Master of Professional Accounting
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Qualify as a Certified Public Accountant. Explore corporate accounting, economics and income tax. Learn how to prepare financial statements and solve organisational problems with your knowledge of business law.
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What you'll learn
Graduates of the Master of Professional Accounting will have a body of advanced knowledge that includes the understanding of 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; and an understanding of the principles and methods that underpin research within the accounting field.
You will be qualified for work in government administration, business planning, cost and management accounting, auditing, information systems, taxation, finance and banking, stockbroking, treasury, foreign exchange, superannuation, consulting, insurance, and manufacturing.
Completion of the listed courses in the Master of Professional Accounting provides exemptions from the ACCA Foundation Level Exams F1-F9.
To be eligible for admission to the Master of Professional Accounting, a student must:
- hold any Bachelor degree from a recognised University (or another tertiary education institution of equivalent standing) with a minimum GPA 4.0 (using a 7.0 scale), OR
- hold a Griffith Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting (or equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 4.0 (using a 7.0 scale). Students with a Griffith Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting will receive 40 credit points of credit.
Students who have completed a degree with accounting studies but not accredited with CPA Australia for Associate membership will be considered for admission.
English Proficiency Requirements
English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this program are as follows:
- A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0
- OR a minimum score of 575 on TOEFL
- OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no sub-score less than 19)
- OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)
- OR a minimum overall score of 176 (no score less than 169) on C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English) or C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English)
- OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.
English test results must be no more than two years old.
Students who successfully complete the Direct Entry Program (DEP) will satisfy the English Language requirements for this Griffith degree.
Credit for previous study or work
Reduce the time it takes to finish your degree. You can apply to Griffith to recognise your prior learning, including:
- Formal learning through courses completed at uni and TAFE.
- Informal learning through workplace experience or volunteer training.
- Non-formal learning through social experiences and hobbies.
If you are from a non-accounting background or do not have a CPA Australia accredited undergraduate degree with a major in accounting, the Master of Professional Accounting conversion program will give you the training in accounting and related areas needed to meet the academic requirements for Associate membership with CPA Australia and admission to CPA Australia's CPA Program, and the CA Program of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
This program will enable you to develop the technical and conceptual skills needed to become an accountant and will develop your ability to analyse, critique and synthesise various accounting and related principles, methods and techniques. This program will also provide academic support to help you prepare for CPA Australia's CPA Program and ACCA's professional level examinations.
The program has a foundation component (Graduate Certificate) which allows those without a prior degree in Professional Accounting (or equivalent) and those looking for a career change to participate. Those with qualifications and experience in the field can also enter the program and progress to the advanced level study.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
As a guide, core subjects in this degree can include:
- Accounting and Governance
- Management Accounting and Strategy
- Principles of Business and Corporations Law
- Corporate Finance
Plus there’s a selection of electives to choose from. As part of your application, you’ll be guided through how to get the right degree structure in place for you.
Pathway 1 (Standard)
To be eligible for the award of Master of Professional Accounting (MProfAcc), a student must acquire 160 credit points as prescribed below:
- gain 120 credit points for core courses and gain 40 credit points for listed electives.
Pathway 2 (Advanced)
To be eligible for the award of Master of Professional Accounting (MProfAcc), a student admitted with credit must acquire 120 credit points as prescribed below:
- gain 60 credit points for core courses and gain 60 credit points for listed electives.
This degree may be awarded with Distinction where a student achieves a minimum program GPA of 6.5 with no failed courses. The words 'This award was achieved with Distinction' will be recorded on the testamur.