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Master by coursework

Further your accounting expertise and build on your bachelor degree in accounting

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  • Qualification
    Master of Accounting
  • Duration
    1 year, 6 months full-time
  • Credit
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Why study Accounting at Curtin?

Top 1 %

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

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Global education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.



This postgraduate course is designed for graduates who have experience in the accounting profession and a recognised accounting undergraduate degree. It comprises one-and-a-half years of full-time study.

You will study foundation units that will enable you to build advanced skills and knowledge in core accounting areas including auditing, corporate governance, data analytics and visualisation. This will put you in a position to provide high-level advice to management.

Once you complete your foundation units, you can specialise in one of the following majors:

  • The CPA Australia Extension major, which meets the educational requirements of CPA Australia.
  • The ACCA Global major, which prepares you to sit the Strategic Professional Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) examinations. This major is available from Semester 2, 2022.
  • The Digital Technologies and Data Management major, which will enhance your understanding of big data, systems and technology.

Note: This course differs from the Master of Commerce (Professional Accounting), which is tailored towards graduates with minimal or no prior experience in accounting. This course is also different to the Master of Commerce (Advanced Accounting), as it has the ACCA (Global) and the Digital Technologies and Data Management majors in addition to the CPA Australia Extension major.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

How this course will make you industry ready

We are the only Western Australian university that offers students the opportunity to obtain a postgraduate qualification and tuition for the CPA Program. The duration of this course is 1.5 years when studied full-time.

Note: If you wish to do the CPA Program, you must be enrolled in the CPA Program administered by CPA Australia. You must also register for and sit the CPA Australia exams. You are responsible for all CPA Program fees including CPA Program segment exam fees.

In order to enrol in the CPA Program, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are qualified and able to meet the requirements for associate membership for CPA Australia.

What jobs can the Master of Accounting lead to?


  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Corporate treasurer
  • Finance manager


  • 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

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 CPA accredited bachelor degree, majoring in accounting. Applicants must also meet Curtin's English language proficiency requirements.

Note: If you have a bachelor degree in a discipline other than accounting, you should consider the Master of Commerce (Professional Accounting) instead.

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

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.