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.
- 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).
|North Ryde (Sydney)|
|Session 1 (March), Session 2 (August)|
Minimum course duration
|2 years full-time|
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.
This is a 2014 proposed fee only and is subject to change.
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 cpaaustralia.com.au 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|
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|
|800 level or above||Credit Points|
|Required||ACCG922||Accounting Information Systems||4|
|Required||ACCG923||Accounting Standards and Practice||4|
|Required||ACCG925||Auditing and Assurance Services||4|
|Required||ACCG927||Current Issues in Accounting and Corporate Governance||4|
|Required||AFIN858||Financial Management and Policy||4|
Students undertaking this course can choose from the following Master of Commerce specialisations:
- Actuarial Studies
- Business Management and Organisations
- Corporate Governance
- Financial Crime and Governance
- Human Resource Management
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.
Graduates can find careers in accounting, taxation, financial planning, company secretarial and auditing.
- accounting and consulting firms
- business analyst firms
- financial institutions
- forensic accounting firms
- government organisations
- merchant bankers
- 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.
Dr Max Tani
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