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Master of Accounting

Master by coursework

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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  • Qualification
    Master of Accounting
  • Duration
    1 year full-time
  • Credit
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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Semester 1, 2023

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12 February 2023

Semester 2, 2023

10 April 2023

6 July 2023

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Why study Master of Accounting at Curtin?

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 2022.

Master of Accounting



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.

What jobs can the Master of Accounting 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. 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.

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 & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Domestic $30,300*

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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Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

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

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

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

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