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MAJOR

Professional Accounting Major (MCom)

MJRP-PRFAC

TAUGHT BY: School of Accounting

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

N/A

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

400

About offering

This course 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.

What the course involves

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.

The course comprises 16 units which must be completed in two stages. On successful completion of the 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.

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.

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.

Why study Professional Accounting Major (MCom)

  • 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.

Admission criteria

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Course prerequisites

Grade C.

Pearson Test of English Academic: 60

Advanced standing / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact tne_pathways@curtin.edu.au.

Next steps

This major/stream is part of a larger course. Please visit the course for more information and how to apply.

Where to get further information

Applicants applying with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

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  • Curtin course code: MJRP-PRFAC
  • This offering was last updated on: August 8, 2018