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Master of Accounting

Masters by Coursework


Master of Accounting
1 year full-time
Bentley Campus


This expert one-year qualification will help you gain specialist knowledge and become a Certified Practising Accountant, if you hold a recognised bachelor degree in accounting.

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Broad career options

Take your accounting knowledge to the next level, and be prepared for senior positions.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021.

This one-year advanced qualification aims to develop internationally focused graduates who require specialised skills and knowledge in accounting, to help sit their CPA Australia exams.

When you study this course, you will be offered tuition for subjects in the CPA Program offered by CPA Australia. You will be required to sit all CPA Program exams administered by CPA Australia and meet all CPA Australia’s program requirements. You will be responsible for all fees, including subject exam fees.

You will further enhance your abilities in areas including financial accounting, managerial accounting, governance and auditing. This course will help you provide high-level advice to management and governing bodies, and undertake senior positions in the workplace.

Towards the end of your course, you will undertake an industry-connected capstone experience, including an internship, research project or study tour. You will also be able to attend employee presentations to expand your networks, with past companies including Coca-Cola Amatil, Grant Thornton and Nexia.

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

Why study

  • Curtin is currently the only university in Western Australia that offers a master degree integrated with the CPA Program. This will allow you to both obtain a master-level qualification and receive academic support, while you prepare for the CPA Program’s examinations.
  • The Curtin Accounting Association can help to grow your network and connect you with industry. The association is run by Curtin accounting students and is sponsored by CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants, EY, KPMG and the Curtin Student Guild.
  • The additional knowledge and expertise you gain in this course could help you move upward towards a management role. You’ll expand your understanding of accounting through theoretical study and real-life cases.

Professional recognition

This course is recognised by CPA Australia. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be registered as a Certified Practising Accountant.

This course also meets the core competency requirements of professional accounting bodies including Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and ACCA.

Career information


  • 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.

Admission criteria

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

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

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:

Webform: Submit here

Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2022

Student type Cost
Domestic $29,500*

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).


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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  • Curtin course code: MC-ACCNTG
  • CRICOS code: 107620E
  • Last updated on: 11/08/2022