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Master of Accounting

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Increase your specialist knowledge in accounting and study the subjects required to become a certified practising accountant in Australia.

Course outline
  • Qualification
    Master of Accounting
  • Duration


    1 year full-time
  • Credit




  • Location


    Curtin Perth
Course outline

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Semester 1, 2024

1 May 2023

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Semester 2, 2024

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4 July 2024

Course outline
Master of Accounting



This is a one-year advanced course for professionals who hold an undergraduate degree in accounting* and are seeking to gain more expertise in financial accounting, managerial accounting, governance and auditing. This course is also designed specifically for those who wish to meet CPA Australia's requirements to become a certified practising account.

This course therefore provides you with a master-level qualification that is relevant to senior positions and roles that provide high-level advice to management and governing bodies, as well as the expert academic support in preparing for the CPA Program’s examinations.

You will study the CPA Program subjects and, to gain your master qualification, you must meet CPA Australia’s program requirements. (Please note that you will be responsible for CPA Australia program fees, including examination fees.)

Towards the end of the course you'll undertake an industry-connected capstone experience, such as an internship, research project or study tour. You'll also have opportunities to attend employee presentations that enable you to expand your career networks; previous participating companies include Coca-Cola Amatil, Grant Thornton and Nexia.

* If you do not hold a bachelor degree in accounting, apply instead for the two-year Master of Professional Accounting.

What jobs can the Master of Accounting course lead to?


  • Certified Practising Accountant
  • Accountant manager
  • Senior accountant
  • Chief Financial Officer


  • Accounting
  • Finance and investment
  • Government
  • Law
  • Resources and renewables

What you'll learn

  • apply principles of financial accounting, managerial accounting, governance and auditing to grasp theoretical underpinnings of the discipline. Extend knowledge base with research and application of business research methods.
  • apply critical and analytical thinking to develop innovative solutions to complex problems in relevant business fields.
  • locate, extract and critically appraise information from a range of sources and effectively communicate it using structured financial or other appropriate language to a professional audience for a range of purposes.
  • develop ongoing professional, self-directed and reflective education relating to developments and changes in the information requirements of a global financial system that is multi-perspective in nature, and apply international financial reporting standards.
  • recognise that cultural practices and differences impact upon commercial endeavours and interpersonal relations. Work effectively in multicultural team environments.
  • exhibit professional and ethical approach to analysing and reporting commercial activities demonstrating leadership, collaborative and independent qualities when required, in compliance with appropriate legislation and protocols.

Professional recognition

This course is recognised by CPA Australia. Completion of this course and CPA Australia's examinations enables registration as a Certified Practising Accountant in Australia. This course also meets the core competency requirements of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and ACCA.

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

A qualification, majoring in accounting that is recognised at AQF Level 7. In addition, you must meet Curtin's English language proficiency.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

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

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)









Overall band score


Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees and charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

2024 Fee year:




Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

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For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

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The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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  • Curtin course code: MC-ACCNTG
  • CRICOS code: 107620E
  • Last updated on: 30 May 2024

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