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Master of Financial Analysis/Master of Professional Accounting

Course Description

This program is an ideal route to internationally recognised professional accreditations in accounting and finance. The curriculum is jointly based on the finance industry endorsed CFA Institute Candidate Body of Knowledge (TM) and the professional accrediting bodies for accountants.
This course facilitates entry into a wide range of challenging and rewarding careers in the financial and accounting sectors. It builds on a broad foundation of study in economics, accounting, management and quantitative methods.

The course is accredited by CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA), the National Institute of Accountants (NIA), and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

English Language Requirements

IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.

Additional information

If you can demonstrate prior learning in business, either in the form of an undergraduate degree in a business-related field or with at least five years relevant business experience, you'll be eligible to apply for Advanced Standing for the four subjects of the first semester of the course. In making you an offer of Advanced Standing, the University may give consideration to a range of factors including your English language proficiency, academic record, employment experience, and/or satisfactory completion of a challenge exam for any one or all of the four, first semester subjects.

Professional recognition

The degree satisfies the academic requirements for associate membership of CPA Australia (the professional body for Certified Practising Accountants in Australia) and admission to the Chartered Accountants Program of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

The course is also recognised by the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), based in London.

The Master of Financial Analysis is a CFA Program Partner. The CFA charter is the most widely recognised professional accreditation in finance in the world. Established in 1962, the CFA charter sets the global standard for investment knowledge, standards and ethics. The CFA charter is obtained by successfully completing examinations at three levels set by the CFA Institute and having four years of work experience in the investment industry.

The Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) offers membership at the level of Associate and Senior Associate to those with an accredited degree and three years' to five years' industry experience. In addition, the Finance and Treasury Association (FTA) offers membership as a Certified Finance and Treasury Professional for those with an accredited postgraduate course in a finance-related discipline.

How to apply

Apply now (http://www.latrobe.edu.au/study/how-to-apply/international/undergraduate-and-postgraduate) or ask us a question (http://www.latrobe.edu.au/study/contact/international/ask-a-question) if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Visit the Master of Financial Analysis/Master of Professional Accounting page on the La Trobe University website for more details!

Student Profiles


New from 2013, La Trobe Business School is pleased to announce three lucrative new scholarships, for local and international students, as well as discount programs for La Trobe University Alumni.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Applicants must satisfy all entry requirements and should have an indicative GPA of 70% or above from their UG degree.

Application Procedure

1. Send your completed Scholarship Application Form (PDF 80KB) to Christine Watson, Senior Admissions Co-ordinator at [email protected]
2. Wait for your scholarship award letter to be sent to you (via email)
3. Send both your scholarship acceptance and offer acceptance to your Admissions Case Officer (contact details will be provided) by the acceptance deadline indicated in your scholarship award letter

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An Australian Bachelor's degree in any discipline or an approved equivalent qualification. Admission may be granted to applicants without an undergraduate degree but with five or more years of relevant work experience. In making an offer to an applicant, the University may give consideration to a range of factors including English proficiency, academic record and employment experience.

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