Master of Professional Accounting

About the course

The MIT Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) provides advanced study in preparation for becoming a professional accountant. The course seeks to produce accountants who are work ready and able to add value in the complex global environment. This degree is accredited by CPA Australia, CA ANZ and IPA providing an internationally recognised qualification for graduates.

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CRICOS Course Code 057028F (VIC)
072673G (NSW)
Duration 2 Years (4 Trimesters)
Intake March, July, November
Location On Campus at Melbourne and Sydney Campus
Study mode Fulltime & part time

Aim and Objectives

The Master of Professional Accounting  aims to provide graduates who will:

  • Possess a body of  knowledge in accounting that demonstrates a thorough understanding of the discipline and its application
  • Possess the technical knowledge, competency and skills required to become members of the relevant professional bodies
  • Be capable of independent and life-long learning
  • Exercise critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Be able to analyse and adapt knowledge to different contexts
  • be ethically aware and possess appropriate professional skills
  • Be culturally aware and able to adapt to diverse environments
  • Demonstrate initiative and professional responsibility
Teaching Methodology

Small classes provide an interactive learning climate where students are able to interact with Lecturers in lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials.  Further, graduates will demonstrate superior business communication skills by completion of a unit in professional Communication in Trimester 1 followed by a further Unit in Professional Communication in Trimester 3. 

Course Structure

In order to graduate from the Master of Professional Accounting students must complete 16 units (240 credit points). Each unit is worth 15 credit points and full-time students undertake 4 units per semester.

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Accounting can be admitted into the second year of the program with 120 Credit Points.

MPA students are required to complete the following study program.

Year 1

Year 2

Semester 3

MA601 Theory & Current Issues in Accounting (pre-requisite MA511)
MA620 Advanced Management Accounting (co-requisite  MA512)
Elective 1
Elective 2

Semester 4

MA611 Auditing (pre-requisite MA506 & MA511)
MA613 Taxation Law (pre-requisite MA506)
MA619 Accounting Research (pre-requisite MA601 & MA620)
Elective 3

Program structures and units are subject to change through the process of regular course revision. There is no guarantee that every unit will be offered in any particular trimester.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be able to be employed in the following fields of professional accounting:

  • Public accounting
  • Auditing, internal and exteranl
  • Management Consulting
  • Taxation
  • Teaching
  • Business Administration
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Forensic Accounting

Accreditation and Recognition

The Master of Professional Accounting is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) -

Professional accreditation and memberships

The Master of Professional Accounting course is accredited by CPA Australia (CPAA) (see, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ)(see, and IPA - Institute of Public Accountants (see Upon successful completion of the course graduates will be eligible to apply for associate membership of both CPAA and IPA; and entry to both the CPA Program of CPAA and the CA Program of CA ANZ.


Entry Requirement

Applicants must have successfully completed the equivalent of a 3 year Australian Bachelor degree and have a demonstrated  language competence with an IELTS of 6.5 overall with no individual band below 6.0

Mature age applicants can be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis having regard to prior study, employment and professional experience.

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Accounting can be admitted into second year of the program with 120 Credit Points.

English language requirements - International students

English language Proficiency tests Results Required
IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5

No individual band score less than 6.0

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

79–93 with minimum scores: Reading 13, Listening 12, Speaking 18, Writing 21

PTE Academic

Overall score 58 (no score less than 50)

Cambridge CAE

CAE Score of 176 (no band less than 169)


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