Jessie Hu

Why study Professional Accounting at the University of Sydney?

Develop the skills to become a leader in the accounting profession
With a powerful focus on employability, data and technology skills, accounting practice and strong connections with industry, our Master of Professional Accounting and Business Performance is designed to produce graduates with the experience, integrity and vision to lead.

The Master of Professional Accounting and Business Performance is a pre-experience program designed for students who have recently completed their undergraduate degree or who are seeking a career change to the dynamic environment and range of opportunities presented by professional accounting.

The program has a long tradition of excellence in accounting education and research, maintained through strong engagement with the profession, leading enterprises and industry.

Students of the Master of Professional Accounting and Business Performance will be able to develop the knowledge and expertise required to future-proof their business career in professional accounting and undertake advanced learning in the technologies and techniques of professional practice to lead in contributing to understanding and improving business performance.

Develop the skills employers want

Many employers have difficulty filling graduate positions as a great number of applicants lack the interpersonal, leadership, data technology and deep technical skills to succeed in business. To prepare you for the needs of contemporary enterprises, the Master of Professional Accounting and Business Performance develops employability skills alongside the most desired technical skills of professional accountants.

Our core units of study will build your experience in professional pactice as well as the theoretical know-how, data analysis and leaderships skills required to thrive in a constantly changing business environment.

And through the unique foundation unit Succeeding in the Accounting Profession, you will develop interpersonal and leadership skills that are highly sought after by employers.

Pradeesh Nair, Master of Professional Accounting '19

Pradeesh Nair
Project Lead & Service Delivery Guardian at Broadridge
"In addition to gaining technical skills, the Master of Professional Accounting prepared me for a job through learning how to present myself and form networks with people from different backgrounds and fields. All of this adds up when you’re looking for a job after graduation."
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Draw insights from data

In today's data-rich business environment, the ability to accurately and effectively analyse data is crucial.

Our unique core units Analytics for Accounting and Applied Business Performance Management will provide the business insight and data skills for you to analyse and contribute to enhancing business performance.

You will have the opportunity to further develop these skills with the elective unit, Visual Data Analytics.

Become an ethical and responsible leader

As a signatory of the United Nations' Principles for Responsible Management Education, the University of Sydney Business School is committed to producing graduates who will shape a better future for business and humanity.

Through the Master of Professional Accounting and Business Performance capstone unit, Corporate Governance and Accountability, you will work on an internationally focussed case study to explore the central relationships and practices upon which effective governance and accountability depend.

This capstone unit also allows you to investigate wider issues of corporate social responsibility in relation to the globalisation of product and capital markets, as well as issues relating to climate change.

Adam Aziz, Master of Professional Accounting '16

Adam Aziz
Senior Associate at Deloitte
"As an accountant working within the audit and assurance sphere, it is evident that leadership responsibilities are embedded at all levels. Accountants and auditors help protect the fabric of trust and hence are expected to lead by example in the application of their knowledge and conduct in society."
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Build a degree that works for you

In addition to completing foundational units and advanced units to truly cover the breadth and depth of professional accounting, you will also be able to choose two electives from a range of disciplines as part of your Master of Professional Accounting and Business Performance program.

With classes ranging from International Financial Crime to Global Business and Work-Integrated Learning units such as the Business Practicum or Experience in Industry, the Master of Professional Accounting and Business Performance offers you a wide range of topics to suit your interests and goals.

Alternatively, if a 2 year master's program isn't quite right for you, perhaps the 1 year Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting and Business Performance is your next step?

Mik K. Mo, Master of Professional Accounting '19

Mik Mok
Senior Corporate Tax Consultant at KPMG
"I chose to study at the University of Sydney Business School because of the full range of subjects the Master of Professional Accounting offers: not only accounting subjects, but also finance, law, economics and even IT system implementations."
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Become professionally accredited

Our Master of Professional Accounting and Business Performance is the University of Sydney's only pathway to full accounting accreditation, meeting the requirements of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) of Australia and the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA).

Boost your employability

Gain access to specialised career services through the Business School's Careers and Employability Office, which is committed to helping you achieve your career aspirations.

The Careers and Employability Office can help you plan your career, develop your career decision-making skills, tailor your resume and job applications, engage in experiential recruitment activities such as mock interviews and assessment centres, and connect you with top graduate recruiters and corporate partners.

We also offer the award-winning free Job Smart program, which enables international students to develop the skills and professional experience to gain employment when they graduate.

Jessie Hu, Master of Professional Accounting '15

Jessie Hu
Finance Business Partner at Paragon Care Group Australia
"The soft skills I learned from opportunities like the Industry Placement Program not only helped me to pass the interview easily, but excel at my work as an auditor."
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Learn from high calibre academics

Learn from some of the best educators in the world. Gain insight from academics whose research has directly impacted practice. Our diverse teaching cohort will transform your education.

Meet a few of the leading academics who teach into our accounting programs.

Graduate in high demand from a top-ranked university

The labour market for accountants is at an all-time high, with strong growth projected over the next five years.1 With a Master of Professional Accounting and Business Performance from a top-ranked university, your skills will place you at a competitive advanced in this rapidly expanding sector.

Our rankings



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15 March 2019

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