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Master of Professional Accounting

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If you’re holding any bachelor degree and looking to break into the accounting field, this qualification will provide you with foundational accounting skills in your first year, before progressing to expert studies in your second year.

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

Applications now open!

12 February 2023

Semester 2, 2023

10 April 2023

6 July 2023

Semester 1, 2024

14 August 2023

8 February 2024

Semester 2, 2024

8 April 2024

4 July 2024

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Why study Master of Professional Accounting at Curtin?

Specialist pathways

Choose between one of three majors to further your skills as a Certified Professional Accountant, in information technology accounting or in managerial accounting.

Broad career options

Step into the world of accounting and build a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to begin your professional career.

Top 1 %

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

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022.



This two-year qualification will help you to step into the field of accounting and broaden your career prospects.

In your first year, you will begin to develop the financial, analytical, research and communication skills required of professional accountants, studying the same content as in our integrated Graduate Certificate in Accounting and Graduate Diploma in Accounting. You will build your understanding through theoretical study and real-life cases. You will then select between one of three majors in your second year.

You will develop hands-on experience using a range of software used in professional accounting firms, including Xero, Excel, R, Tableau, SPSS, Oracle, APEX, Pythion, ArcGIS and VSOviewer to enhance your employability. You will also undertake an accounting research project, where you will analyse the performance of a real company and prepare a financial analysis.

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.

Choose your major

In your second year, you’ll get to choose a major: a series of more than eight units in the same discipline.

CPA Australia

The CPA Australia major will provide you with specific tuition, to help you meet the requirements to become a Certified Practising Accountant with CPA Australia. You will be responsible for all fees set by CPA Australia, including subject exam fees.

Digital Technologies and Data Management

The Digital Technologies and Data Management major will improve your skills in information security, data management, programming, database design, database analytics and security, and business project management, to help you gain specific roles in information technology accounting.

Advanced Accounting

The Advanced Accounting major will provide you with advanced knowledge and skills in management accounting, financial accounting and auditing issues. You can choose from a list of optional units, including on finance and investment.

Note: If you do not hold a recognised bachelor degree, you should instead study the Graduate Diploma in Accounting. If you hold a bachelor degree in accounting, you should instead apply for the one-year Master of Accounting.

What jobs can the Master of Professional Accounting lead to?


  • Certified Practising Accountant
  • Senior accountant
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Information technology accountant
  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Business analyst
  • Company secretary
  • Insolvency consultant
  • Internal auditor
  • Tax agent
  • Treasurer


  • 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.

An undergraduate degree in any discipline OR Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting. 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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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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