Master of Professional Accounting

By choosing to study an MPA at JCU Brisbane, you will undertake advanced learning in both theory and professional practice whilst learning to solve accounting and business problems in innovative ways. Students will be equipped with the skills to advise companies on current and future financial issues, enabling strategic goals to be achieved.

Students completing the MPA degree are in an excellent position to succeed in managerial positions in a range of government and commercial organisations. MPA graduates from JCU are well-placed to enter organisations in industries such as mining, manufacturing, retail, consulting, human resources and marketing.

Students undertake subjects spanning the full spectrum of business skills including accounting, economics, business law, taxation, statistics, human relations, finance, marketing leadership and strategy, to ensure they have all the skills and knowledge necessary to fulfil the complex role of an accountant.

The Master of Professional Accounting is open to graduates from any discipline and can also be taken as a joint degree with the Master of Business Administration (MBA).

CRICOS Course Code: 081135C

Course Structure
The MPA is made up of 16 subjects. Students must undertake all 12 core subjects and four (4) foundation business subjects.

Foundation Subjects

  • LB5202 Marketing Essentials
  • LB5205 People in Organisations
  • LB5231 Corporate Responsibility and Governance
  • LB5236 International Political Economy

Core Subjects

  • CO5103 Management Accounting
  • CO5109 Corporate Finance
  • CO5117 Accounting and Assurance Services
  • 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
  • LB5229 Economics for a Sustainable World
  • LB5235 Applied Research Project

Eligible students holding acknowledged cognate business qualifications may seek exemption from the four (4) Foundation Business subjects when submitting an application for admission into the MPA program.

Standard Trimester: 6 (2 Years)

Subject Total: 16

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Academic Entry Requirements
Completion of a recognised and appropriate bachelor degree in any discipline other than an accredited CPA/ICAA Accounting program. (Students holding
non CPA/ICAA accredited overseas accounting degrees may be admitted into this program).

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.

Potential Career Options

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