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Master of Professional Accounting

Townsville, Singapore, Brisbane
February, July
Study in Brisbane and Singapore is over 3 trimesters. Start dates in March, July and November.
2 years full time
Attendance mode
Entry Requirements
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in non-accounting discipline; or equivalent
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JCU Accounting graduates have an in-depth knowledge of accounting and highly-developed professional judgement and reasoning skills.

Graduates pursue job opportunities in the public and private sector.

You could find employment as an accountant with this degree accredited by Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) AustraliaChartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Turn your undergraduate degree into a career in accounting with the fully-accredited Master of Professional Accounting at JCU. Develop the skills and knowledge required to become a practising accountant with flexible study options.

Focus on essential areas of accounting including management, corporate finance, auditing, business and taxation law, data analysis, and economics for sustainability. Explore introductory and advanced issues in accounting and demonstrate your understanding through an applied research project.

Understand both historical and contemporary perspectives and evaluate social and environmental practices. Make recommendations and give informed advice with confidence. Develop your professional judgement to work independently and with integrity.

Master of Professional Accounting graduates are highly-skilled professionals who lead successful careers in finance.

Consult the handbook for further information.

What you need to know before you apply

Certified copies of supporting documents

You must supply the following information with your application:

  • Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
  • The Grading Scale used at the institution(s) where you have undertaken your studies
  • English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
  • Your passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)

You can speed up the application process by emailing copies of your documents to If your application is approved you must then post certified copies and/or documents to:

James Cook International
James Cook University
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA

If your documents are in a language other than English, you must provide both certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.

An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of the original document, signed and certified as a copy of the original by a public notary, registered agent of JCU, or a representative of the institution. Copies of certified copies are not acceptable.

Credit and Articulation

Before applying for credit for previous studies you should read the Credit and Articulation Procedure. You can review any possible credits you may have with our Credit Calculator. When you apply for credit you must submit the course syllabi (subject outline) for each relevant subject and ensure the subject corresponds to a similar JCU subject.

Entry requirements

As well as having the prerequisites for this course, you must also meet minimum academic and language requirements.

Check the minimum English language proficiency requirements for this course in the Course Handbook.

If you meet the academic requirements for this course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will receive a packaged offer. This includes the opportunity to take an English language program as well as an offer to study a degree at JCU. Your JCU degree offer will be conditional on you gaining a certain grade in your English program.

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

Application deadlines

  • 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
  • 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – application deadlines vary for Singapore and Brisbane. View academic calendars.

How to apply

Gather electronic copies of your documentation, including an Application for Credit form, if relevant.

Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.

Complete all questions, upload all documents, and submit your application. You may wish to include a second course preference.

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Help with your application

If you need help with your application, or would like to change your preferences (e.g. course, campus, commencing semester) after you have submitted your application please contact JCU International Admissions at or phone: +61 7 4781 5601

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Master of Professional Accounting

Handbook year


Course code


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.


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; and

    - Clear and fluent written communication

  • Work effectively in achieving common goals, demonstrating both collaboration and 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


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

CO5140:03 Information Analysis and Systems

LB5229:03 Economics for a Sustainable World

LB5235:03 Applied Research Project











Expected time to complete

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

8 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


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 Transfer Procedure.

In particular the following general credit 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 credit.

*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.


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


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

Other restrictions

No credit will be granted for work experience.

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


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

Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$32,720 (Estimate only)

Course fees are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.

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, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependents accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international students.

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

Ruth Xu, Master of Professional Accounting

Ruth found her passion in accounting and auditing and shares her experience in her current role and how the Master of Professional Accounting has helped her prepare for her career.