    • Law
    • Resources and renewables

    Fee Information

    +estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load

    Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
    Scholarships and financial aid available if eligible

    Tuition Fee

    AUD 33,410 

    How to Apply

    Have your supporting documents to hand, and ensure they meet our guidelines. The documents may include certified copies of your qualifications, English language proficiency documents and supplementary forms for certain courses.

    If your documents are not issued in English, an official translation from a recognised translation service must be provided.

    Recognised translation services

    • National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) accredited translator in Australia
    • The Awarding institution
    • A Notary Public Office
    • The official Government body
    • An official and accredited translator*

    *Official translations are subject to review.

    If you have undertaken previous study or work that matches the content of some of your Curtin course units, you may be able to obtain credit for recognised learning, which exempts you from studying those units.

    Applying online: Use the ‘Apply now’ button on the relevant course page and following the prompts.

    Applying by mail or email: Download the International application for admission form [.pdf – 307 kB].

    If you want to package your course with a Curtin English course, you can submit your application with your course application documents to streamline the process.

    If your application is successful, you will receive an offer that you will need to accept or reject.

    If you accept your offer, you will receive a Confirmation of Enrolment ­– a document from Curtin that details your course, how long you will be studying the course, and the tuition fees. This document can be used for acquiring a student visa.

    Apply to the Australian government for your student visa. Gaining a student visa will allow you to participate in full-time study in Australia and work up to 40 hours in a fortnight. If you’re under 18 years of age, you must have approved accommodation and welfare arrangements in place before a visa can be issued.

    See our pre-departure resources for helpful information regarding your move to Perth.

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