- Advanced Accounting CPA Australia Extension Major (MCom)
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
The Advanced Accounting course enables those with a bachelor degree in accounting to develop a greater depth of knowledge and further develop their accounting expertise.
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This postgraduate accounting course is suitable if you have previously completed an accounting degree recognised by CPA Australia. The program enables you to build the advanced skills and knowledge to provide high-level advice to management and governing bodies, and to undertake leadership positions within the workplace. The main areas of study in this course include corporate governance, financial accounting, and management accounting.
In this course, you may concurrently enrol in the professional level of the CPA Program with CPA Australia. You can receive tuition from experienced academics for the CPA Program professional-level, to prepare you for the external CPA Program examinations.
Why choose Curtin for this course?
We are the only Western Australian university that offers students the opportunity to obtain a postgraduate qualification and tuition for the CPA Program.
Similar courses are offered by Universities in the Eastern states. The minimum duration of their courses is 2.5 years. Our course is only 2 years, which can be reduced to 1.5 years if 100 points of credit for recognised learning is granted.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
How to apply
This major sits within the Master of Commerce degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Master of Commerce. In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.
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- Upgrade your accounting skills and knowledge to enhance your career prospects.
How this course will make you industry ready
Successful completion of this course will provide you with an advanced level of knowledge in the three core areas of auditing, financial accounting and managerial accounting. With this advanced skill-set, you will be ready to move into an accounting career holding a postgraduate qualification and will be well on your way to becoming a certified practising accountant.
Note: If you wish to do the CPA Program, you must be enrolled in the CPA Program administered by CPA Australia. You must also register for and sit the CPA Australia exams. You are responsible for all CPA Program fees including CPA Program segment exam fees.
In order to enrol in the CPA Program, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are qualified and able to meet the requirements for associate membership for CPA Australia.
You may gain positions in public practice accounting and business.
What you'll learn
- apply principles of accounting, economics, information systems, statistics, law, ethics and behavioural science as they relate to reporting business activity
- critically analyse issues in collection, recording and reporting of economic activity; develop innovative solutions to user needs for accounting information systems giving cost effective decision useful information
- develop innovative processes to locate, extract and critically appraise decision useful information related to economic activity from sources within an organisation and from external sources
- relate the significance of commercial events and issues to the business and investing community using effectively structured financial communication and appropriate language
- use electronic resources to effectively interrogate databases, analyse data, collect information and communicate
- utilise the investigation skills developed in the course to undertake self-directed learning and the development of a career long attitude of continuing professional development
- recognise the global nature of accounting by applying international financial reporting standards and appreciate the information requirements of a global financial system
- demonstrate an understanding that cultural practices and differences impact commercial practices and interpersonal relations
- apply an ethical approach to analysing and reporting commercial activities, advising clients, demonstrating leadership and the ability to delegate tasks to ensure timely outcomes; work independently or in teams as appropriate to achieve agreed outcomes
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||6.5|
- Pearson Test of English Academic: 60
- Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
Essential course prerequisites
A CPA accredited bachelor degree, majoring in accounting. Applicants must also meet Curtin's English language proficiency requirements.
Note: If you have a bachelor degree in a discipline other than accounting, you should consider the Master of Commerce (Professional Accounting) instead.
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
Tel: 1300 222 888
Fees & charges
Please view the Master of Commerce degree for indicative fees.
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- Curtin course code: MJXP-AACPA
- Last updated on: January 16, 2020