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Master of Professional Accounting
Take your career worldwide with this fully accredited accounting master’s degree. This master’s program will give you the financial management skills needed to become an accredited practising accountant.
If you are from a non-accounting background and have an undergraduate degree, this Master’s program is for you.
As an accountant with a master’s degree, you can pursue job opportunities within both the public and private sectors. You will have the ability to use your in-depth knowledge of accounting and finance to inform managerial decisions.
With qualifications accredited with the professional accounting bodies — Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) — take your career nationwide or global.
Fit this degree in with your work and life balance. You can study part- or full-time, either on campus or externally. As an Australian student, you can choose to study at the JCU Singapore campus.
Throughout this course, you will focus on the key areas of accounting such as business and taxation law, auditing, data analysis, economics, and management accounting.
You will gain an understanding of how to use accounting for large corporations and develop basic marketing, human relations and economics skills.
Towards the end of your degree, you will apply theoretical knowledge to a research project. Following this degree, you may choose to undertake further study to become a full member of the accounting profession.
If you have completed the appropriate subjects, you may be eligible to exit this degree prior to completion with either the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of Accounting.
You will need to supply the following with your application
- Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
- Grading Scale used at the institution/s you have undertaken your studies
- English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
- Passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)
Advanced Standing (credit for prior learning)
If you wish to seek credit for previous studies, you can submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject you have already studied. You will need to ensure that previous subjects, that you wish to gain credit for, correspond to a similar JCU subject. View JCU subject outlines and Course Enrolment Planners to assist in this process.
Certified copies and original documents
Posted, faxed, scanned or uploaded copies can be used during the assessment process. However once your application is approved you will need to supply original certified documents. These may be posted to:
James Cook University,
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA
If documents are written in a language other than English you will need to provide certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.
An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of an original document that has been certified as a true copy and signed by the certifier - public notary, registered agent of James Cook University or a representative of the institution. The certification must be original; photocopies or facsimiles of certified copies are not acceptable.
Take note of the duration, cost and campus availability of your selected course. You may wish to include a second course preference.
- Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.
- Gather electronic copies of your documentation including advanced standing application if relevant. You will need to provide original certified copies of your documents once your application has been approved.
- Complete all the questions and upload all your documents. You can save and continue the application later if you need to.
- Submit your application.
Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – three semesters per year. View academic calendars.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Master of Professional Accounting
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.
Tropical Environments and Societies
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
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:
LB5202:03 Marketing Management
LB5205:03 People in Organisations
LB5231:03 Corporate Responsibility and Governance
LB5236:03 International Political Economy
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 Applied Research Project
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
2 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Special assessment requirements
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
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.
Students may apply for exemption for previous tertiary study where appropriate in accordance with the Credit and Articulation policy and associated procedures.
In particular the following general advanced standing will be granted;
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.
24 credit points, unless part of an approved articulation process.
Advanced standing for core subjects will be granted only for studies completed in the 4 years prior to the commencement of this course.
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.
No advanced standing will be granted for work experience.
MASTER OF PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTING
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.
- 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
- 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)
Completion of a recognised, appropriate undergraduate degree, or equivalent prior learning including appropriate professional experience.
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be issued a JCU degree offer conditional upon achieving the required scores in an approved English test. You can undertake an English program at JCU to improve your skills prior to sitting your English test. If you are interested in doing this please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$31,200 (Estimate only.)For more information, refer to the relevant course fee information in the 2019 International Postgraduate Guide (PDF, 8034 KB)
A Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.
Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependants accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
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.
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