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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 and business.

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)
  • Offers breadth or depth of knowledge from business study units – develop your knowledge across a broad area of business and commerce
  • Offers research skills and a research project and students will complete a capstone unit

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

CRICOS Code -  083774M


North Ryde (Sydney)


Session 1 (February), Session 2 (July)

Minimum course duration

2.5 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.

Estimated annual fee -  AUD $33,600 p.a.
Fee per credit point -  AUD $1,050

Fees quoted are the estimated payable fees for the relevant degree in 2015, 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.

English Language Requirements

IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent

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.
  • Offers research skills and a research project as well as a capstone unit

What you will study

General requirements Credit Points
Minimum number of credit points 80
Minimum number of credit points at 600 level 16
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 64
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
Required ACCG611 Principles of Accounting 4
Required ACCG614 Business and Corporation Law 4
Required ACCG615 Quantitative Methods 4
Required ECON649 Economic Analysis 4
800 level or above Credit Points
Required FOBE800 Contemporary Business Issues 4
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 ACCG950 Contemporary Accounting Practice 4
Required AFIN858 Financial Management and Policy 4
Required 4cp from ACCG807 Research Seminar
ACCG822 Information Systems in Business
ACCG825 Management Accounting: Strategy and Control
ACCG828 Management Control Systems
ACCG835 International Accounting
ACCG847 Forensic Accounting
ACCG848 Business and Professional Ethics
ACCG871 Advanced Corporate Accounting
ACCG872 Advanced Financial Reporting
ACCG877 Emerging Issues in Financial Crime
ACCG878 Fraud Detection, Investigative Techniques
ACCG930 Enterprise Risk Management - Corporate Governance Perspectives
ACCG951 Legal Governance for Business Enterprises
ACCG952 International Trade and Governance
ACCG953 Competition and Consumer Law
ACCG970 Chinese Trade and Investment Law
AFIN808 Corporate Finance
AFIN818 Investments
AFIN832 Business and Financial Analysis
AFIN837 Capital Markets
AFIN838 Business Valuation
AFIN839 Portfolio Management
AFIN890 Corporate Financial Modelling and Forecasting 4
Required 1 specialisation 20

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 2015 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.



Accredited with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and CPA Australia. The Master of Accounting (Professional) is recognised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants and CPA Australia. The units in this degree have been designed to meet the educational requirements of CPA Australia, ICAA and other international accounting bodies. The degree provides thorough preparation for the CPA or CA programs and is taught by highly qualified teaching staff many of whom have had first-hand experience with the CPA and CA programs. 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

Professor Chris Patel


Professor Patel has extensive university teaching experience and also acted as an adviser to Asian Development Bank, World Bank and World Health Organization. He has been a visiting scholar at graduate schools in the USA and Canada and has published extensively in professional and scholarly refereed journals including publications in journals ranked A* and A by ABDC or ERA. 

In 2011 he was appointed by the Norwegian Government to the Research Council of Norway responsible for assessing the quality of research grant applications. 

Professor Patel research program adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to provide theoretical, methodological and empirical evidence on various aspects of judgments of professional accountants across countries such as Australia, China, India, Malaysia and Japan.

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?

Why Choose Macquarie

Our reputation

Macquarie University has an international reputation for being Australia's best modern university.

Our campus

You can enjoy Sydney's natural beauty as well as cutting-edge technology and facilities.

Studying in Sydney

Ranked in the top 4 best student cities in the world, Sydney is an outstanding study destination.

Real-world learning

Our internationally-respected degrees are designed with graduate outcomes in mind, giving you an edge in the global job market.

Contact us


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Macquarie University NSW 2109, AUSTRALIA

General enquiries

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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: