The Master of Professional Accounting is suitable for graduates with little to no previous exposure to the study of accounting. 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. The skills and knowledge you gain through this degree will help towards a career in accounting.

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Why choose this degree?

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

Who should choose this degree?

This degree suits graduates with minimal prior exposure to accounting who are seeking a career as an accountant, as well as those looking to acquire professional accreditation or build a career in financial management.

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

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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