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Master of Accounting (CPA Extension)

About This Masters Degree

Course Description

The Master of Accounting (CPA Extension) enables you to obtain a university qualification and receive extensive academic support while you prepare for the CPA external examinations: our graduates consistently rank higher in grade results in the CPA program than non-Macquarie graduates. This degree also gives you a particular focus on communicative competence as well as strong technical skills.

We are registered with CPA Australia as a CPA Program tuition provider. We invest in supporting students with communication, presentation skills and career related workshops so that our graduates receive much higher results with their CPA exams.

We engage our students with the Departmental Advisory Board to learn more about industry and the profession. We have a well-known research centre – International Governance and Performance Research Centre (IGAP) that works very closely with external stakeholders.

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-accounting-(cpa-extension)

[[Key benefits]]
- Allows graduates who hold a bachelor degree in any discipline to earn a widely recognised and respected postgraduate academic qualification in accounting
- Provides extensive academic support whilst completing the CPA Program
- Ensures you are taught by qualified teaching staff, many of whom have first-hand experience with the CPA and CA Programs: a number of the teaching staff also act as consultants to Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and CPA Australia
- Offers a flexible class time for students who work full-time
- Offers research skills and a research project as well as a capstone unit

[[Suitable for]]
Non-accounting graduates who wish to become qualified professional accountants.

The degree is also suitable for accounting graduates with a degree from an overseas university who are seeking postgraduate qualifications in accounting that meet the requirements for membership of CPA Australia (once the practical experience component of the CPA program has also been completed). An assessment of a student's accounting degree (arranged by the applicant) is required in this instance from CPA Australia. This is to establish eligibility for any exemptions from particular units in the Master of Accounting (CPA Extension) program.

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.

Relevant areas: Professional role with financial responsibilities in fields such as Accounting, Finance, Business or Commerce with technical/specialists skills in key concepts and principles related to professional accounting.

[[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 Master of Accounting (CPA Extension) provides a path for university graduates in any discipline to acquire accounting qualifications that are fully recognised by CPA Australia and the Australia and New Zealand Chartered Accountants (CAANZ). All units are accredited by CPA Australia and the Australia and New Zealand Chartered Accountants as meeting the educational entry requirements for their professional programs.

- Career Opportunities
Graduates of the Master of Accounting (CPA Extension) can find careers in Chartered or CPA accounting, financial analysis, auditing, taxation, risk management, system design and analysis, financial control, merchant banking, and government accounting.

We are well connected with the profession that can provide career opportunities – many organisations seek suitable interns and placements from us.

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

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

Entry Requirements

Minimum admission requirements: Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent AND GPA of 2.70 (out of 4.00)

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