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Master of Professional Accounting

Course Description

Become a qualified accountant and enjoy the benefits of a stable, financially rewarding career that is always in demand.

About the course

Our Master of Professional Accounting provides training in the key areas of accounting and finance, while the addition of subjects such as business law and economics arms you with the expertise required for a modern accounting career.
Graduates are eligible for associate membership of CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Who is this course for?

To be eligible for entry into this course you must have completed:
*An undergraduate degree equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree in any non-accounting discipline or other qualification deemed equivalent;
*Or a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of Accounting.

Course learning outcomes

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community, and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.
On successful completion of the Master of Professional Accounting, JCU graduates will be able to:
*Critically analyse complex accounting-related knowledge and practice from both historical and contemporary perspectives
*Evaluate contexts within which differing accounting performance reporting and monitoring methods should be integrated and applied
*Evaluate sustainable economic, social and environmental practices and value systems from accounting disciplinary perspectives
*Integrate advanced theoretical and technical accounting knowledge which includes a selection of auditing and assurance, finance, economics, quantitative methods, information systems, commercial law, corporation law and taxation law
*Research and apply established concepts to solve business and professional practice problems
*Critically analyse complex contemporary business issues using appropriate accounting models and techniques and make reasoned recommendations based on a synthesis of theory and evidence
Present complex business analyses and information appropriately to both accountants and non-accountants using:
*Effective oral presentation skills
*Clear and fluent written communication
Work effectively in achieving common goals, demonstrating both:
*Adapt accounting constructs and skills to diverse theoretical or practical situations
*Exercise judgement under minimal supervision to solve emerging and/or advanced accounting problems in complex contexts using social, ethical, economic, regulatory and global perspectives
*Seek and reflect on performance feedback to identify and action learning opportunities and self-improvements and initiate this process for others.

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Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 1 - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 6.0 (no component lower than 5.5), OR
*TOEFL – 550 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 4.0), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 79 (minimum writing score of 19), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 57

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

James Cook University’s professional programs are internationally recognised and teaching staff are often research leaders in their fields.
Our accounting programs are offered after hours in Cairns and Townsville with intensive weekend workshops.

Application deadlines

*1st February for commencement in semester one (February)
*1st July for commencement in semester two (mid-year/July)

Visit the Master of Professional Accounting page on the James Cook University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a non-accounting discipline, from this or another university; or Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Environments and Socities as equivalent to the above.

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