The Master of Professional Accounting (Extension) follows the structure of the Master of Professional Accounting but adds four extra courses in your choice of electives to further your knowledge. This provides you with the opportunity to complete a more comprehensive program beyond the core professional knowledge areas required for accreditation. You will gain an excellent foundation in business with a strong accounting focus, and learn accounting principles, their applications and other relevant knowledge in economics, finance, information systems and law.

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Why choose this degree?

Through this degree, you will acquire professional accreditation and be able to build a career in accounting or financial management.

Who should choose this degree?

Graduates with minimal prior exposure to accounting who are seeking an enhanced career as an accountant choose this degree.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career opportunities

  • Auditor
  • Business Risk Manager
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Financial Accountant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Insolvency and Reconstruction Specialist
  • Management Consultant
  • Treasurer

Accreditation / Professional Recogntion

Meets the educational requirements of accounting bodies including CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), ACCA (Accounting) and Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

Entry requirements

Recognised bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) with a credit average as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Coursework Entry Score Calculator.

Note: This degree is designed for graduates with no or limited accounting studies. If you have studied a Bachelor of Accounting or completed an Accounting major, you are not advised to apply and enrol into this degree.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Up to 24 UOC (4 courses) may be awarded based on previous studies. For further information refer to: https://www.business.unsw.edu.au/Students-Site/Documents/Recognition-of-Prior-Learning-guide-MPA-MPA-Ex.pdf

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

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