Master of Professional Accounting (Specialisation)
Add to your degree and become an accountant
Designed for people without a background in accounting, students may be able to apply for associate membership of CPA Australia. Understand how to communicate with accountants and clients. Choose a specialist area of interest.
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Australia’s fourth oldest university, the University of Tasmania, is highly regarded internationally for teaching and academic excellence. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees and more than 50 postgraduate programs across a range of disciplines. The university offers students a diverse range of opportunities, the chance to learn from leading experts, and excellent preparation for their future careers.
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Graduates who successfully satisfy the requirements of this degree should be able to:
Research, critique and integrate advanced technical, specialist, and theoretical knowledge with recent developments in commerce;
Utilise clear and concise oral and written communication skills to justify business advice and ideas in diverse collaborative contexts involving both accountants and non-accountants;
Anticipate and solve complex problems and through this process demonstrate information literacy, judgement, and the ability to apply theoretical and technical knowledge;
Apply interpersonal and collaborative skills when making decisions and working with people from diverse backgrounds;
Seek and reflect on feedback to improve personal, professional, and ethical conduct and initiate learning opportunities for self and others;
Reflect on issues of social responsibility and sustainability in the business context.
This course offers participants from different academic and experiential backgrounds the opportunity to specialise in accounting for professional recognition purposes. Accounting is often cited as the language of business. People with accounting skills are in high demand in the business and corporate world embracing areas such as finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, banking, and information systems, and such skills are increasingly important to groups performing an overview function such as directors.
Our graduates have exceptional career outcomes. 90% of our postgraduate business and management students find full-time employment within 4 months of graduating (Source: 2017 Graduate Outcomes Survey).
To become members of CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), students without an undergraduate or masters degree must complete a professionally accredited 16 subject master level degree. This degree is accredited with the professional accounting bodies in Australia. Graduates of the MPAS will satisfy the educational requirements for associate membership of CPA Australia, the entry requirements at the ICAA and membership of the IPA.
For admission to this degree you need to have:
- the equivalent of an undergraduate or master degree in a non-accounting discipline (international applications are subject to assessment for equivalency), or;
- a four subject Graduate Certificate in Accounting, or equivalent, from an approved tertiary institution
Work and Life
Applicants may also be eligible for this degree by showing approved relevant work experience or other special circumstances (e.g. post secondary qualifications) as approved by the dean or delegated authority.
English Proficiency Requirements
For students who are not native English speakers, an IELTS score with an overall Band of 6 and no band less than 6; or a TOEFL (iBT) overall score of 72 (no individual skill must be lower than: Reading 16; Listening 16; Speaking 18; and, Writing 22) or a PTE Academic overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50, or provide evidence that you have studied for 2 years full-time with English as the sole medium of instruction and examination. These tests must not be more than 24 months old.
If you are a national of, and are currently residing in a country where English is the official language, and have completed your highest level of studies (senior secondary or tertiary) in that country, you are exempt from the above two year validity period. The University of Tasmania will recognise your previous studies as meeting the English language entry requirement.
Advanced Standing is the recognition of prior studies, from either another institution or another course at this University, that may count towards the requirements for the degree you are applying for at the University of Tasmania. For more information visit the UTAS website
This degree was designed for people without an accounting qualification looking to get into the field, or those who need to up-skill to meet professional accounting requirements.
Students who successfully complete the first eight subjects of the Master of Professional Accounting (Specialisation) are able to apply for associate membership with CPA Australia. Being a CPA is internationally-recognised as a mark of high professional competence.
In this degree you’ll have the opportunity to choose one of three specialisations:
Take your accounting skills to the next level. This specialisation is ideal for students who intend to take their CPA exams in future after building up some work experience rather than completing them as part of your degree.
Diversify your skill set with additional business management topics including entrepreneurship, sales, and people management.
Complement your accounting skills with a range of marketing topics including sales, digital marketing, and business-to-business marketing.
Recommended Study Pattern
The Master of Professional Accounting (Specialisation) consists of 12 core units, plus four units in your chosen specialisation.
- BFA503 - Introduction to Financial Management
- BFA507 - The Accounting Framework
- BFA601 - Business and Corporate Law
- BMA735 - Management Ethics
- BFA605 - Financial and Corporate Accounting
- BEA603 - Economics and Statistical Analysis
- BFA714 - Australian Tax Law
- BMA799 - Strategic Management
- BFA504 - Accounting Systems and Processes
- BFA713 - Audit and Assurance
- BFA612 - Management and Cost Accounting
- BFA715 - Accounting Perspectives and Research
- BFA742 - Advanced Financial Accounting
- BFA743 - Strategic Management Accounting
- BFA744 - Financial Risk Management
- BFA745 - Global Strategy and Leadership
- BMA547 - Organisational Behaviour
- BAA539 - Strategic Entrepreneurship
- BMA583 - Managing People and the Employment Relationship
- BMA701 - Leadership and Change Management
- BMA604 - Consumer Decision Making
- BMA605 - Business to Business Marketing
- BMA609 - Sales Management and Personal Selling
- BMA610 - Digital and Social Media Marketing
To meet the requirements for this degree, students complete a total of 16 units, comprising 12 core units plus 4 units in a chosen area of specialisation.
You can apply direct through Open Universities Australia.
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