Master of Professional Accounting (Extension)

About the Master of Professional Accounting (Extension) at UNSW

The UNSW Master of Professional Accounting (Extension) is a credential awarded by UNSW Business School, which ranks in the top 20 worldwide for Finance and Accounting. Within two years you’ll be ready for professional accreditation from CPA Australia and other international industry bodies.

This degree builds upon the Master of Professional Accounting with four additional elective courses. Apply for this degree if you’ve never studied accounting, or if you would like to specialise in a specific accounting area for your career or to move into academic research.

Not only will you gain essential accounting knowledge and advanced skills in financial reporting, you’ll understand contemporary issues in management accounting and business analysis and gain a deep knowledge of taxation law surrounding your chosen industry.

Your Specialisation

The courses in the Master of Professional Accounting (Extension) 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.

There are more than 20 courses to choose from to develop your specialisation, including social entrepreneurship, enterprise systems, risk management, and global workplace practice. See the degree structure for more detailed information.

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 problem-solving and decision-making within a business environment, through auditing, assurance, advanced financial reporting, statistics and data analysis.

The Master of Professional Accounting (Extension) meets global standards for professional accreditation in the educational accounting requirements of peak professional bodies. These leading international industry organisations include:

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

You’ll develop a depth and breadth of industry knowledge and build the expertise required to excel in your career or take the first steps towards starting your own accounting practice. You’ll graduate as a certified accountant with industry connections, international professional accreditation, and comprehensive skills from real-world work experiences.

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 provides internships and global business practicums for credit towards your degree and industry connections through networking and mentoring. Our network includes more than 90,000 Business School alumni worldwide who can provide potential links to your future career.

Relevant Roles

This degree 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