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Professional Accounting

Postgraduate Major

MJRP-PRFAC

Major
Professional Accounting Major (MCom)
Credit
400

Outline

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

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Radhika Jayaseelan

I’d really like to be a forensic accountant, and I chose to study accounting at Curtin because the CPA units are specifically structured around the CPA exams, meaning I have time to prepare for the exams and stay on top of my other course work.

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This major is designed for graduates working or seeking to work in a field that requires specialised knowledge in accounting. This course enhances knowledge and skills in accounting and related aspects of financial management and business law, in order to equip students for a career in professional accounting and related fields in Australia and internationally.

The course comprises 16 units which must be completed in two stages. On successful completion of the first eight units, you can progress to the CPA Australia Extension stream and concurrently enrol in the professional level of the CPA Program with CPA Australia, or enrol into the Accounting Foundation Stream:

The CPA Australia Extension 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 course 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.

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

This major sits within the Master of Commerce degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Master of Commerce.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

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.
  • 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.

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.

What you'll learn

  • apply principles of accounting, economics, information systems, statistics, law and social sciences as they relate to reporting business activity.
  • critically analyse issues in collection, recording and reporting of economic activity to enable the development of accounting information systems giving cost effective decision useful information.
  • 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.
  • take responsibility for 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; demonstrate leadership and the ability to delegate tasks to ensure timely outcomes. Work independently and in teams to achieve agreed outcomes.

Admission criteria

A bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a discipline other than accounting, or a Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting, or a Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting from a recognised tertiary institution. Applicants must also meet Curtin's English language proficiency requirements.

Note: if you have a recognised CPA accredited bachelor degree, majoring in accounting, you should consider the Master of Accounting (CPA Australia Extension Studies) instead.

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)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English Academic: 60
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade C

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

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, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

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: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Master of Commerce degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRP-PRFAC
  • Last updated on: November 21, 2019