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Master of Business Administration and Master of Professional Accounting (MBAC) - MBAMPA

CRICOS code (International applicants): 085603C

 On-campusOnline
Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 3 (November)
Campus:Springfield, Toowoomba -
Fees:Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration:2.5 years full-time, up to 8 years part-time 
Program articulation:

From: Graduate Certificate of Business

To: Doctor of Business Administration

Notes

There are limited courses available in semester 3.

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Professional accreditation

Master of Professional Accounting component

Graduates of this program will meet the educational entrance requirements of CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ). This provides Associate membership of CPA Australia, eligibility to study the CPA Australia professional exams and eligibility to study the CAANZ professional exams.

Successful completion of the Master of Professional Accounting program can qualify students for exemptions from the Fundamental level (9 papers) of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) exams.

The Master of Professional Accounting is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

We recommend that graduates in Accounting from an overseas university obtain a qualifications assessment from CPA Australia before applying for admission. In many cases, such graduates may be required to complete only 3 - 4 courses to achieve Associate membership. These can be studied through a Graduate Certificate of Business.

Local recognition (for overseas students):

For overseas candidates seeking membership of their home accounting bodies, full members of CPA Australia and/or CAANZ are usually offered reciprocal membership. This is a fast track to become a qualified accountant in one's home country.

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Program aims

The Master of Business Administration and Master of Professional Accounting double degree encapsulates the aims of each program. The Master of Professional Accounting is a professionally-oriented program that provides university graduates with the opportunity to acquire an accounting qualification recognised by the Australian accounting professional bodies. The Master of Business Administration is an advanced academic program for graduates from any discipline who have considerable business experience, and who have a recognised potential for advanced managerial responsibility. This program focuses on those areas of modern management that develop judgement, skills and attitudes that are essential to managerial responsibility

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Program objectives

Master of Business Administration

The objectives of the Master of Business Administration are to produce graduates who are able to:

  • demonstrate applied knowledge of people, markets, finances, technology and management skills in practice

  • identify and solve complex organisational problems, creatively, and practically to increase the effectiveness of management processes

  • communicate professionally and effectively in a range of modes to various audiences to achieve targeted outcomes

  • demonstrate an understanding of organisations in the global environment and the impact of these on organisational systems

  • evaluate, synthesise and critically review theoretical frameworks with other evidence to provide solutions to real-world problems

  • demonstrate reflective practice and apply learning to different contexts

  • demonstrate an understanding of the impact of interpersonal communication on specific management processes and outcomes using relevant theories and concepts

  • comprehend and address complex ethical dilemmas

  • demonstrate an understanding of complex sustainable dilemmas and the need for responsible leadership

  • demonstrate an understanding of the skills required to work in non-traditional and virtual working environments

  • demonstrate the skills required for leadership of other, working in teams and working with people from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds in both virtual and real-time spaces

  • communicate professionally and effectively in both oral and written communication to various audiences to achieve targeted outcomes.


Master of Professional Accounting

The objectives of the Master of Professional Accounting are to produce graduates who are able to:

  • prepare and analyse financial and management accounting reports

  • audit financial records and statements and produce audit reports

  • prepare taxation returns and advise clients on taxation issues

  • comprehend and apply accounting theory to current accounting developments and problems

  • understand and apply the principles of business finance and investment evaluation

  • comprehend the legal framework within which businesses operate and apply this knowledge in addressing commercial legal problems.


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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 09. Graduates at this level will have specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting www.aqf.edu.au.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Completion of an Australian university Bachelor degree in the area of business and a minimum of two years' professional work experience in business, or equivalent.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 3.


For candidates who have a Bachelor degree or equivalent (AQF level 7) in a non-related discipline from a recognised institution, with two years' professional work experience in business, USQ’s Graduate Certificate of Business provides an articulation pathway into the Master of Business Administration and Master of Professional Accounting double degree. Upon completion and achievement of a minimum GPA of 4.0, they will be eligible for entry into the Master of Business Administration and Master of Professional Accounting double degree.

Candidates with a Graduate Certificate (AQF 8) or higher qualification in any discipline, with two years' professional work experience in business may apply for entry into the Master of Business Administration and Master of Professional Accounting double degree. Eligibility for entry will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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Program fees

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program completion requirements

Students commencing Semester 1, 2018

Students who have completed ACC5202 Accounting in Semester 1, 2018 must complete ACC8003 Accounting Information Systems and Controls in 2018.

Course   Semester of offer
Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
ACC5202 Accounting  1, 2  1, 2 
ACC5213 Management Accounting with a Strategic Perspective  1, 2   
ACC5215 Corporate Accounting  1, 2 
ACC5216 Accounting Theory 
ACC5218 Auditing Practice  1, 2   
ACC8000 Research in Accounting Practice  1, 2  1, 2 
ACC8003 Accounting Information Systems and Controls#  1, 2 
ECO5000 Economics for Managers  2, 3 
FIN5003 Decision Support Tools  1, 3 
FIN8201 Corporate Finance  1, 3 
LAW5230 Taxation Law  1, 2, 3 
LAW8500 Australian Commercial and Corporations Law^  1, 2     
MBA8000 Applied Business Research and Ethics  1, 2 
MGT5000 Managing Organisational Behaviour  1, 3 
MGT8002 Strategic Management  1, 2, 3 
MGT8022 Project-Based Management  1, 2, 3   
MGT8033 Leading Organisational Change  1, 2   
MKT5000 Marketing Management  2, 3 
Plus 2 elective courses *       

Footnotes
#Students who have not completed CIS8000 Global Information Systems Strategy must enrol in ACC8003 Accounting Information Systems and Controls.
^Students who have successfully completed LAW5201 Commercial Law , but not LAW5206 Corporations Law , must enrol in LAW8500 Australian Commercial and Corporations Law. Students who have successfully completed LAW5201 Commercial Law and LAW5206 Corporations Law must select an elective.
*Students must complete two elective courses. These courses must be 5000 or 8000 level courses which may be chosen from any Business and Commerce coursework Masters program. It is recommended that students confirm their choice of elective courses with the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts.

Students commencing Semester 2, 2018

Course   Semester of offer
Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
ACC5000 Accounting Applications±  1, 2   1, 2   1, 2  
ACC5200 ~  1, 2  1, 2  1, 2 
ACC5213 Management Accounting with a Strategic Perspective  1, 2   
ACC5215 Corporate Accounting  1, 2 
ACC5216 Accounting Theory 
ACC5218 Auditing Practice  1, 2   
ACC8000 Research in Accounting Practice  1, 2  1, 2 
ECO5000 Economics for Managers  2, 3 
FIN5003 Decision Support Tools  1, 3 
FIN8201 Corporate Finance  1, 3 
LAW5230 Taxation Law  1, 2, 3 
LAW8500 Australian Commercial and Corporations Law^  1, 2     
MBA8000 Applied Business Research and Ethics  1, 2 
MGT5000 Managing Organisational Behaviour  1, 3 
MGT8002 Strategic Management  1, 2, 3 
MGT8022 Project-Based Management  1, 2, 3   
MGT8033 Leading Organisational Change  1, 2   
MKT5000 Marketing Management  2, 3 
Students must complete two (2) of the following courses: 
ACC8105 Financial Statement Analysis 
ACC8801 Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility 
ACC8802 Strategic Applications of Management Accounting 

Footnotes
±First offer for this course is S2, 2018. Students commencing in S2, 2018 will be required to complete ACC5000 Accounting Applications instead of ACC8003 Accounting Information Systems and Controls .
~First offer for this course is S1 2019.
^Students who have successfully completed LAW5201 Commercial Law , but not LAW5206 Corporations Law , must enrol in LAW8500 Australian Commercial and Corporations Law. Students who have successfully completed LAW5201 Commercial Law and LAW5206 Corporations Law must select an elective.

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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of 8 years to complete this program.

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Electives/Approved courses

Students must complete two elective courses. These courses must be 5000 or 8000 level courses which may be chosen from any Business and Commerce coursework Masters program. It is recommended that students confirm their choice of elective courses with the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts.

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Other program requirements

Students must maintain good standing in this program. Please refer to the Academic Standing, Progression and Exclusion Procedure

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Articulation

Students who complete the Master of Business Administration component are eligible to apply for the Doctor of Business Administration , provided that they meet all of the admission requirements for that program. Please refer to the Doctor of Business Administration for further information, or contact the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts.

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Exit points

A student who chooses not to complete or who does not maintain good standing in the Master of Business Administration and Master of Professional Accounting double degree may be permitted to exit with a lesser qualification as set out below, provided that they have met the requirements of that program.

  • A student who successfully completes all twelve courses for the Master of Business Administration, may upon application exit with that degree. A student who has successfully completed all the requirements of at least one specialisation may have one specialisation shown on their testamur.

  • A student who successfully completes eight units may, upon application, exit with a Graduate Diploma of Business. A student who has successfully completed all the requirements of at least one specialisation may have one specialisation shown on their testamur

  • A student who successfully completes all requirements for the Graduate Certificate of Business may, upon application, exit with that qualification. A student who has successfully completed all the requirements of a four-unit specialisation may have that specialisation shown on their testamur.


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Credit

Credit may be granted on the basis of equivalent courses undertaken at postgraduate level. A double degree is required to meet the requirements of each degree studied with a maximum of 50 percent credit for each program studied individually.

The Master of Business Administration and Master of Professional Accounting double degree meets the requirements of the 12-unit Master of Business Administration and the 16-unit Master of Professional Accounting . The Master of Business Administration and Master of Professional Accounting requires 20 units to be completed with cross credit of 4 units from the Master of Business Administration and 4 units from the Master of Professional Accounting.

Credit may be granted on the basis of completed equivalent postgraduate study from a recognised university. In order for credit to be granted, the claim must meet the following specific requirements:

  • the course was passed within five years prior to the application (courses up to 10 years old may be considered if evidence is provided that the applicant has been employed in that field)

  • the course passed is equivalent in objectives, content and weightings to a course prescribed in the Master of Business Administration, or alternatively, the course is suitable as an elective

  • the maximum granted is no greater than six units of credit for the Master of Business Administration

  • the maximum granted is no greater than six units of credit for the Master of Professional Accounting

  • credit approved in this program will not automatically apply to other programs offered by USQ.


Note: Where credit is granted, maximum and minimum duration will be adjusted in the same proportion as the credit, for example, where the maximum of 50 percent credit is granted, maximum and minimum duration will be reduced by one-half.

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Semester 1 intake - Toowoomba

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
ACC5202 Accounting 11
MGT5000 Managing Organisational Behaviour 11
FIN5003 Decision Support Tools 11
ACC8000 Research in Accounting Practice 11Pre-requisite: ACC5000 or ACC5202 Co-requisite: FIN5003
LAW8500 Australian Commercial and Corporations Law ^12Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPAC or MBAC or GDBS or MP12 or MPAE or MBPA or MPRM or MPJM or MPPM
ACC8003 Accounting Information Systems and Controls #12Pre-requisite: ACC5202
ECO5000 Economics for Managers 12
ACC5215 Corporate Accounting 12Pre-requisite: (ACC5000 and ACC5200) or ACC5202
ACC5213 Management Accounting with a Strategic Perspective 21Pre-requisite: ACC5202. Students in the MPAC and MBAC must also complete ACC8000.
FIN8201 Corporate Finance 21
ACC5216 Accounting Theory 21Pre-requisite: ACC5202. Students in the MPAC and MBAC must also complete ACC8000.
Selective21
MKT5000 Marketing Management 22
MGT8022 Project-Based Management 22
ACC5218 Auditing Practice 22Pre-requisite: ACC5202. Students in the MPAC and MBAC must also complete ACC8000.
MGT8033 Leading Organisational Change 22
MGT8002 Strategic Management 31
LAW5230 Taxation Law 31Pre-requisite: (ACC5202 or ACC5502 or ACC5216 or ACC5218) and (LAW8500 or LAW5201 and LAW5206)
MBA8000 Applied Business Research and Ethics 31
Selective31

Footnotes
^Students who have successfully completed LAW5201 Commercial Law, but not LAW5206 Corporations Law, must enrol in LAW8500 Australian Commercial and Corporations Law. Students who have successfully completed LAW5201 Commercial Law and LAW5206 Corporations Law must select an elective.
#Students who have not completed CIS8000 Global Information Systems Strategy must enrol in ACC8003 Accounting Information Systems and Controls.

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Semester 1 intake - Springfield

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
ACC5202 Accounting 11
MGT5000 Managing Organisational Behaviour 11
FIN5003 Decision Support Tools 11
ACC8000 Research in Accounting Practice 11Pre-requisite: ACC5000 or ACC5202 Co-requisite: FIN5003
ACC8003 Accounting Information Systems and Controls #12Pre-requisite: ACC5202
ACC5213 Management Accounting with a Strategic Perspective 12Pre-requisite: ACC5202. Students in the MPAC and MBAC must also complete ACC8000.
ACC5216 Accounting Theory 12Pre-requisite: ACC5202. Students in the MPAC and MBAC must also complete ACC8000.
ECO5000 Economics for Managers 12
LAW8500 Australian Commercial and Corporations Law ^21Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPAC or MBAC or GDBS or MP12 or MPAE or MBPA or MPRM or MPJM or MPPM
ACC5215 Corporate Accounting 21Pre-requisite: (ACC5000 and ACC5200) or ACC5202
MBA8000 Applied Business Research and Ethics 21
LAW5230 Taxation Law 21Pre-requisite: (ACC5202 or ACC5502 or ACC5216 or ACC5218) and (LAW8500 or LAW5201 and LAW5206)
MKT5000 Marketing Management 22
MGT8033 Leading Organisational Change 22
MGT8002 Strategic Management 22
ACC5218 Auditing Practice 22Pre-requisite: ACC5202. Students in the MPAC and MBAC must also complete ACC8000.
FIN8201 Corporate Finance 31
MGT8022 Project-Based Management 31
Elective31
Elective31

Footnotes
#Students who have not completed CIS8000 Global Information Systems Strategy must enrol in ACC8003 Accounting Information Systems and Controls.
^Students who have successfully completed LAW5201 Commercial Law, but not LAW5206 Corporations Law, must enrol in LAW8500 Australian Commercial and Corporations Law. Students who have successfully completed LAW5201 Commercial Law and LAW5206 Corporations Law must select an elective.

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Semester 2 intake - Toowoomba, Springfield and Online

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
ACC5000 Accounting Applications ±122
ECO5000 Economics for Managers 122, 3
MGT8033 Leading Organisational Change 1, 222
MKT5000 Marketing Management 122, 3
ACC5200 ~11, 21, 2
ACC8000 Research in Accounting Practice 11, 21, 2Pre-requisite: ACC5000 or ACC5202 Co-requisite: FIN5003
FIN5003 Decision Support Tools 111, 3
MGT5000 Managing Organisational Behaviour 111, 3
ACC5213 Management Accounting with a Strategic Perspective 211, 2Pre-requisite: ACC5202. Students in the MPAC and MBAC must also complete ACC8000.
ACC5215 Corporate Accounting 21, 21, 2Pre-requisite: (ACC5000 and ACC5200) or ACC5202
ACC5216 Accounting Theory 21, 21, 2Pre-requisite: ACC5202. Students in the MPAC and MBAC must also complete ACC8000.
LAW8500 Australian Commercial and Corporations Law ^21, 2Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPAC or MBAC or GDBS or MP12 or MPAE or MBPA or MPRM or MPJM or MPPM
LAW5230 Taxation Law 211, 2, 3Pre-requisite: (ACC5202 or ACC5502 or ACC5216 or ACC5218) and (LAW8500 or LAW5201 and LAW5206)
FIN8201 Corporate Finance 211, 3
MBA8000 Applied Business Research and Ethics 211, 2
Selective21
ACC5218 Auditing Practice 31, 21, 2Pre-requisite: ACC5202. Students in the MPAC and MBAC must also complete ACC8000.
MGT8022 Project-Based Management 311, 2, 3
Selective31
MGT8002 Strategic Management 31, 21, 2, 3

Footnotes
±First offer for this course is S2, 2018. Students commencing in S2, 2018 will be required to complete ACC5000 Accounting Applications instead of ACC8003 Accounting Information Systems and Controls.
~First offer for this course is S1 2019.
^Students who have successfully completed LAW5201 Commercial Law, but not LAW5206 Corporations Law, must enrol in LAW8500 Australian Commercial and Corporations Law. Students who have successfully completed LAW5201 Commercial Law and LAW5206 Corporations Law must select an elective.