Master of Professional Accounting

Southern Cross University

Program Description

Master of Professional Accounting

Southern Cross University

If you are keen for a quick return on investment on upskilling for a new career, look no further than the Master of Professional Accounting at Southern Cross.

This CPA Australia and CA accredited course not only provides you with an accounting qualification but also with commercial know-how, critical thinking and expert communication skills for decision-making.

The degree will hone your leadership and research skills and provides you the opportunity to delve into areas of practice, such as taxation law, auditing or corporate governance at greater depth. You will also have the opportunity to select a research project that most intrigues you and undertake it under the supervision of leading business experts.

The Master of Professional Accounting is a 2-year program – shorter if you have previously completed relevant education – designed to deliver you the career of your choice. The door will be opened for qualified and skilled professional accountants in a diverse range of jobs, fields, and locations.

Career Opportunities

The global accounting profession has high employment demand, offering MPA graduates the opportunity to seek employment in a range of industries in Australia and abroad.

Graduates of the MPA are equipped to work in business, government and not-for-profit organizations in accounting, financial services, and management positions. Management roles and activities undertaken by graduates include developing financial plans, preparing and certifying financial reports, conducting audits, advising company directors, shareholders and clients.

Professional Recognition

The Master of Professional Accounting is accredited by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA).

Graduates may also be eligible to apply for admission to the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

Professional Placement

As part of this course, students may choose to undertake a 150-hour internship (equivalent to one unit) in either a paid or volunteer role. This practical experience, combined with theoretical understanding, enhances the learning experience for students.
Students are responsible for securing their internship placement and are given extensive assistance in interview and application procedures, access to an extensive database of potential employers and roles and ongoing support from the dedicated Work Integrated Learning team.

Major Areas of Study

The MPA comprises a core sequence of units that meet the professional accounting educational requirements and includes study in the following areas: business accounting, accounting information systems, financial reporting, management accounting, economics, quantitative analysis, company and commercial law, finance, accounting, theory, and research.

Students also study advanced topics in accounting such as tax law and practice, auditing and assurance and corporate governance. Management skills are also honed through the study of communications and a number of electives. A key feature of the MPA program is the opportunity to undertake a double-weighted industry research project that students can apply to their current or future workplace.

Assessment methods

The course incorporates progressive assessment and examinations. Students are assessed on the basis of written and oral assignments reflecting authentic work tasks and contemporary topics. These assignments come in a range of formats designed to assist knowledge and skills development over the duration of the course. Formats include business reports, case studies, discussion board posts, presentations, quizzes, and research plans and studies.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Lectures may be streamed live or pre-recorded; either way, students can download a recording at their convenience.

Each week, students progress their learning by following activities, readings and case studies laid out, step-by-step, in a website for each unit. As they move through the learning outcomes, they can discuss their progress in online forums and ask questions of their peers, lecturer or tutor.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated July 14, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is
Online
Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Mar. 4, 2019
July 2, 2019
Duration
Duration
2 - 4 years
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
27,600 AUD
$27,600, annual tuition fee in Gold Coast for international students. $30,000 in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, for international students. Enquire about scholarship opportunities of up to $5000
Information
Deadline
Locations
Australia - Bilinga, Queensland
Start date : Mar. 4, 2019
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End date Mar. 4, 2021
Start date : July 2, 2019
Application deadline May 21, 2019
End date July 2, 2021
Start date : Oct. 2019
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End date Oct. 29, 2020
Australia - Sydney, New South Wales
Start date : Mar. 4, 2019
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End date Mar. 4, 2021
Start date : July 2, 2019
Application deadline May 21, 2019
End date July 2, 2021
Start date : Oct. 2019
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End date Oct. 29, 2020
Australia - Melbourne, Victoria
Start date : Mar. 4, 2019
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End date Mar. 4, 2021
Start date : July 2, 2019
Application deadline May 21, 2019
End date July 2, 2021
Start date : Oct. 2019
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End date Oct. 29, 2020
Australia - Perth, Western Australia
Start date : Mar. 4, 2019
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End date Mar. 4, 2021
Start date : July 2, 2019
Application deadline May 21, 2019
End date July 2, 2021
Start date : Oct. 2019
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End date Oct. 29, 2020
Dates
Mar. 4, 2019
Australia - Bilinga, Queensland
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End date Mar. 4, 2021
Australia - Melbourne, Victoria
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End date Mar. 4, 2021
Australia - Perth, Western Australia
Application deadline Request Info
End date Mar. 4, 2021
Australia - Sydney, New South Wales
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End date Mar. 4, 2021
July 2, 2019
Australia - Bilinga, Queensland
Application deadline May 21, 2019
End date July 2, 2021
Australia - Melbourne, Victoria
Application deadline May 21, 2019
End date July 2, 2021
Australia - Perth, Western Australia
Application deadline May 21, 2019
End date July 2, 2021
Australia - Sydney, New South Wales
Application deadline May 21, 2019
End date July 2, 2021
Oct. 2019
Australia - Bilinga, Queensland
Application deadline Request Info
End date Oct. 29, 2020
Australia - Melbourne, Victoria
Application deadline Request Info
End date Oct. 29, 2020
Australia - Perth, Western Australia
Application deadline Request Info
End date Oct. 29, 2020
Australia - Sydney, New South Wales
Application deadline Request Info
End date Oct. 29, 2020