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Summary
Master of Professional Accounting (MPAC)
  • CRICOS: 082462B

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • Online

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)
  • Semester 3 (November)

Number of Units
  • 16 units

Duration
  • 2 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook

Accounting is critical

Accounting is a critical component of any company or institution. Accounting as a profession has seen a major shift in recent decades, from a strictly financial focus of economic accountability to a more complex role within business organisations and management. The accounting profession has also expanded to include areas such as information systems, insolvency and forensic investigations.

Change to a career in accounting

If you want to become an accountant and already have a bachelor or 8-unit non-accounting master's degree , the Master of Professional Accounting will get you there. The emphasis is on practical experience and preparing you thoroughly for the accounting profession through this master’s conversion program.

Professional accreditation

Graduates of the Master of Professional Accounting will meet the educational entrance requirements of both the CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), as long as a certain list of subjects are studied.

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 can qualify students for exemptions from the Fundamental level (9 papers) of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) exams. For further details please refer to the ACCA website.

You will graduate as a qualified accountant, your career opportunities may include public accountant, chartered accountant, company accountant, company secretary, financial administrator, investment advisor, forensic accountant, in the government (in the tax department, audit office, treasury and local government), or in financial institutions including banks and building societies.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 15
plus  1 x elective 1
Total 16
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this program:

Study Mode Cost
External/Online AUD 27040
On-campus AUD 29840

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • 3-year bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised institution.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Admission pathways

Pathway programs are also available if you don't meet the English entry requirements mentioned above.


How to apply

CRICOS: 082462B

Note: Semester 3 intake is only available via distance education and online.

Closing dates

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 3, 2019 - Monday 18 November 2019.
  • Semester 1, 2020 - Monday 24 February 2020.
  • Semester 2, 2020 - Monday 13 July 2020.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.