Master of Professional Accounting

About the Master of Professional Accounting at UNSW

The UNSW Master of Professional Accounting is a credential awarded by UNSW Business School, which ranks within the top 20 worldwide for Finance and Accounting. Within one and a half years you will gain essential accounting knowledge and skills to meet global industry standards for professional accreditation.

This degree is suitable if you have completed an undergraduate degree, regardless of whether or not you studied accounting. You’ll develop an understanding of contemporary issues in management accounting and business analysis, develop advanced skills in financial reporting, and gain knowledge of taxation law.

You’ll be exposed to a depth and breadth of accounting practices and build the expertise required to excel in your career. Graduate ready for work with comprehensive skills, international professional accreditation and industry connections.

Your Specialisation

The courses in the Master of Professional Accounting span financial, strategic, and management fields. You’ll cover financial accounting, corporate accounting and regulation, accounting information systems, and more.

The degree offers a deep understanding of the structures that set rules and hold organisations responsible – study essential legal foundations, and laws related to corporations, business and taxation. See the degree structure for more detailed information.

For further specialisation, consider the Master of Professional Accounting (Extension), which offers more electives.

UNSW Business School is a top 50 business school in the Asia-Pacific. We are rated “Well above world standard” for Banking and Finance by the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) government assessment. Read more about our rankings and reputation.

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You’ll develop skills for better decision making within a business environment, through auditing, assurance, advanced financial reporting, statistics and data analysis.

The Master of Professional Accounting meets the educational accounting requirements of peak professional bodies, enabling students to meet global standards for professional accreditation. These leading international industry organisations include:

  • CPA Australia
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA – recognised worldwide)
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA – recognised worldwide)
  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)
  • Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)

Our students build professional networks among more than 90,000 Business School alumni worldwide and begin their new career before graduation. This postgraduate degree incorporates a suite of professional development opportunities offered by Career Accelerator that are exclusive to UNSW’s Business School students. Career Accelerator helps you build industry connections through networking and mentoring, and you can undertake internships and global business practicums for credit towards your degree.

Relevant Roles

This program will open many career opportunities including:

  • Business Risk Manager
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • External Auditor and Assurance Specialist
  • Financial Accountant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Insolvency and Reconstruction Specialist
  • Internal Auditor
  • Management Accountant
  • Management Consultant
  • Taxation Specialist
  • Treasurer

What Our Graduates Say

“The course has defined my professional career in full. It gave me the tools I needed to be industry-ready. It was important to me that the course helped fulfil the prerequisites for a professional qualification and gave me professional accreditation.”

Subhro Bhattacharya
Master of Professional Accounting

Read more about Subhro’s experience of the Master of Professional Accounting