Master of Professional Accounting

Courses and Study Australian courses Master of Professional Accounting

JCU’s Master of Professional Accounting prepares you for a modern accounting career. Today’s accountants are problem solvers, business advisors and much more. Accountants are central to maintaining financially strong and sustainable business practices.

Campus
Townsville; External; Cairns; Singapore; Brisbane
Australian students may study in Singapore, International students may study in CNS, TSV, BNE, SIN.
Start dates
February
Duration
2 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus

Career opportunities

JCU's Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) offers fully accredited accounting qualifications to graduates from non-accounting backgrounds. We have full accreditation with the Australian professional accounting bodies, Certified Practising Accountants Australia (CPA), Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), which is the global body for professional accountants. ACCA qualifications are recognised worldwide.

JCU graduates are eligible for associate membership of these organisations. Associate members are given the opportunity to undertake further study and practical experience (as required by each professional body) to become full members and fully qualified accountants.

Course highlights

James Cook University’s professional programs are internationally recognised, and our teaching staff are often research leaders in their fields.

Our Master of Professional Accounting degree is flexible, with subjects offered after hours and in block-mode (intensive) weekend workshops. We also offer a Graduate Diploma and a Graduate Certificate in Accounting, these can be used a fast-track pathway into a shorter MPA.

Course overview

JCU’s Master of Professional Accounting prepares you for a modern accounting career. Today’s accountants are problem solvers, business advisors and much more. Accountants are central to maintaining financially strong and sustainable business practices. The MPA provides training in the key areas of accounting and finance, while the addition of core business subjects gives you the expertise required for a modern accounting career. Accountants have strong earnings potential and employment opportunities include public accounting practice, auditing, financial analysis and consulting.

Joint degree options

Joint degrees give postgraduate students expertise in a complementary discipline in reduced time and can enhance your career prospects. At JCU the Master of Professional Accounting can be combined as a joint degree in:

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – three semesters per year. View academic calendars.

Subjects

Course Structure

BUSINESS SUBJECTS

LB5202:03 Marketing Management

LB5205:03 People in Organisations

LB5212:03 Accounting and Finance for Managers

LB5236:03 Comparative Global Business Systems

CORE SUBJECTS

CO5103:03 Management Accounting

CO5109:03 Corporate Finance

CO5117:03 Introduction to Accounting

CO5118:03 Auditing and Assurance Services

CO5119:03 Business Law

CO5120:03 Taxation Law

CO5121:03 Law of Business Organisations

CO5122:03 Accounting for Corporations

CO5123:03 Advanced Issues in Accounting

CO5124:03 Data Analysis and Decision Modelling

LB5229:03 Economics for a Sustainable World

LB5235:03 Practical or Research Project

Pathway into course

Please consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

Handbook

Master of Professional Accounting

Course code

109504

Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)

Professional accreditation status

This course is jointly accredited by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ). Students who complete the accredited award may join either or both of the professional accounting bodies (CPA Australia, and/or Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)). They must then complete the professional programs of whichever body they join plus their required number of years of professional experience in order to become full members of the accounting profession and practice as an accountant.

Division

Tropical Environments and Societies

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a non-accounting discipline, from this or another university; or

Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies as equivalent to the above.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy or have successfully completed an AQF 8 qualification from James Cook University within the previous two (2) years.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

48 credit points

Course learning outcomes

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

On successful completion of the Master of Professional Accounting, JCU graduates will be able to:

  • Critically analyse complex accounting-related knowledge and practice from both historical and contemporary perspectives

  • Evaluate contexts within which differing accounting performance reporting and monitoring methods should be integrated and applied

  • Evaluate sustainable economic, social and environmental practices and value systems from accounting disciplinary perspectives

  • Integrate advanced theoretical and technical accounting knowledge which includes a selection of auditing and assurance, finance, economics, quantitative methods, information systems, commercial law, corporation law and taxation law

  • Research and apply established concepts to solve business and professional practice problems

  • Critically analyse complex contemporary business issues using appropriate accounting models and techniques and make reasoned recommendations based on a synthesis of theory and evidence

  • Present complex business analyses and information appropriately to both accountants and non-accountants using:

  • Effective oral presentation skills

  • Clear and fluent written communication

  • Work effectively in achieving common goals, demonstrating both:

  • Collaboration

  • Leadership

  • Adapt accounting constructs and skills to diverse theoretical or practical situations

  • Exercise judgement under minimal supervision to solve emerging and/or advanced accounting problems in complex contexts using social, ethical, economic, regulatory and global perspectives

  • Seek and reflect on performance feedback to identify and action learning opportunities and self-improvements and initiate this process for others.

Course Structure

BUSINESS SUBJECTS

LB5202:03 Marketing Management

LB5205:03 People in Organisations

LB5212:03 Accounting and Finance for Managers

LB5236:03 Comparative Global Business Systems

CORE SUBJECTS

CO5103:03 Management Accounting

CO5109:03 Corporate Finance

CO5117:03 Introduction to Accounting

CO5118:03 Auditing and Assurance Services

CO5119:03 Business Law

CO5120:03 Taxation Law

CO5121:03 Law of Business Organisations

CO5122:03 Accounting for Corporations

CO5123:03 Advanced Issues in Accounting

CO5124:03 Data Analysis and Decision Modelling

LB5229:03 Economics for a Sustainable World

LB5235:03 Practical or Research Project

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Brisbane

 

Singapore

 

Townsville

 

External

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

8 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

Successful completion of all accredited subjects fulfils the academic entry requirements for the professional accounting bodies Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

A student who has failed a single subject towards the award in their final teaching period and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for exemption for previous tertiary study where appropriate in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

In particular the following general advanced standing will be granted;

  • AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a cognate discipline* – 12 credit points (4 business subjects)

  • AQF level 7 bachelor degree in non-cognate discipline and relevant work experience**  - 12 credit points (4 business subjects)

  • AQF level 8 JCU Graduate Certificate in Accounting – 12 credit points (4 core subjects – not LB5235)

  • AQF level 8 JCU Graduate Certificate in Business Administration – 12 credit points (4 business subjects)

NB Where practical experience without qualifications, as set out above, is used to meet entry requirements that experience will not be used to give advanced standing.

*Accounting and Finance, Marketing, Management, Commerce, HRM, Economics, Tourism and Hospitality or other disciplines where Students will have completed study relating to accounting and finance, organizational behaviour, business, strategy, marketing, economics, communication and people management.

**Applicants must have a minimum of 4 years full-time equivalent professional work experience in a management, leadership or supervisory level in a business environment or be eligible for a member grade status of a relevant professional organisation. Students will have demonstrable effective management experience relating to accounting and finance, organizational behaviour, business, strategy, marketing, economics, communication and people management.

Maximum allowed

24 credit points, unless part of an approved articulation process.

Currency

Advanced standing for core subjects will be granted only for studies completed in the 4 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any core subject shall be cancelled 12 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

No advanced standing will be granted for work experience.

Award Details

Award title

MASTER OF PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTING

Approved abbreviation

MPA

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable – this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed the appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of either the Graduate Certificate or the Graduate Diploma of Accounting.

Course articulation

Not applicable

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.