Master of Professional Accounting (12 subjects)


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Program Description

The accredited Master of Professional Accounting (12 subjects) from Charles Sturt University provides a professional accounting qualification designed to meet the academic requirements of both CPA Australia and the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Charles Sturt University can give you the platform for an exciting and meaningful business career.

This course is part of an articulated program of study. Articulated programs allow you to build on your study to achieve the right level of qualification for you.


Course highlights

The Master of Professional Accounting (12 subjects) is designed to build on non-accounting undergraduate studies or an overseas undergraduate accounting degree that is not recognised by Australian professional accounting bodies.

  • Valuable skillset: 
    You'll start your accounting course by studying the concepts and principles of accounting practice, as well as the impact of the business environment on accounting theory and its application, and the regulatory requirements that control the accounting process. You'll also learn to understand and apply principles and analytical techniques from economics, commercial law, business communications and quantitative methods in the accounting context.
  • Study flexibility: 
    You can study this postgraduate accounting course online or, if you are an international student, at our Port Macquarie campus or our Study Centres in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney. If you're studying online, you'll learn through online study materials, video-captured lectures, online meetings and subject forums. You can also fast-track your degree by completing up to four subjects a session.
  • A committed team: 
    Our academic staff are industry experts who bridge the gap between the theories of your studies and their application in the workplace. They are committed to providing quality teaching in a supportive learning environment where your lecturers know your name.

Professional recognition

The Masters level programs have been developed to satisfy, where relevant, the academic requirements of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and CPA Australia.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the Master of Professional Accounting (12 subjects), you could provide auditing, advisory, taxation, insolvency and recovery services to clients, or put your budget planning, management accounting, internal auditing, strategic planning and policy formation skills to work in any sized organisation. You could also make a difference by applying your financial accountability, budgeting and performance measurement, policy formulation and cost-benefit analysis skills for the public good. Whatever industry you'd like to work in and wherever you'd like to live, Charles Sturt University's accounting courses can take you there.

Credit and pathways

If you’ve studied before, you may be able to fast-track your postgraduate degree with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). If you’ve completed the relevant tertiary study, you could be awarded credit for your postgraduate degree. Get in touch to see if you’re eligible for credit based on your previous qualifications or industry experience.

Master of Professional Accounting (12 subjects)

Students may receive up to 50% (six 8 point subjects) worth of credit into the MPA program for related prior studies. Credit will not be awarded for work experience.

Applicants who have completed either the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting or the Graduate Diploma of Accounting will be awarded credit for those subjects upon admission to the Master of Professional Accounting.


For each 8 point subject, you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

Graduation requirements

As a Charles Sturt University student, throughout your course, you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 96 points.

"Factors I considered when I started looking at a university were the quality of the course, the tuition fee and the location of the campus. CSU satisfied all my needs because it was famous for accounting.”
Hong Hai Dao - Master of Professional Accounting

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with Charles Sturt University at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

You can also study accounting, business and information technology courses at a Charles Sturt University Study Centre in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.

Please note: if you choose to study online with Charles Sturt University, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

Entry requirements

For entry to the Master of Professional Accounting (12 subjects) applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree from a recognised Australian tertiary institution (or equivalent). The undergraduate degree must be in a field other than Accounting, or not recognised by the Australian Accounting professional bodies for associate membership. Applicants without a tertiary qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting or Graduate Diploma of Accounting on the basis of professional attainment and/or work experience. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting/Graduate Diploma of Accounting, students will then be eligible for admission to the Master of Professional Accounting (16 subjects) and receive credit for applicable subjects.

English language requirements

You can normally meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements for entry to most Charles Sturt University courses by doing one of the following:

  • Providing evidence of having completed a sufficient standard of study in English.
  • Obtaining Academic IELTS within the last 2 years, with a minimum overall score of 6 and no individual score below 5.5.
  • Obtaining a qualification deemed to be equivalent to Academic IELTS (and its minimum scores) by Charles Sturt.


When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At Charles Sturt University, we’re with you every step of the way.

Key points

  • Charles Sturt University is Australia’s leading regional university. Charles Sturt campuses are small, friendly communities, based in vibrant regional Australian locations.
  • Charles Sturt University is #1 for graduate employment, More Charles Sturt grads get jobs faster than grads from any other university in Australia. (Good Universities Guide 2020/21).
  • Charles Sturt’s approach to teaching and learning combined with hands-on experience ensures graduates have the best opportunities to kickstart careers in their chosen profession.
Last updated Aug 2020

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