Overview

Master of Professional Accounting / Master of Business Administration

Are you passionate about accounting and want a strong foundation in business? To extend your business capabilities as well as obtain specialised accounting knowledge, the combined Master’s program in Professional Accounting and Business Administration is the program for you.

A combined Masters will set you apart in the increasingly competitive global labour market. In order to reach senior management positions, a high level of technical expertise and broad organisational understanding is required. The combined Master’s program in Professional Accounting and Business Administration aims to equip graduates with the technical expertise to work in the rigorous world of accounting as well as an extended understanding in the whole of business practice, providing the knowledge required to excel in senior management.

A combined Master of Professional Accounting (MPAC)/ Master of Business Administration (MBA) through the University of Newcastle has been designed for professionals aiming to further expand their career opportunities, readying themselves for senior management positions. With a focus on high level management capabilities as well as developing technical expertise and eligibility for the professional accounting bodies, the combined the MPAC/MBA arms  you with the high-level skills and "know-how" to succeed in accounting or senior management roles. These skills are transferrable to organizations of all sizes in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors.

Explore this page and find out if the MPAC/ MBA is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Is it for you?

Are you seeking a fulfilling and rewarding career in accounting and are working up the corporate ladder? In the dynamic world of professional accounting and business, employers are looking for highly qualified candidates with demonstrated high level financial analysis. A combined master’s degree in professional accounting and business administration will demonstrate your ability and dedication, as well as increasing your employability in professional management positions across many areas of business, particularly accounting. The advantage of undertaking a combined Masters is you will achieve two qualifications in less time to complete them separately.

The combined MPAC/ MBA focuses on building accounting knowledge to be eligible for admission to the professional accounting bodies as well as furthering understanding of broader business functions including marketing, organization design, project management, strategic management and finance. This postgraduate qualification can be the key to your future career success or can provide you with the know how to leverage your business to new heights.

With a strategically based focus on meeting the requirements for admission into the professional accounting bodies as well as developing business management capabilities the combined MPAC/ MBA will leverage your career potential.

Upon graduation you will be eligible to join the CPA and the ICA as well as having developed a comprehensive understanding of extended business functions. This program provides students with the opportunity to develop practical skills by applying their knowledge to real-world problems. This postgraduate qualification will improve your career potential, while providing you with the flexibility to study at a pace that suits the demands of your life.

To find out more about what you will study, visit the 'study' tab.

Career Pathways

Studying a combined Masters will open opportunities in a wide variety of industries with organisations looking to tap into your wealth of knowledge and expertise in a number of areas.

A qualification that provides professional accounting credentials and develops management skills in a variety of business functions will be highly relevant to organisations of all sizes in the public, private or not-for-profit sector.

The program content focuses on developing an understanding of accounting and is accredited by the  Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA) and  CPA Australia, preparing graduates for challenging but highly rewarding careers in financial services and accounting. The program also develops a deeper understanding of developing and implementing business strategy and various business functions, which means graduates can pursue their career ambitions and increase their earning potential.

The MPAC/MBA qualification will equip you will the skills and knowledge to approach management problems with confidence and conviction leading to highly rewarding careers in senior management.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the MPAC/MBA, visit the ‘details’ tab.

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

Admission to the Master of Professional Accounting/Master of Business Administration program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination or education and/or work experience.

The table below outlines the number of years experience required, depending on your previous educational qualifications.

 

Educational Qualification Number of years relevant industry experience
3 Year Bachelors (in a related field of study) Zero
3 Year Bachelors (in a non-related field of study) One
No previous educational qualifications Seven (including 2 in a management position)


If you would like your professional qualifications and/or work experience to be considered, please provide certified copies of all relevant qualifications, a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.


Applicants should also provide a statement detailing how your professional experience prepares you to undertake postgraduate study.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications for recognition of prior learning based on experience and professional development will be assessed by the program convenor. The information outlined above is indicative only.

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID.  You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency”.

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