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Master of Accounting (Professional) with the degree of Master of Commerce

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This award provides a pathway for university graduates in any discipline to acquire qualifications that are fully recognised by CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and then go on to study more advanced units in accounting.

Key features

  • Study advanced subjects in accounting such as - Advanced Financial Reporting, Advanced Corporate Accounting, Management Control Systems, Information Systems in Business
  • Our graduates consistently rank higher in grade results in the CPA program than non-Macquarie graduates and demonstrate the significant benefits of completing the professional program at Macquarie.  We also place a strong emphasis on technical skills in the Master of Accounting (Professional).

Specialisations offered by the Master of Accounting (Professional) with the degree of Master of Commerce




North Ryde (Sydney)


Session 1 (March), Session 2 (August)

Minimum course duration

2 years full-time

Suitable for

Suited to a student with a Bachelor degree in any discipline who would like to complete the accounting units required for professional accreditation as well as other advanced accounting units.

This degree is not suitable for students who have completed an accounting degree with units equivalent to those required for associate membership of CPA Australia.

Fee per Credit Point

AUD $995

Estimated Annual Fee

AUD $31,828

Fees quoted are the estimated payable fees for the relevant degree in 2014, based on a typical credit load calculation per academic session. An individual student's credit load may change in each academic session. The University reviews per credit point fees each year and fees may change year on year. For courses of more than one year in duration, students will pay the fee that is current for the year of enrolment. Students may incur other fees, charges and conditions for each session in which they enrol and are advised to check these with the University before enrolment. More information on tuition fees.

Entry requirements

Admission requirements vary depending on the specialisation chosen. Please refer to the relevant specialisation for details.

All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements.

You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:

  • senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
  • one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification

Work experience requirements


  • A specialisation must be chosen at the time of application.
  • Students seeking to specialise in Actuarial Studies, Business Management and Organisations, Economics, Human Resource Management or Marketing may be required to undertake additional units to meet the requirements of their specialisation. We recommend these students seek academic advice before enrolling in this program.
  • Students specialising in Actuarial Studies can commence in Session 1 only
  • Fee does not include CPA examination fees, which are paid directly to CPA Australia for six CPA program units. See for current examination fees.

What you will study

General requirements Credit Points
Minimum number of credit points 64
Minimum number of credit points at 600 level 16
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 48
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

Specific minimum requirements:

The following outlines the units (subjects) to be studied within this double master

600 level Credit Points
Recommended ACCG611 Principles of Accounting 4
Recommended ACCG614 Business and Corporation Law 4
Recommended ACCG615 Quantitative Methods 4
Recommended ECON649 Economic Analysis 4
800 level or above Credit Points
Required ACCG921 Managerial Accounting 4
Required ACCG922 Accounting Information Systems 4
Required ACCG923 Accounting Standards and Practice 4
Required ACCG924 Taxation Law 4
Required ACCG925 Auditing and Assurance Services 4
Required ACCG926 Corporate Accounting 4
Required ACCG927 Current Issues in Accounting and Corporate Governance 4
Required AFIN858 Financial Management and Policy 4
Required 1 specialisation 16

Students undertaking this course can choose from the following Master of Commerce specialisations:


  • Not all specialisations can be completed in the minimum time.
  • The course information contained on this page is applicable for 2014 ONLY.
    It is meant as a guide only, to plan your enrolment or study please see the official Handbook.
    For more information please read the courses disclaimer.



This Master of Accounting (Professional) program has been endorsed by the relevant accounting bodies. Accreditation of the double degree is yet to be formalised but is expected in the near future.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can find careers in accounting, taxation, financial planning, company secretarial and auditing.


  • accounting and consulting firms
  • auditors
  • business analyst firms
  • financial institutions
  • forensic accounting firms
  • government organisations
  • merchant bankers
  • stockbrokers
  • superannuation advisers

Average starting salary

Accounting graduates can expect competitive salaries that compare well to salaries within other fields. According to Graduate Careers Australia’ online June 2012, the median salary for accounting graduate is $56,500.

A recent survey by Perceptor* (2012) stated that Financial Accountants could earn between $80,000 – $110,000 and Management Accountants between $90,000 – $120,000.


Our Expertise

Dr Max Tani

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Before moving to Australia in 1999, Max worked for a decade in investment banking (Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan Chase).

His research interests focus on human capital and migration, and especially its effect on international knowledge transfers.
He is joint coordinator of the Faculty's Skilled Labour Group and a co-leader of the migration cluster at the Centre for Social Inclusion.

New and Current Masters of Accounting Programs

Professor Philomena Leung - Head of Accounting and Corporate Governance Department speaks at the Postgrad Info Evening 2013

Why choose Macquarie?

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Contact us


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Macquarie University NSW 2109, AUSTRALIA

General enquiries

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or +61 2 9850 7346


Master of Accounting (Professional) with the degree of Master of Commerce


To apply for this course as an international student, use the Macquarie University Online Application Manager. Printed application forms are also available if you would like to post your application.

For more information see applying to Macquarie University as an international student.

Specialisations offered by the Master of Accounting (Professional) with the degree of Master of Commerce

Students undertaking this course can choose from the following Master of Accounting (Professional) with the degree of Master of Commerce specialisations: