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  • No. 1 in Australia

    The University is ranked first in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022.

  • Top 25 globally

    Our Accounting and Finance subjects are ranked #24 in the world in the QS World Rankings by Subject 2022.

Overview

Get ready for the future of accounting and business leadership.

Our new Master of Professional Accounting and Business Performance will give you the skills and experience to bring value to any organisation in a disruptive global economy. 

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

You'll develop the key analytics, technology and communication skills to lead in enterprise performance management, as well as build your experience with cloud-based accounting technology platforms.

You'll also develop deep technical skills and meet accreditation requirements with CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) as well as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).*

And with opportunities to gain real-world experience, develop transferable career skills and explore corporate social responsibility and governance, you'll graduate in-demand and on track to become an ethical business leader in management, accounting practice and beyond.

*Re-accreditation pending. The Master of Professional Accounting and Business Performance program is currently undergoing a re-accreditation process with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Why study the Master of 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.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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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.

Applying for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

There is no separate application required to apply for a CSP. Once you apply for admission, if you are successful in securing a CSP, you will receive notification via an offer of admission.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) is not guaranteed as there are a limitednumber of CSPs available for postgraduate courses. The number of available CSPs for a course can change each semester/year. CSPs are also not automatically awarded for course transfers and upgrades.

CSPs are awarded for the duration of a course based on academic merit determined by the University and eligibility criteria specified by the Australian Government. Learn more about CSPs. If you do not qualify for a CSP you may be offered a domestic fee-paying place. 

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.

Standard closing dates

Semester 1 - 15 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 25 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

Core units of study 

Foundational units:

  • Foundation in Accounting
  • Succeeding in the Accounting Profession
  • Foundation in Economics and Finance
  • Business Law
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Quantitative Methods for Accounting

Advanced units:

  • Intermediate Financial Reporting
  • Contemporary Issues in Auditing
  • Managerial Accounting and Decision Making
  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Applied Business Performance Management
  • Analytics for Accounting
  • Taxation Law and Practice

Capstone unit:

  • Corporate Governance and Accountability

Elective units of study

Completion of two electives is also a requirement of the degree. Electives are selected from a wide range of Business School units of study, set out in the Business School Postgraduate Handbook.

Units of Study

Admission criteria

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

  • Australian bachelor's degree or higher with a credit average (65 percent) or equivalent qualification, or
  • Australian bachelor's degree or higher (minimum 50 percent required) or equivalent qualification, and satisfactory performance in the GMAT (for guidance, the class average score is 630), or
  • University of Sydney Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting and Business Performance with a credit average (65 percent).

Units completed in the graduate diploma can be credited to the master's degree.

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

Completion requirement

The Master of Professional Accounting and Business Performance requires the completion of 96 credit points comprising:

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

A candidate for the Master of Professional Accounting and Business Performance completes the core unit, Foundation in Accounting, in the first semester of enrolment. The capstone core unit, Corporate Governance and Accountability, is completed in the final semester of enrolment. The remaining units are completed in any order depending on prerequisite/corequisite requirements. Students should refer to the Business School Postgraduate Handbook for this degree for the recommended sequence of progression.

Capstone unit

The capstone unit for the Master of Professional Accounting and Business Performance, Corporate Governance and Accountability, assures the learning from prior management, audit, financial reporting and analysis accounting units by exploring how accounting information is used (and at time abused) in enabling the accountability through which the governance of the corporation is affected.

As an integral part of their learning experience and assessment, students are required to develop an internationally focussed case study that is updated as they progress through the range of topics explored in this unit.

Professional accreditation

Re-accreditation pending. The Master of 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

Our Master of Professional Accounting and Business Performance graduates are well equipped for a range of careers across a variety of organisations, such as:

  • chief financial officer
  • chief information officer
  • financial controller
  • company secretary
  • financial analyst or planner
  • forensic accountant
  • tax and estate adviser
  • financial and management accountant
  • auditor
  • system designer
  • investment advisor and manager
  • management consultant

There are many employment opportunities for Master of Professional Accounting and Business Performance graduates across a range of industries such as:

  • finance and banking
  • insurance
  • professional services
  • public sector
  • medicine and health
  • media, advertising, marketing or public relations
  • travel and entertainment
  • large philanthropic enterprises
  • construction and engineering
  • telecommunications and technology
  • property and real estate
  • law and legal services

Our graduates have gone on to work at leading organisations including AMP, Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PwC, Microsoft, Vodaphone, eHealth, BDO and Grant Thornton.

Domestic students

International students

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