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Master of

Master of

Accelerate your career with a
professional accounting qualification
2 Years Full Time
Australian Qualification Framework: 9
CRICOS code: 113891J
Available at
Melbourne, Sydney
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LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MASTER OF Professional Accounting

Master of Professional Accounting


ACAP's Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) is designed to provide students with advanced knowledge to forge a successful career in the accounting profession. Students will develop their professional skills across a range of core areas including management accounting, financial reporting, economics, data analysis and company law. Students will apply their critical and innovative thinking to solve real-world problems ethically and with a keen awareness of corporate governance and social responsibility.

Students will undertake 12 units aligned to the CAANZ/CPA competency areas and complete 4 units of an elective stream in either small to medium business management (SMB), business management and administration (BMA), or IT and accounting.

In addition, a work integrated learning unit forms the culmination of learning in this course, and students will have an opportunity to further their knowledge in a hands-on environment through a work placement or an industry-focused project.

Master of Professional Accounting

What you'll learn

Accelerate your career potential with applied learning and practical skills. Explore with an applied focus:

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    Advanced accounting and finance knowledge and skills
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    Management and business decision-making
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    Business, company and tax law
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    Business reporting
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    Data analytics
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    Project management and teamwork
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    Cognitive skills and critical thinking
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    Global outlook
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Career Pathways

Graduates of the MPA will be prepared to take on strategic and senior project management and leadership roles in accounting across a diverse scope of industries. Graduates will have high-level knowledge of current accounting theories, practices and processes and will be able to identify and develop sustainable solutions that address a range of challenges.

Graduates will also have developed strong communication and management skills to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders and apply strategic thinking and high-level technical skills to complex business issues.

Dr Charles Lo MPA Course Leader
Course Leader

Dr Charles Lo

“There are few professions where you can have such a meaningful, enduring impact on individuals and society. What initially attracted me to the field of education was a profound belief in the transformative power of learning. I was inspired by the educators I encountered throughout my own academic journey, their passion, dedication, and their ability to make complex ideas understandable and exciting.  

As learning is a lifelong journey, enrolling in the ACAP Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) program holds several advantages. This program combines theoretical expertise with real-world application, facilitated by our unique work-integrated learning component. Furthermore, you can choose from diverse elective streams, including small to medium businesses, IT, and leadership, to broaden your career horizons.”


Dr Charles Lo, Course Leader – Master of Professional Accounting


Course structure

This course is made up of 12 Core Units and 4 Elective Units

The course duration is 2 years full time or up to 6 years part time. For more information on the recommended course sequence click here and for the course structure click here.


Students who enrol in the Master of Professional Accounting and choose to discontinue their studies after successfully completing the first four units may exit the course with a Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting (four units) or a Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting (eight units).

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