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Learn the financial skills to design the future for high performing businesses

Understand what business customers want. Learn to think differently. Stretch your mind and gain new skills.

Study a Master of Professional Accounting at MIT’s Sydney or Melbourne Campus next semester.


 

DURATION

2 Years (4 Trimesters)
Full-Time or Equivalent Part-Time

INTAKES

March,
July,
November

LOCATION

Sydney, Melbourne

AQF LEVEL

Level 9

 
DURATION 2 Years (4 Trimesters) Full-Time or Equivalent Part-Time
INTAKES March, July, November
LOCATION Sydney, Melbourne
AQF LEVEL Level 9

ACCOUNTANCY OPEN DOORS TO YOUR CHOSEN INDUSTRY

It's time to smash some myths. Accountants are not number crunchers who hide behind spreadsheets. The truth is accountants are multi-skilled strategic business advisors who work across organisations.

A Master of Professional Accounting will give you a broad understanding of business and how accountancy fits into the larger picture. You'll learn how to apply accounting theory to real-world cases.

You'll graduate with the skills and knowledge to work in a broad range of financial roles, anywhere in the world. It's the perfect introduction to entrepreneurship.

THIS COURSE INCLUDES:

  • DISCOVER NEW DIMENSIONS

    Hone your skills in cloud accounting, business analytics, forensic accounting. Learn to detect fraud and how to use data analytics to conduct forensic investigations.

  • GET HANDS-ON-EXPERIENCE

    Our learning approach is highly practical. You will continually put theory into action. This keeps things exciting and prepares you for the workplace.

  • BECOME COMMERCIALLY SAVVY

    Prepare business reports and develop financial models. Gain an understanding of business so you can understand what the numbers are telling you.

  • SOLVE REAL PROBLEMS

    Our curriculum is based on solving real world problems. You’ll learn everything from SEO to tackling the ethics of online marketing.

  • DEVELOP FRESH THINKING

    Learn to think outside the box. Collaborate with students across disciplines in an environment that echoes real life.

  • USE THE LATEST TOOLS

    Master the latest digital marketing tools. Get comfortable with new software programs for analytics, CRM and SEO.

CAREER PATHS

A Master of Professional Accounting is a ticket to the industry of your choice. Graduates find employment in corporate accounting, financial accounting/reporting, managerial accounting, auditing and assurance, taxation, investments and across all areas of commerce, industry, and government.

Our graduates have found jobs at leading businesses including KPMG, NAB Banks and Commonwealth Banks. When you study accounting, you open up a range of opportunities at the heart of business.

Career roles include:

  • Graduate Accountant
  • Graduate Auditor
  • Financial Analyst or Consultant
  • Finance Manager
  • Network Analyst
  • Investment Analyst/Consultant
  • Investment Manager
  • Business Analyst/Consultant
  • Corporate Secretary
  • Taxation Consultant
  • Systems Accountant
  • Forensic Accountant

COURSE DETAILS

Whether you're looking to upgrade your qualifications or thinking of a career change, MIT's MPA will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a career in some of the fastest-growing areas of the accounting industry.

The Master of Professional Accounting is designed for students from both accounting and non-accounting backgrounds. 

Within an accounting major, you'll study auditing, financial accounting, law, accounting systems and analytics, economics, cloud-based digital technologies, forensic accounting as well as various theories and models of accounting.

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION AND ACCREDITATION

The Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and Master of Professional Accounting courses are accredited by CPA Australia (CPAA) and  Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ).

After successfully completing the course, graduates will be eligible to apply for associate membership of CPAA and entry to the CPA Program of CPAA and CA ANZ.

MIT’s courses are accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) TEQSA is Australia’s independent national quality assurance and regulatory agency for higher education in Australia

 

COURSE STRUCTURE.

The Master of Professional Accounting course comprises 14 core units and 2 elective units (240 credit points). Each unit is worth 15 credit points, and full-time students undertake four units per trimester.

As you progress through your course, your knowledge will become more focussed on your chosen course. This is put into action in your final year industry-based project.

A typical course outline :

Trimester 4
MA618 Industry Based Capstone Project* (pre-requisite: Must have successfully completed a minimum of 10 units.)
Elective
Elective

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.

*Additional Fees

MA501 Foundations of Accounting and MA509 Accounting Information Systems utilise cloud-based accounting software. When studying these units, the student will incur a fee per unit (currently $33) for access to the cloud-based accounting software. The student is responsible for payment of the fee.

*Industry Experience

It is mandatory for awarding of the Master of Professional Accounting degree that the students undertake the final trimester MA618 Industry Based Capstone Project unit. If a third party is required to find a project for the student, the student will incur a fee (currently $330). The industry-based project is designed to provide students with real-world experience, working for an industry client on a project focussed within their discipline of study.

COURSE UNITS

Master of Professional Accounting

Common Core Units

Electives Units

Please note:

  • MA618 Industry Based Capstone Project is mandatory unit. During the project, a personal development session will be offered to help you source and execute the project.
  • If a third party is required to find a project, you will incur a fee. An indicative fee is $350 plus GST.
  • Not all units of study are available every trimester, and changes in program structure occur from time to time.
  • 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.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To qualify for entry into the MPA, you need to have;

The requirements for admission to this course are:

CREDIT TRANSFER

Credit transfer provides students with credit for learning already achieved. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about credit transfer.

Applications for credit transfer must be made before or during orientation and enrolment week.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit towards their course based on their prior learning (including formal, informal and non‐formal learning). Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about credit transfer.

Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning must be made before or during orientation and enrolment week.

FEE INFORMATION

Study now and pay later with FEE-HELP.

Students studying at MIT may be eligible for FEE-HELP. FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible fee-paying students to pay their tuition fees. An eligible person may borrow up to the FEE-HELP limit to pay tuition fees over their lifetime.

Read more about FEE-HELP or visit Study Assist.

Tuition Fees

For 2022-23 fee information visit the tuition fee page.

Financial Assistance

Youth and student allowances

For details on Youth Allowance, Austudy and ABSTUDY, visit Human Services.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Accounting?

Accounting is the language of business. It’s a system that collects, measures, and communicates all relevant financial information that an entity or a business requires for managing, reporting, resource allocation, and decision making purposes. Accounting is how business records, verifies, and reports values of assets, liabilities, income and expenses. Through accounting, the professional prepares business reports that help businesses make the right decisions.

What do Accountants do?

Being an Accountant is much more than crunching numbers. Accountants are strategic business advisers and valued members of management teams. They often progress to senior management or board positions.

As well as recording business transactions, bookkeeping and preparing financial statements, accountants also; 

  • provide advice on the interpretation and application of financial data
  • participate with senior management in strategies for mergers, acquisitions and the future direction of the organisation
  • compute cost and efficiency gains from new technologies
  • analyse the growth opportunities for new products
  • develop management information systems to facilitate organisational control and decision making
  • report on organisational financial performance

What will I study for a Master of Professional Accounting?

Accounting major units focus on financial and management accounting, specialised accounting applications, audit and assurance, and corporate and taxation law.

The final year capstone industry based project will be based on a real application in industry or in an organisation. This project will allow you to bring together and strengthen the knowledge and skills you have gained during the program.

What are courses similar to Master of Accounting?

  • Bachelor of Business – Accounting major
  • Graduate Diploma of Accounting

Is the course accredited by professional accounting bodies?

Yes; the Master of Professional Accounting courses are accredited by CPA Australia (CPAA), Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

Why is this professional accreditation important?

Provides membership entry into these professional accounting bodies and enables you to enrol in their programs for further professional accounting qualifications.

Professional accreditation is an important signal to give prospective employers about your job readiness as an accountant. Obtaining your professional qualification through MIT’s MPA shows employers that you have a wide ranging and varied skill-set as well as on the job experience.

PREPARING YOUR APPLICATION

Before applying, make sure you:

  • Meet the course entry requirements for the course you want to apply for.
  • Have all your details ready—for example, your educational history, personal details, academic transcripts and award certificates.

What to include with your application?

  • Evidence of completion of your previous studies that is award certificates or transcript with completion confirmed.
  • Proof of identity, for example, your passport or birth certificate or citizenship.
  • Evidence of English language skills (if you completed studies from a non-English speaking country).
  • Proof of your permanent residency or citizenship if you were born overseas.

Certifying your academic documents

You should provide certified copies of your academic and other essential documents at the time of application.

Uploading your documents

You must upload all requested documents at the time of the application.

Learn more about the whole of the institution set here.

Contact us

Phone our friendly student recruitment team on 1800 648 669.
enquiries@mit.edu.au

COURSE DETAILS

Whether you're looking to upgrade your qualifications or thinking of a career change, MIT's MPA will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a career in some of the fastest-growing areas of the accounting industry.

The Master of Professional Accounting is designed for students from both accounting and non-accounting backgrounds. 

Within an accounting major, you'll study auditing, financial accounting, law, accounting systems and analytics, economics, cloud-based digital technologies, forensic accounting as well as various theories and models of accounting.

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION AND ACCREDITATION

The Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and Master of Professional Accounting courses are accredited by CPA Australia (CPAA) and  Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ).

After successfully completing the course, graduates will be eligible to apply for associate membership of CPAA and entry to the CPA Program of CPAA and CA ANZ.

MIT’s courses are accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) TEQSA is Australia’s independent national quality assurance and regulatory agency for higher education in Australia

COURSE STRUCTURE.

The Master of Professional Accounting course comprises 14 core units and 2 elective units (240 credit points). Each unit is worth 15 credit points, and full-time students undertake four units per trimester.

As you progress through your course, your knowledge will become more focussed on your chosen course. This is put into action in your final year industry-based project.

A typical course outline :

Trimester 4
MA618 Industry Based Capstone Project* (pre-requisite: Must have successfully completed a minimum of 10 units.)
Elective
Elective

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.

*Additional Fees

MA501 Foundations of Accounting and MA509 Accounting Information Systems utilise cloud-based accounting software. When studying these units, the student will incur a fee per unit (currently $33) for access to the cloud-based accounting software. The student is responsible for payment of the fee.

*Industry Experience

It is mandatory for awarding of the Master of Professional Accounting degree that the students undertake the final trimester MA618 Industry Based Capstone Project unit. If a third party is required to find a project for the student, the student will incur a fee (currently $330). The industry-based project is designed to provide students with real-world experience, working for an industry client on a project focussed within their discipline of study.

COURSE UNITS

Master of Professional Accounting

Common Core Units

Electives Units

Please note:

  • MA618 Industry Based Capstone Project is mandatory unit. During the project, a personal development session will be offered to help you source and execute the project.
  • If a third party is required to find a project, you will incur a fee. An indicative fee is $350 plus GST.
  • Not all units of study are available every trimester, and changes in program structure occur from time to time.
  • 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.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To qualify for entry into the MPA, you need to have;

The requirements for admission to this course are:

CREDIT TRANSFER

Credit transfer provides students with credit for learning already achieved. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about credit transfer.

Applications for credit transfer must be made before or during orientation and enrolment week.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit towards their course based on their prior learning (including formal, informal and non‐formal learning). Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about credit transfer.

Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning must be made before or during orientation and enrolment week.

FEE INFORMATION

Study now and pay later with FEE-HELP.

Students studying at MIT may be eligible for FEE-HELP. FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible fee-paying students to pay their tuition fees. An eligible person may borrow up to the FEE-HELP limit to pay tuition fees over their lifetime.

Read more about FEE-HELP or visit Study Assist.

Tuition Fees

For 2022-23 fee information visit the tuition fee page.

Financial Assistance

Youth and student allowances

For details on Youth Allowance, Austudy and ABSTUDY, visit Human Services.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Accounting?

Accounting is the language of business. It’s a system that collects, measures, and communicates all relevant financial information that an entity or a business requires for managing, reporting, resource allocation, and decision making purposes. Accounting is how business records, verifies, and reports values of assets, liabilities, income and expenses. Through accounting, the professional prepares business reports that help businesses make the right decisions.

What do Accountants do?

Being an Accountant is much more than crunching numbers. Accountants are strategic business advisers and valued members of management teams. They often progress to senior management or board positions.

As well as recording business transactions, bookkeeping and preparing financial statements, accountants also; 

  • provide advice on the interpretation and application of financial data
  • participate with senior management in strategies for mergers, acquisitions and the future direction of the organisation
  • compute cost and efficiency gains from new technologies
  • analyse the growth opportunities for new products
  • develop management information systems to facilitate organisational control and decision making
  • report on organisational financial performance

What will I study for a Master of Professional Accounting?

Accounting major units focus on financial and management accounting, specialised accounting applications, audit and assurance, and corporate and taxation law.

The final year capstone industry based project will be based on a real application in industry or in an organisation. This project will allow you to bring together and strengthen the knowledge and skills you have gained during the program.

What are courses similar to Master of Accounting?

  • Bachelor of Business – Accounting major
  • Graduate Diploma of Accounting

Is the course accredited by professional accounting bodies?

Yes; the Master of Professional Accounting courses are accredited by CPA Australia (CPAA), Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

Why is this professional accreditation important?

Provides membership entry into these professional accounting bodies and enables you to enrol in their programs for further professional accounting qualifications.

Professional accreditation is an important signal to give prospective employers about your job readiness as an accountant. Obtaining your professional qualification through MIT’s MPA shows employers that you have a wide ranging and varied skill-set as well as on the job experience.

PREPARING YOUR APPLICATION

Before applying, make sure you:

  • Meet the course entry requirements for the course you want to apply for.
  • Have all your details ready—for example, your educational history, personal details, academic transcripts and award certificates.

What to include with your application?

  • Evidence of completion of your previous studies that is award certificates or transcript with completion confirmed.
  • Proof of identity, for example, your passport or birth certificate or citizenship.
  • Evidence of English language skills (if you completed studies from a non-English speaking country).
  • Proof of your permanent residency or citizenship if you were born overseas.

Certifying your academic documents

You should provide certified copies of your academic and other essential documents at the time of application.

Uploading your documents

You must upload all requested documents at the time of the application.

Learn more about the whole of the institution set here.

Contact us

Phone our friendly student recruitment team on 1800 648 669.
enquiries@mit.edu.au

INDUSTRY PROJECTS

In the final year, students consolidate their learning through a capstone project.

This industry-based project is designed to provide students with real-world experience. The Industry Experience unit will require you to undertake project work for 150 hours in the trimester.

You’ll work with an actual business client and use what you’ve learned. Apply accounting principles to analysis, design, development and implementation and project management. Tackle and solve problems with technical and creative skills.

Our past students have worked on capstone projects, such as these:

  • HEALTH AND SAFETY : Development of Market Segmentation and Analysis for an OH&S App to send warnings if tradies are taking undue risks.
  • RIDE-SHARE FINANCIAL MODELING : Developing a three financial statements forecast financial model for a ride-share company.
  • ENVIRONMENTAL PRICING MODEL : Analysing pricing models and researching an HR payroll system for an environmentally-driven project.
  • SANITATION : Developing a marketing plan and digital marketing strategy for an environmentally sustainable Sanitation Project.
  • UNDERWATER TECHNOLOGY : Using the Internet of Things to alert authorities if a surfer or diver is attacked by a shark. Considering the financial implication of different designs.
  • TRAVEL : Research and integration of a customer relationship management system for the travel industry.

OUR STAFF ARE LEADING INDUSTRY EXPERTS

Michael De Martinis

Associate Professor, Accounting

Michael is an Associate Professor and the Postgraduate Course Coordinator. In the MPA, he teaches a range of accounting units from first to final year. He also teaches these units in the undergraduate degree. Michael was previously a senior lecturer at Monash University, where he established his academic career through senior roles as a faculty board member, course coordinator and subject coordinator of many accounting undergraduate and postgraduate subjects.

He is the recipient of numerous teaching excellence and commendation awards for his teaching innovations and style. Prior to his academic career, he worked as an auditor at the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office. Michael has a Doctor of Philosophy from the Australian National University, a Master of Business Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education from Monash University, and a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from La Trobe University. He also is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA Australia).

Stuart Orr (PhD)

Head of School of Business

Professor Stuart Orr has 35 years of experience in leadership roles in the higher education industry, having commenced his academic career in 1985. Stuart has previously been a Head of School at Monash and Deakin Universities, as well as holding senior leadership roles including Chairing the Deakin Academic Board, University Teaching and Learning Course Standard Committees.

He has held board roles in a number of peak academic bodies, including the Decision Sciences Institute and has been President of a number of associations, including an NGO with 450,000 members. Stuart has published seven textbooks, including three books on Strategic Management, over 50 refereed journal articles and over 100 conference papers.

He has also been awarded over 30 competitive research grants and is regularly interviewed for international magazines, such as Forbes, international radio business programs, such as "The Voice of America" and on Australian television programs such as "Current Affairs". He is a life member/fellow of several associations and institutions including the Australian Corporate Treasury Association.

OUR STAFF ARE LEADING INDUSTRY EXPERTS

Meet Associate Professor
Michael De Martinis
Associate Professor, Accounting

Michael De Martinis

Associate Professor, Accounting

Michael is an Associate Professor and the Postgraduate Course Coordinator. In the MPA, he teaches a range of accounting units from first to final year. He also teaches these units in the undergraduate degree. Michael was previously a senior lecturer at Monash University, where he established his academic career through senior roles as a faculty board member, course coordinator and subject coordinator of many accounting undergraduate and postgraduate subjects.

He is the recipient of numerous teaching excellence and commendation awards for his teaching innovations and style. Prior to his academic career, he worked as an auditor at the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office. Michael has a Doctor of Philosophy from the Australian National University, a Master of Business Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education from Monash University, and a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from La Trobe University. He also is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA Australia).

Meet Professor
Stuart Orr (PhD)
Head of School - School of Business

Stuart Orr (PhD)

Head of School of Business

Professor Stuart Orr has 35 years of experience in leadership roles in the higher education industry, having commenced his academic career in 1985. Stuart has previously been a Head of School at Monash and Deakin Universities, as well as holding senior leadership roles including Chairing the Deakin Academic Board, University Teaching and Learning Course Standard Committees.

He has held board roles in a number of peak academic bodies, including the Decision Sciences Institute and has been President of a number of associations, including an NGO with 450,000 members. Stuart has published seven textbooks, including three books on Strategic Management, over 50 refereed journal articles and over 100 conference papers.

He has also been awarded over 30 competitive research grants and is regularly interviewed for international magazines, such as Forbes, international radio business programs, such as "The Voice of America" and on Australian television programs such as "Current Affairs". He is a life member/fellow of several associations and institutions including the Australian Corporate Treasury Association.

HEAR FROM THOSE WHO GRADUATED

I got my first job offer within months of graduating from MIT.”

Ali Jaweed

Master of Professional Accounting

I got my first job offer within months of graduating from MIT.”

Ali Jaweed

Master of Professional Accounting

I get support whenever I need it.”

Asma Shah

Master of Professional Accounting

I get support whenever I need it.”

Asma Shah

Master of Professional Accounting

JOIN A SUPPORTIVE NETWORK

When you study the MPA with MIT, you’ll make friends and industry connections that last a lifetime. Our welcoming student support team will help you start your career on the right foot and stay in touch as your career progresses. Our alumni network is active and encouraging.

WE CARE ABOUT YOUR FUTURE

At MIT you’re more than a number. Our teachers know students by name. And our teaching methods support and challenge you to reach your potential.

Our care goes beyond the classroom. We ensure students have the support and skills they need to succeed in life and study.

We understand that choosing a course can be daunting at times. Our friendly student support service is there to answer your questions.

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