Master of

Professional Accounting
COURSE SUMMARY
Qualification / Award Master of Professional Accounting
Course Duration 2 years full-time/ 4 years part-time
Credit Points 96 credit points (16 units of 6 credit points each)
Delivery On Campus
Available to Domestic (FEE-HELP available)/International
IELTS 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
CRICOS Code 106163M
Financial Information Course Fees Page
AQF Level 9
Key Dates Application Deadlines and other Key Course Dates

This course has been accredited by CPA and Chartered Accountants Australia

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Excelsia College’s Master of Professional Accounting is a two-year postgraduate qualification comprising discipline and professional studies. The course is 96 credit points in total. Students undertake four core units per semester over two years.


Reasons to study this program:

  • This course has been accredited by CPA and Chartered Accountants Australia
  • globally recognised qualification
  • focus on ethical and responsible accounting
  • authentic curriculum – where lessons can be immediately applied

Our Master of Professional Accounting graduates look forward to employment in roles such as chief financial officers, chief information officers, financial controllers, company secretaries, financial analysts and planners, tax and estate advisers, financial and management accountants, auditors, system designers, investment advisors and managers. They could also have their own financial practice.

They could also work in areas such as finance, banking, insurance, consulting, manufacturing, medicine and health, construction and engineering, media, advertising, marketing, public relations, telecommunication and technology, property and real estate, and law and legal services.


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English Language Proficiency

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must provide certified documentary evidence that their secondary schooling, or tertiary studies of at least one year, were conducted in the English language; or evidence of satisfactory results in an accepted English Language Proficiency examination, as set out in the table below:

Examination Minimum Score
IELTS 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
TOEFL iBT (Internet-based) 79 with no score less than 20
PTE Academic 59 with no score less than 51

Educational Prerequisites

  • A bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) in any field of study from an Australian higher education institution; OR
  • A qualification recognised as equivalent by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR); OR
  • Other qualifications and experience as may, on application by the student, be deemed equivalent to (a) by the Academic Board of the College.

Applicants with Higher Education

Applicants who have completed a higher education qualification (associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate or graduate diploma) in any discipline may be eligible for admission.


Applicants with VET or TAFE studies

Applicants who have completed senior secondary studies or equivalent qualification with a VET or TAFE provider within the last two years are eligible for admission.


Applicants with Work and Life Experience

Applicants who do not have a NSW Higher School Certificate (or equivalent) or completed their secondary education more than two years ago and have not undertaking or completed vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then can apply for admission using work and life experience.

“Experience” could include a combination of factors which demonstrate readiness for higher education. This includes mature age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience.

For more information, please visit the Applicants with Work and Life Experience information page


International Students

In addition to meeting the prerequisites above, international applicants who have not completed an educational qualification in English have to provide proof of proficiency in English through internationally recognised tests such as IELTS or TOEFL, or through satisfactory completion of an approved course at one of the College’s partner language colleges.

Visit the International Student page


CREDIT AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL)

If the applicant is successful they will be issued an offer letter and a written agreement. Students will need to respond to the offer within 6 weeks. This is done online and a confirmation will be emailed back to the applicant. At this point, applicants are welcome to apply for Credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). If you are eligible for credit or RPL, you may be exempt from completing some units and you may be able to finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

Please refer to the Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy reference.


Download the Student Selection and Admissions Policy and Procedure.

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Potential roles include:

  • Corporate Controller
  • Financial Controller
  • Senior Accountant
  • Accounting Manager
  • Senior Financial Analyst
  • Senior Auditor
  • Tax Accountant
  • Finance Manager

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Accounting for Managers help aspiring postgraduate students to be good managers and make sound business decisions from a Financial and Accounting perspectives.

Economic theories with a focus on business. A study on both Macroeconomics and Microeconomics will deepen students’ knowledge of business based on economic reasoning.

To develop students with the appropriate ethical attitudes in business, casestudies will be analysed from both positive and negative perspectives.

Explores the dynamic of technological advancement in the digital world and how that affects the business in data and information management.Special focus on internal control using the five components of the COSO frameworks.

Using mathematical formulae and analytical tools to examine business data. Students will be taught to use a range of financial and statistical tools to examine financial reports for making sound business decisions.

Students will advance their skills in Management Accounting by learning complex issues such as:

  • Transfer Pricing
  • Dashboard Reporting
  • Balanced Scorecard
  • Performance Management on Strategy alignment

Introduction of various Australian laws and regulations that govern the business world, ie. Corporation Act. Extending the knowledge from basic understanding of the Australian Business Laws to a more detailed study on various regulations on a company such as Contract Law, Tort and Directors’ duties.

The students will advance their skills in Financial Accounting by learning complex issues such as:

  • Lease Accounting
  • Intangibles Assets
  • Earnings Per Share
  • Positive Accounting Theories

Deep understanding of the rules and regulations that govern the professional conduct of an accountant or business executive. Reviewing the current implications of major Accounting Standards.

In this subject, Excelsia will introduce to students the importance of
being ethical. Topics covered include:

  • Corporate and Social Responsibility
  • Sustainable Accounting
  • Fraud
  • Internal Control

An important skill for students to learn to become a good professional accountant. In this subject, the students will learn the basic calculations of Australian Taxation including the underlying theories and governing laws.

Students will learn all financial reporting on complex business structures per the statutory requirements. Analytical reviews are also discussed to determine the true position of the business and its directions.

Advanced accounting skills developed based on large and complex companies with multiple structures and global presence. A specialised area of accounting for the corporate world, preparing students on a promising career with multinationals.

Looks at the dynamics of the Capital Market and how corporates finance their various projects and ventures eg. debt financing and equity financing.

The decision-making process on large capital investments will also be explored. Tools to be used are NPA, IRR and Discount Cashflow.

Audit is an integral part of accounting as financial statements of large and listed companies must be reviewed by an Auditor. Students will be required to learn all the key concepts on Auditing, Assurance and the associated Risk Management.

Students will keep up-to-date on all accounting related issues that are affecting specific industries or the business world at large.

Current development on accounting standards (eg. Lease) will also be discussed and explored.

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