Master of Professional Accounting - Master of Business Administration
This joint masters provides training in the key areas of accounting and finance, while at the same time exposing you to key management skills such as strategy and leadership, human relations, marketing, business law, taxation, economics and business information systems.
JCU’s Master of Professional Accounting - Master of Business Administration has 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.
This joint masters provides training in the key areas of accounting and finance, while at the same time exposing you to key management areas such as strategy and leadership, human relations, marketing, business law, taxation, economics and business information systems.
James Cook University’s professional programs are internationally recognised and teaching staff are often research leaders in their fields.
Our accounting subjects are offered after hours in Cairns and Townsville with intensive weekend workshops. You may also study part-time.
JCU's joint Master of Professional Accounting - Master of Business Administration (MPA-MBA) degree can be completed in two years. The degree is designed for students who intend to work as professional accountants and in senior management positions. Joint degrees are in high demand in Australia and overseas. Our MBA-MPA delivers comprehensive training in accounting and finance, and includes key management areas such as human resources (HR), marketing, legislation, taxation, and business information systems.
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.
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Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Master of Professional Accounting – Master of Business Administration
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 business discipline other than accounting from this or another University; or
Other qualifications and/or experience recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies as equivalent to the above
*Business disciplines: Marketing, Management, Commerce, HRM, Economics, Tourism and Hospitality, or other disciplines where students will have completed study relating to organisational behaviour, business, strategy, marketing, economics, communication and people management.
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 as per course structure
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 Business Administration component of the joint degree, JCU graduates will be able to:
On successful completion of the Master of Professional Accounting component of the joint degree, JCU graduates will be able to:
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
LB5230:03 Managing Strategic Resources and Operations
LB5234:03 Leading and Managing Organisational Change
LB5235:03 Applied Research Project
Select 3 credit points of any LB5 subjects
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 Transfer Procedure.
24 credit points and not more than 12 credit points of subjects specified in the course structure, for either component of the degree
Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 4 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Credit gained for any 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 this course.
Credit will not be granted for work experience or for undergraduate study.
MASTER OF PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTING – MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
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 relevant number of credit points and appropriate subjects, may be eligible to take out one or more of the following awards:
- 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 email@example.com.
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.
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.