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CPA Australia Extension

Postgraduate Stream

STRP-CPAEX

Stream
CPA Australia Extension Stream (MCom)
Credit
200

Outline

Specialise in financial management and business law, and meet the educational requirements of professional accounting bodies.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019).

Global education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

This stream allows you to obtain a master-level qualification from Curtin and receive academic support while you prepare for the CPA Program’s external examinations.

The stream is suitable if you have graduated with an Australian bachelor degree or equivalent from a field other than accounting, and wish to pursue a career in professional accounting, or progress to senior or management roles.

What the course involves

This stream is designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of accounting, including the professional knowledge and standards required for industry membership and advancement.

The stream is part of the Professional Accounting major, which comprises 16 units which must be completed in two stages. On successful completion of the first eight units of that major, you can progress to the CPA Australia Extension stream and concurrently enrol in the professional level of the CPA Program with CPA Australia.

Why choose Curtin for this course?

We are the only Western Australian university to have CPA tuition provider status and the only WA university that offers you the opportunity to obtain a postgraduate qualification with tuition for the CPA Professional Program.

Similar courses are offered by universities in the eastern states, however 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 are granted.

Please note: upon completion of the CPA Australia-aligned units in the CPA Australia Extension Stream, you do not receive the CPA designation until you have met all the requirements of the CPA Program as set by CPA Australia. You must be enrolled in the CPA Program administered by CPA Australia and 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.

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.

Applying as a postgraduate student is easy. For information tailored to your situation, visit our easy to follow instructions to get your application started.

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Why study

  • Step into the field of accounting for the first time or upgrade your working knowledge to obtain a qualification and expand your career prospects.
  • These courses will help expand your understanding and skills through theoretical study and real-life cases.
  • Qualified accountants who possess professional knowledge and expertise experience upward mobility towards management roles in many organisations. 
     

How this course will make you industry ready

While enrolled in the master degree, you can receive tuition from experienced academics for the CPA Program professional level, to prepare you for your external CPA Program examinations. The main areas of study in this course include corporation and taxation law, financial accounting, and management accounting. With this advanced skill-set, you will be ready to move into an accounting career with a postgraduate qualification and will be well on your way to becoming a CPA.

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.

Professional recognition

On successful completion of the first eight units, you will be eligible for associate membership to CPA Australia.

Career information

You can gain positions in public practice accounting and business.

Advanced standing

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:

Email: ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au
Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

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  • Curtin course code: STRP-CPAEX
  • Last updated on: October 3, 2019