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Overview

Our Master of Professional Accounting will help you develop the skills and expertise you need for a rewarding career in accounting. You will develop the knowledge and expertise to future-proof your career. Undertake advanced learning in both theory and professional practice and learn to solve accounting and business problems in innovative ways.

The degree meets the requirements for professional accounting accreditation with the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and CPA Australia. The program offers graduates with a recognised bachelor's qualification in any field the opportunity to develop knowledge, understanding and expertise in the field of professional accountancy.

The program's foundation exposes students to the broad organisational, regulatory and market context in which accountants operate. Students then pursue advanced learning in accounting within the contexts of both professional practice and the theoretical paradigms that underpin such practice.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSPs are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

Domestic students studying the Master of Professional Accounting may also be eligible to receive Youth Allowance, Austudy, or Pensioner Education Supplement. Visit Services Australia for more information.

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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

Apply online or for more information visit our how to apply page.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSPs are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1: 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2: 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply, check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

Apply online or for more information visit our how to apply page.

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1: 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2: 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible. Separate scholarship deadlines 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:

  • Accounting Principles
  • Succeeding in the Accounting Profession
  • Firms, Markets and Business Management
  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Capital Markets and Corporate Finance
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Quantitative Methods for Accounting

Advanced units:

  • Managerial Accounting and Decision Making
  • Intermediate Financial Reporting
  • Contemporary Issues in Auditing
  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Corporate Structures in Practice
  • Taxation Law and Practice

Capstone unit:

  • Corporate Governance and Accountability
Elective units of study

Completion of three 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 Handbook.

Units of Study

Completion requirement

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

  • 84 credit points in core units of study.
  • 12 credit points in elective units of study.

A candidate for the Master of Professional Accounting completes the core unit Accounting Principles 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 Handbook for this degree for the recommended sequence of progression.

Professional accounting accreditation requirements

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 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.

For a guide to common international qualifications and equivalent admission criteria, please download the Business School Admission Criteria (pdf, 81.2KB).

Professional accreditation

The Master of Professional Accounting is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

You need to complete the compulsory units of study to satisfy professional accreditation requirements. For more detailed information download the Professional Accounting Accreditation Guide (pdf, 201KB).

Further information on professional accounting accreditation requirements:

Career opportunities

Our Master of Professional Accounting graduates look forward to employment in or, the formation of their own accounting practices. Also to roles such as chief financial officers, chief information officers, financial controllers, company secretaries, financial analysts and planners, tax and estate advisers, financial and management accountants, auditors, system designers, investment advisors and managers.

There are many employment opportunities for accounting graduates across a range of industries, many of our graduates go on to work in finance, banking, insurance, consulting, manufacturing, medicine and health, construction and engineering, media, advertising, marketing, public relations, telecommunication s and technology, property and real estate, and law and legal services.

Some of our graduates have gone on to work at AMP, Deloitte, EY, KPMG, PwC, Microsoft, Huawei, Vodaphone and eHealth.

Future study

A postgraduate degree can open doors to further study, whether you are interested in pursuing a research degree, or expanding your postgraduate qualifications and skillset by embarking on a management degree, MBA or specialised business masters.

The Business School offers two research degrees, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and the Master of Philosophy (MPhil), which may be studied full-time or part-time. Embarking on a PhD or masters by research is an opportunity to join a community of recognised leaders in scholarship and make a significant contribution to your area of study. We are home to many leading researchers and attract generous funding in support of our research projects, and the University of Sydney is consistently ranked among the best research universities in the world.

If you are interested in pursuing further postgraduate study, our postgraduate coursework business degrees cater to students from any background and career stage, with pre- and post-experience options available, to help you achieve the future you’ve imagined. Combine your interests and develop specialised skills to be well positioned in an increasingly competitive business environment.

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6 reasons to study professional accounting at Sydney

Prepare yourself for a thriving career in accounting

Find out how our Master of Professional Accounting will give you a competitive edge to help you leverage a rewarding and successful career in accounting. Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for domestic students.

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Adam Aziz

Adam Aziz
Master of Professional Accounting | Auditor (Assurance), PwC Australia

 
“During my time at the University of Sydney Business School, I grew to understand the sheer scope of the accounting profession and I have a better appreciation of the role accountants play in society. My postgraduate study has also placed me in a strong position to pursue my entrepreneurial ambitions.

“I now have a greater knowledge of how companies operate and profit. With my blend of accounting and economics expertise and my passion for consumer behaviour, I am much better equipped to embark on my entrepreneurial pursuit.”

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