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Master of Advanced Professional Accounting

About This Masters Degree

Course Description


If you already have a bachelors degree in accounting (or are otherwise eligible to enrol in the CPA program) then the Master of Advanced Professional Accounting will allow you to become a qualified practicing accountant.

Our graduates consistently rank higher in grade results in the CPA program than non-Macquarie graduates. We have the largest number of high distinctions every year at the annual CPA awards and the highest pass rate (91 per cent) as of July 2013.

In addition to offering the professional segments of CPA Australia, this course has been endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) – meaning that our students will be exempted from 14 CIMA papers, effectively taking them to the final part of the CIMA qualification with only one subject to do.

Our Master of Professional Accounting develops advanced professional skills in:
- strategic management accounting
- financial reporting and disclosure, global strategy and leadership
- ethics and governance

You can also conduct a research project and choose from a range of subjects such as forensic accounting, taxation, information systems in business and more.

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-advanced-professional-accounting

Key benefits

- supports and broadens professional studies: no other educational institution in Australia offers a similar degree
- meets the demands of the professional accounting, corporate governance and finance job markets
- emphasises communication, technical and research skills
- expands your skill set by offering six electives outside core CPA professional accounting units – for example, you can study research and advanced topics in international accounting and corporate governance
- students gain three qualifications upon completion: a postgraduate degree in accounting, membership of CPA Australia (subject to meeting the work experience requirements) and the opportunity to gain CIMA accreditation
- offers research skills and a research project as well as a capstone unit

Suitable for

Are you a graduate who’s eligible to enrol in the CPA program, or already have a bachelors degree in accounting? If so, the Master of Advanced Professional Accounting will give you a professional qualification that’s underpinned by rigorous academic support.

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. http://mq.edu.au/study/international/how_to_apply/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


- Accreditation
The program allows students to gain two qualifications with several career pathways upon completion – a postgraduate degree in accounting and membership of CPA Australia (subject to meeting the work experience requirements). CPA Australia is a significant international professional qualification that unlocks new doors and opportunities to students.

- Career Opportunities
Our graduates are professionally qualified accountants in industry and government, in roles within accounting, corporate governance and finance.

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

Average starting salary
Accounting graduates can expect competitive salaries that compare well to salaries within other fields. According to Payscale.com, the median salary for an accounting graduate is $57,000.

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-advanced-professional-accounting

Visit the Master of Advanced Professional Accounting page on the Macquarie University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Minimum admission requirements: • Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in accounting; • Minimum GPA 2.7 (out of 4.0); • Eligibility for admission to CPA program

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