Master of Professional Accounting

RMIT University

Program Description

Master of Professional Accounting

RMIT University

Master of Professional Accounting

A professionally accredited accounting program aimed at graduates of non-accounting disciplines who want to broaden their career prospects.

In order to meet accreditation requirements, you’ll need to complete compulsory curriculum areas designated by CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Our program offers studies in the core areas of accounting and business and social, environmental, cultural and ethical issues that affect contemporary business environments.

Learning and teaching

RMIT’s new Swanston Academic Building, offers interactive lecture and tutorial spaces, lectorial theatres, small-group rooms and other innovative spaces.

RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are primarily in English.

You will have access to the Learning Hub and other online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.

Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.

Program structure

You must complete, or be exempted from completing, 192 credit points, which equals 16 courses (12 credit points each). The program is structured in stages to enable you to:

  • gain a solid background in business
  • undertake coursework specific to accounting
  • combine core discipline knowledge with electives to consolidate the knowledge you have gained through your studies
  • cover compulsory curriculum areas designated by CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia to meet accreditation requirements
  • develop more general professional capabilities so you can apply your knowledge in a work context.

Management and Cost Accounting is a compulsory work-integrated learning course studied in the first year of the program.

Professional recognition and accreditation

The Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) is specifically designed to comply with the accreditation requirements of the professional accounting bodies in Australia: CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Successful completion of specific courses within the MPA entitles you to apply for associate membership of CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Institute of Public Accountants.

You must then undertake the chosen professional body’s qualification program and gain 3 years’ relevant practical experience to gain full membership.

Entry requirements

An Australian bachelor degree or equivalent in any discipline, except accounting, from a recognized tertiary institution with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 1.0 (out of 4.0)/50%/Pass.

English language requirements:

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • Academic IELTS (minimum scores) overall band of 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0
  • TOEFL (Paper-based): minimum score of 580 (with a Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet-based): minimum score of 92 with a minimum of 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English (Advanced CAE): CAE Grade B
  • Pearsons: Minimum score of 58 (no band less than 50).
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus or Online
Start Date
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Jan. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Jan. 2017
Australia Melbourne, Victoria
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