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Get ready for the future of accounting and business leadership.

The Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting and Business Performance will help you develop the skills and experience to bring value to any organisation in a disruptive global economy.

Based on our Master of Professional Accounting, but requiring fewer units of study, you will start to develop the knowledge and expertise to future-proof your career.

Co-designed with industry, this program will give you a unique, future-proofed skillset that will help you solve accounting and business problems in innovative ways to drive organisational performance.

You'll learn about the broad organisational, regulatory, market and technological contexts in which accountants operate and pursue advanced learning in professional practice, the theory that underpins it and the people skills that make accounting information most effective.

This course will enhance your career and enable you to progress to the Master of Professional Accounting and Business Performance.

Why study the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting and Business Performance with us?

  • Build your global network as you connect with our Australian and international partners.
  • Access our Careers and Employability Office and Work-Integrated Learning Hub for specialised services, employability skill development and industry experiences that will help you graduate job-ready.
  • The University of Sydney Business School is triple accredited, placing it in the top one percent of business schools in the world.

Subject areas
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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information.

Standard closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, Offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information

This course is currently not available to international students.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

Core units of study 

Foundational units:

  • Foundation in Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Quantitative Methods for Accounting

Advanced units:

  • Intermediate Financial Reporting
  • Managerial Accounting and Decision Making

Elective units of study

Completion of two electives is also a requirement of the course:

  • Succeeding in the Accounting Profession
  • Contemporary Issues in Auditing
  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Analytics for Accounting
  • Foundation in Economics and Finance
  • Taxation Law and Practice
  • Accounting Information Systems

Units of Study

Admission criteria

To be considered for admission, an applicant is required to have:

  • Australian bachelor's degree or higher (minimum 60 percent average) or equivalent qualification, or
  • Australian bachelor's degree or higher with a pass average (minimum 50 percent) or equivalent qualification, and satisfactory performance in the GMAT (for guidance, the class average score is 590) or equivalent Business School approved admissions test.

Students are able to apply to upgrade from the graduate diploma to the master's degree.

Any grade requirements listed are based on the University of Sydney guide to grades.

Completion requirement

The Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting requires the completion of 48 credit points comprising:

  • 36 credit points in core (foundation and advanced) units of study, and
  • 12 credit points in elective units of study

Professional accreditation

Re-accreditation pending. The Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting and Business Performance program is currently undergoing re-accreditation processes with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

Career opportunities

Graduates from the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting and Business Performance are well equipped for a range of careers across a variety of organisations, including as:

  • business analysts
  • business consultants
  • forensic accountants
  • management consultants
  • business or venture analysts
  • auditors
  • financial controllers
  • company secretaries
  • financial analysts and planners
  • tax and estate advisers
  • financial and management accountants

Domestic students

International students

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