Overview

Master of Professional Accounting (Advanced)

A career in accounting provides challenging, rewarding and versatile opportunities in the current business environment. Increasingly businesses are looking for people with superior analytical skills which accounting can provide. A Master of Professional Accounting (Advanced) is a qualification which equips graduates with the knowledge and skills to succeed in accounting as well as a specialisation in International Business or Applied Finance.

The Master of Professional Accounting (Advanced) offered through the University of Newcastle is for people with an educational background other than accounting, and seeking an entry into the  professional accounting bodies’ membership program. The skills gained from this program are not only prerequisites for a career in accounting but highly transferable in the banking and finance industry globally.

Due to the increasing integration and interdependence of the global economy, an understanding of the principles of International Business such as cross-cultural management and global business management will complement studies in Professional Accounting, allowing the graduates to position themselves for senior management roles in global firms.

Explore this page and find out if the Master of Professional Accounting (Advanced) is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Is it for you?

Are you seeking to advance your career in accounting? The Masters of Professional Accounting (Advanced) is designed for students who have qualifications in an area other than accounting, who wish to qualify for admittance to the professional accounting bodies and are looking at gaining a career edge by completing a specialisation in International Business or Applied Finance. The degree will equip you with knowledge of accounting concepts and theory and provide a pathway for a career in accounting, as well as a fundamental understanding of International Business or Applied Finance principles. Achieving the requirement of the Master of Professional Accounting (Advanced) means you meet the eligibility requirement for entry into CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia. 

The program focuses on developing fundamental skills in the  principles of accounting, whilst also developing knowledge in management accounting, taxation, auditing, finance and law. A specialisation in International Business or Applied Finance will equip graduates with business skills in a global context. This postgraduate qualification is the key to a successful career in accounting and it also provides admission into CPA and ICAA.

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Career Pathways

The Masters of Professional Accounting (Advanced) is the gateway to membership with CPA and ICAA, two internationally recognised professional qualifications. A thorough understanding of accounting principles and membership of internationally recognised professional accounting bodies make for a versatile and highly employable graduate. 

Knowledge, skills and confidence in accounting are important attributes of senior managers. Accounting skills are transferrable across all industries and are required for sound financial decision making. The insights you will gain as a graduate of the Master of Professional Accounting (Advanced) will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to seek employment in fields, globally in areas such as:

  • financial accounting
  • management accounting
  • taxation
  • auditing
  • superannuation
  • investment
  • financial advising
  • banking
  • stockbroking

The theory and accounting principles you have acquired through the Master of Professional Accounting will equip you for diverse real-world business situations. This knowledge will increase your value and see you fast-track to leadership and career advancement.

The program’s content focuses on accounting skills in a global context and these skills are transferrable to organisations of all sizes whether they are in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors,domestic or international, and arming you with high-level accounting skills and "know-how" to successfully manage business matters.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Master of Professional Accounting (MPAC), visit the ‘details’ tab.

Specialisations

Today, businesses require expertise in a range of accounting areas including preparation of financial statements, forecasting, taxation, auditing and management decision making. 

A Master of Professional Accounting (Advanced) through the University of Newcastle offers a strategically developed program that will enhance and enrich your knowledge of accounting.

Students will undertake studies in the following areas:

  • financial accounting
  • management accounting
  • accounting information systems
  • auditing and assurance
  • business finance
  • taxation law
  • economics
  • business decision making
  • business law
  • company law

Students who elect to specialise in International Business can elect to study from:

  • globalisation
  • managing human resources in international organisations
  • global business management
  • cross cultural management
  • international business strategy

Students who elect to specialise in Applied Finance can elect to study from:

  • investment analysis
  • applied portfolio management
  • derivatives and risk management
  • international financial management
  • individual financial planning

You will develop an advanced understanding and application of accounting, finance and the legal and legislative frameworks which must be adhered to. You will learn to understand and apply well-established accounting frameworks and skills which are transferable across many industries.

To find out more about where the Master of Professional Accounting (MPAC) can lead you, visit the 'careers' tab.

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