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Degree structure

Degree details

Higher Education

  • An Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent or higher level qualification in any discipline; or 
  • Successful completion of the RMIT Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting.

English Proficiency Requirements

All non-Australian residents and overseas full-fee paying students are required to meet RMIT English language requirements. For more information on these requirements and acceptable English Language tests please see:

www.rmit.edu.au/international/english-equivalent

The Master of Professional Accounting (CPA Australia Extension) program provides you with practical and theoretical knowledge, skills and expertise to become a literate and analytical practitioner in accounting.

This program is designed for graduates of non-accounting disciplines who wish to broaden their career prospects. The Master of Professional Accounting (CPA Australia Extension) aims to develop essential knowledge and skills in core areas of accounting and business with an appreciation of the social, environmental, cultural and ethical issues impacting on contemporary business environments. In addition to completing an accredited postgraduate qualification in Accounting, you will also complete the CPA Program Professional levels segments (MPA/CPA degrees).

The capstone subjects ACCT2280 Strategic Management Control Systems and MPAC50 Accounting Thought and Ethics will give you the opportunity to critically reflect on this degree's curriculum. The subject will promote the integration and synthesis of a range of knowledge and skills gained in the program and the application of these in discipline related real-world scenarios leading to work readiness or entry to graduate studies.

The distinctive structure of the program aligns the content of six of its 16 subjects with the content of six subjects within the CPA Program™ conducted by CPA Australia. By enrolling in RMIT’s Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) (CPA Extension) program you can achieve a master degree and the CPA designation concurrently.

Graduates may gain employment in various sectors including public accounting practice, commercial and government organisations and a wide range of roles.

On completion of this degree you will have developed the knowledge and skills to work as an accountant in a range of diverse organisations. Your knowledge and skills to apply technical accounting and theories to accounting problems and make logical judgements will be developed through the study of a broad range of business disciplines and a specialised accounting major.

On the successful completion of this degree you will be able to:

  1. Integrate advanced theoretical and technical accounting knowledge
  2. Exercise judgement under minimal supervision to solve emerging or advanced in complex contexts
  3. Critically apply advanced theoretical and technical accounting knowledge and skills supervision to solve emerging or advanced in complex contexts.
  4. Justify and communicate accounting advice and ideas in complex collaborative contexts involving both accountants and non-accountants
  5. Seek constructive feedback to identify and action learning opportunities and self-improvements and initiate this process for others
  6. Apply research principles and methods to design innovative options and solutions for, and make reasoned judgements about, problems and issues in contemporary business practice.

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting will articulate to the Master of Professional Accounting (CPA Australia Extension) with advanced standing, and will be required to complete twelve (12) degrees (144 credit points) in order to qualify for the degree.

Credits and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT University’s Credit Policy.

If you wish to apply for RPL or Credit, please complete the below PDF form and attach it to your degree application.

If you have already submitted your degree application, please send your RPL/Credit application directly to RMIT via RMIT Connect

RMIT_Credit_RPL_Application_Form.pdf (661 KB)

Recommended Study Pattern

The Master of Professional Accounting (CPA Australia Extension) is comprised of sixteen subjects. Students should follow the structure as follows:

Stage A:
1. MPAC10 Accounting, Accountability and Society
2. MPAC20 Business and Corporations Law
3. MPAC70 Financial Decision Making
4. MPAC30 Contemporary Financial and Integrated Reporting

Stage B:
1. ACCT2280 Strategic Management Control Systems
2. ECON1315 Quantitative Methods for Economic Analysis
3. ACCT2270 CPA Ethics and Governance
4. MPAC110 Assurance and Forensic Accounting

Stage C:
1. MPAC50 Accounting Thought and Ethics
2. BUSM4449 Business Research Design
3. ACCT2272 CPA Financial Reporting and Disclosure
4. ACCT2278 CPA Strategic Management Accounting

Stage D:
1. ACCT2276 CPA Global Strategy and Leadership
2. ACCT2268 CPA Contemporary Business Issues
3. ACCT2274 CPA Financial Risk Management
4. MPAC90 Taxation Law and Practice

Award Requirements

To meet the requirements of the Master of Professional Accounting (CPA Australia Extension), students must satisfactorily complete 16 core subjects.

Exit Points

The Master of Professional Accounting (CPA Australia Extension) has two early exit points.

Students may exit with a Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting after the successful completion of the first four (4) subjects:

  1. MPAC10 Accounting, Accountability and Society
  2. MPAC20 Business and Corporations Law
  3. MPAC70 Financial Decision Making
  4. MPAC30 Contemporary Financial and Integrated Reporting

Students may exit with a Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting after the successful completion of the eight (8) discipline core subjects:

  1. MPAC10 Accounting, Accountability and Society
  2. MPAC20 Business and Corporations Law
  3. MPAC70 Financial Decision Making
  4. MPAC30 Contemporary Financial and Integrated Reporting
  5. ACCT2280 Strategic Management Control Systems
  6. ECON1315 Quantitative Methods for Economic Analysis
  7. MPAC90 Taxation Law and Practice
  8. MPAC110 Assurance and Forensic Accounting