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Master of Professional Accounting (ends 2014) (MP12) - MPA

CRICOS code (International applicants): 066849E

This program is offered only to continuing students. No new admissions will be accepted. Students who are interested in this study area should consider theMPAC Master of Professional Accounting which will be offered from Semester 1, 2015.

 On-campusExternalOnline
Semester intake:No new admissionsNo new admissionsNo new admissions
Campus:Springfield, Toowoomba --
Fees:Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration:1.5 — 2 years full-time, up to 6 years part-time 

Notes

There are limited courses available at Springfield campus in semester 3.

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Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 2285
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Professional accreditation

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.

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 (ends S3 2014).

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 Professional Accounting (MPA) will enable non-accounting university graduates and other approved applicants the opportunity to acquire an accounting qualification recognised by the Australian accounting professional bodies. The program comprises 12 courses.

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Program objectives

Successful completion of the Master of Professional Accounting should enable graduates 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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Admission requirements

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

To gain admission to the Master of Professional Accounting, applicants must hold an approved degree at no less than Bachelor or 8-unit Masters level in a non-accounting field from a recognised university or tertiary institution, provided that such qualification is deemed sufficient and appropriate on application, and is in accordance with the appropriate professional body guidelines.

CPA Australia requires students to have a degree (3 years) from a recognised university and have completed the Master of Professional Accounting for Associate membership. An applicant without an approved degree is required to complete the 16-unit Master of Professional Accounting Extended (ends 2014) and a two-year program to compensate for this.

Applicants with overseas academic qualifications in accounting should contact either of the following professional bodies for an assessment of their qualifications (prior to applying for enrolment in the program):


Admission to the program will not be granted to persons who are members of or eligible for membership of CPA Australia or Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

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 structure

Course  Semester of offer
Distance/Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
ACC5202   1, 2  1, 2 
ACC5213 Management Accounting with a Strategic Perspective  1, 2 
ACC5215 Corporate Accounting  1, 2 
ACC5216 Accounting Theory  1, 2 
ACC5218 Auditing Practice  1, 2 
CIS8000 Global Information Systems Strategy (Formerly CIS5001)  1, 2  1, 2 
ECO5000 Economics for Managers  2, 3 
FIN5000 Finance for Managers  1, 3 
FIN5003 Decision Support Tools (Formerly MGT5001).  1, 3 
LAW5201 Commercial Law  1, 2, 3  1, 2  1, 2 
LAW5206 Corporations Law  2, 3 
LAW5230 Taxation Law  1, 2, 3  1  

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Program completion requirements

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

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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of 6 years to complete this program.

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IT requirements

For information technology requirements please refer to the minimum computing standards.

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Exit points

A student who chooses not to complete or who does not maintain good standing in this program will be permitted to exit with a lesser qualification as set out below, provided they have met the requirements of that program.

  • A student who successfully completes 8 Master of Professional Accounting courses may, upon application, exit with a Graduate Diploma of Business (ends S3 2014).

  • A student who successfully completes any 4 courses for the may, upon application, exit with that qualification.


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Credit

As the Master of Professional Accounting is a graduate conversion program, credit approved in the program does not automatically apply to other postgraduate programs offered by the University.

Candidates for the 12-course Master of Professional Accounting may be eligible for up to a maximum total of six units of credit.

Credit may be granted on the basis of completed equivalent postgraduate or undergraduate study from a recognised university.

However, the maximum that will be considered on the basis of undergraduate study is four units of credit.

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Recommended enrolment pattern - Toowoomba campus

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.

Please refer to program structure. Students requiring assistance should contact the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirementsComments
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
ACC5202 111111
LAW5201 Commercial Law111111
FIN5000 Finance for Managers112111
FIN5003 Decision Support Tools112111Formerly MGT5001
ACC5213 Management Accounting with a Strategic Perspective121212Pre-requisite: (ACC5000 or ACC5202) and ACC8000
LAW5206 Corporations Law121212
CIS8000 Global Information Systems Strategy122212Formerly CIS5001
ECO5000 Economics for Managers122212
ACC5215 Corporate Accounting213121Pre-requisite: (ACC5000 and ACC5200) or ACC5202
ACC5216 Accounting Theory213121Pre-requisite: (ACC5200 or ACC5202) and ACC8000
ACC5218 Auditing Practice213221Pre-requisite: (ACC5000 or ACC5202) and ACC8000
LAW5230 Taxation Law213221Pre-requisite: (ACC5000 or ACC5202 or ACC5502 or ACC5216 or ACC5218) and (LAW8500 or (LAW5201 and LAW5206))

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Recommended enrolment pattern - Springfield campus

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.

Please refer to program structure. Students requiring assistance should contact the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirementsComments
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
ACC5202 11
FIN5000 Finance for Managers11
FIN5003 Decision Support Tools11Formerly MGT5001.
CIS8000 Global Information Systems Strategy11Formerly CIS5001
LAW5201 Commercial Law12
ECO5000 Economics for Managers12
ACC5213 Management Accounting with a Strategic Perspective12Pre-requisite: (ACC5000 or ACC5202) and ACC8000
LAW5206 Corporations Law12
ACC5216 Accounting Theory21Pre-requisite: (ACC5200 or ACC5202) and ACC8000
ACC5215 Corporate Accounting21Pre-requisite: (ACC5000 and ACC5200) or ACC5202
ACC5218 Auditing Practice21Pre-requisite: (ACC5000 or ACC5202) and ACC8000
LAW5230 Taxation Law21Pre-requisite: (ACC5000 or ACC5202 or ACC5502 or ACC5216 or ACC5218) and (LAW8500 or (LAW5201 and LAW5206))