Master of Professional Accounting – Master of Business Administration (MPA-MBA)

The Master of Professional Accounting – Master of Business Administration (MPA-MBA) program is designed for students who intend to work as professional
accountants and in senior management positions.

A joint master’s degree allows graduates to stand out to future employers. The course delivers comprehensive training in accounting and finance whilst exposing students to key management areas including; human relations, marketing, business law, taxation, economics and business information systems.

CRICOS Course Code: 055156C

Course Structure
The MPA-MBA is made up of 16 subjects as per the course structure below. It is comprised of 11 accounting core subjects, four (4) specified business subjects and one (1) optional business subject.

Core Subjects

  • CO5103 Management Accounting
  • CO5109 Corporate Finance
  • CO5117 Introduction to Accounting
  • CO5118 Auditing and Assurance
  • CO5119 Business Law
  • CO5120 Taxation Law
  • CO5121 Law of Business Organisations
  • CO5122 Accounting for Corporations
  • CO5123 Advanced Issues in Accounting
  • CO5140 Information Analysis and Systems
  • LB5228 The Changing Business Environment
  • LB5229 Economics for a Sustainable World
  • LB5230 Managing Strategic Resources and Operations
  • LB5234 Leading and Managing Organisational Change
  • LB5235 Applied Research Project

Optional Subject
Select one (1) LB level 5 subject (subject to prerequisite constraints).

Standard Trimester: 6 (2 Years)

Subject Total: 16

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Academic Entry Requirements
Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a business* discipline other than accounting from this or another University; or other qualifications and/or experience recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Environments and Societies as equivalent to the above

*Business disciplines: Marketing, Management, Commerce, HRM, Economics, Tourism and Hospitality, or other disciplines where students will have completed study relating to organisational behaviour, business, strategy, marketing, economics, communication and people management.

AQF Framework
National policy changes as part of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) mean that all master level programs will need to be of two years duration where a student does not have an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline. Students with an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline will be eligible to complete a 1.5 year master degree.

For JCU, duration of two years is equivalent to 16 subjects. At present most of the business masters by coursework programs are 12 subjects (1.5 years of full time study)

Following a 3 year Level 7 qualification in a non-cognate discipline, master degree must be 2 years in duration. If the Level 7 qualification is in the same discipline area they may be 1.5 years.

MPA is a globally recognised profession with a broad range of roles, often leading to careers in senior management. The number of employed professional accountants in Australia has increased from 134,000 in 2004 to over 193,000 in 2014. The projected employment level in 2019 for this profession is around 218,700. The different industries in Australia hiring accountants are very favourable for employment growth prospects. Furthermore there has been a shortage of accountants in the Australian labour market. To solve this issue, the Australian Federal Government included accountants in the Migrant Occupations in Demand List (MODL) in September 2004.

Potential Career Options

  • Assistant Accountant
  • Auditor/Risk Accountant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Bookkeeper
  • Financial Accountant
  • Taxation Accountant