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Professional Accounting

Postgraduate major

Enhance your skills in accounting, financial management and business law, and meet the educational requirements of professional accounting bodies.

This offering version is phasing out and no longer taking applications. You may be able to apply for a later version.

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  • Qualification
    Professional Accounting Major (MCom)
  • Credit
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This course belongs to multiple degrees. Select the single degree or double degree below to see the application deadlines.

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Why study Professional Accounting at Curtin?

Accelerated learning

Learn through real-life cases on topics such as corporate law, taxation law, financial accounting and management accounting.

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This postgraduate major is designed for graduates who have decided to move to accounting from another discipline and are seeking to progress their professional accounting career in Australia and internationally. 

You’ll enhance your knowledge and skills in accounting, financial management and business law. The course comprises 16 units which must be completed in two stages. On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate (4 units) and Graduate Diploma (additional 4 units), you can specialise in one of the following streams, each of which is accredited by CPA Australia, ACCA (Global) and CAANZ: 

Note: This major differs from the Master of Accounting and Master of Commerce (Advanced Accounting), which are both tailored towards graduates with substantial experience in accounting. If you have substantial experience, please apply for one of these courses instead.

This major sits within the Master of Commerce degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Master of Commerce.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

How this course will make you industry ready

While enrolled in the master degree, you can receive tuition from experienced academics for the CPA Program professional level, to prepare you for your external CPA Program examinations. The main areas of study in this course include corporation and taxation law, financial accounting, and management accounting. With this advanced skill-set, you will be ready to move into an accounting career with a postgraduate qualification and will be well on your way to becoming a CPA.

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 Professional Accounting Major (MCom) lead to?


  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Corporate treasurer
  • Finance manager


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

What you'll learn

  • apply principles of accounting, economics, information systems, statistics, law and social sciences as they relate to reporting business activity.
  • critically analyse issues in collection, recording and reporting of economic activity to enable the development of accounting information systems giving cost effective decision useful information.
  • locate, extract and critically appraise decision useful information related to economic activity from sources within an organisation and from external sources.
  • relate the significance of commercial events and issues to the business and investing community using effectively structured financial communication and appropriate language.
  • use electronic resources to effectively interrogate databases, analyse data, collect information and communicate.
  • take responsibility for self-directed learning and the development of a career long attitude of continuing professional development.
  • recognise the global nature of accounting by applying international financial reporting standards and appreciate the information requirements of a global financial system.
  • demonstrate an understanding that cultural practices and differences impact commercial practices and interpersonal relations.
  • apply an ethical approach to analysing and reporting commercial activities,; advising clients; demonstrate leadership and the ability to delegate tasks to ensure timely outcomes. Work independently and in teams to achieve agreed outcomes.

Professional recognition

  • This course is accredited by CPA Australia and graduates are eligible for associate membership of CPA Australia and entry into the CPA Program.
  • This course is accredited by the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants and graduates are eligible for entry into the Strategic level program.
  • This course is accredited by the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and graduates are eligible for entry into the CA Program.

I’d really like to be a forensic accountant, and I chose to study accounting at Curtin because the CPA units are specifically structured around the CPA exams, meaning I have time to prepare for the exams and stay on top of my other course work.

Radhika Jayaseelan

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 bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a discipline other than accounting, or a Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting, or a Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting from a recognised tertiary institution. Applicants must also meet Curtin's English language proficiency requirements.

Note: if you have a recognised CPA accredited bachelor degree, majoring in accounting, you should consider the Master of Accounting (CPA Australia Extension Studies) 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 and charges

Please view the Master of Commerce degree for indicative fees.

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