Master of Professional Accounting

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Overview

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 is a qualification which equips graduates with the knowledge and skills to succeed in accounting and aid career progression to senior management level.

The Master of Professional Accounting through the University of Newcastle is for people with an educational background other than accounting and seeking entry into the professional accounting bodies’ membership program. The program has a focus on the understanding of the fundamentals of accounting as well finance, taxation and auditing. The skills are not only prerequisites for a career in accounting but highly transferable in the banking and finance industry.

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

Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary
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Number of Courses
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Program Code

11702

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Number of Courses
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CRICOS

059999E

Program Code

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Is It For You?

Are you seeking a fulfilling and rewarding career in accounting? The Masters of Professional Accounting is designed for students who have qualifications in an area other than accounting and will equip you with knowledge of accounting concepts and theory, and provide a pathway for a career in accounting. Achieving the requirements of the Master of Professional Accounting means you meet the eligibility requirement for entry into CPA Australia and the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. 

The Masters of Professional Accounting focuses on developing fundamental skills in the  principles of accounting, whilst also developing knowledge in management accounting, taxation, auditing, finance and law. This postgraduate qualification is the key to a successful career in accounting or can provide a solid understanding of  business  principles which can be applied to various related industries such as banking and management consulting.

Career Opportunities

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

Knowledge, skills and confidence in accounting are important attributes of any 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 will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to seek employment in fields including:

  • financial and 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  and these skills are transferrable to organisations of all sizes,  whether they are in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors, and arming you with high-level accounting skills and "know-how" to successfully manage business matters.

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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 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 qualifications Seven (including 2 in a management position)

 

Don’t have the required entry criteria for the Master of Professional Accounting? You may be eligible for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting. The Graduate Certificate is 4 courses and is a pathway into the Master. Once you have completed the Graduate Certificate you can apply for the Master of Professional Accounting and seek credit for the 4 courses you have already completed. 

For information regarding the Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting, please visit the program page.

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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Courses and Details

Program Code 11702
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Sydney Elizabeth Street
CRICOS Code 059999E
Contributing Schools and Faculties
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Program Award Rules and Schedules
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Description

The Master of Professional Accounting program is designed for students with a degree in a field other than accounting who wish to obtain a sound introduction to accounting concepts and procedures.  The program will encompass studies in financial and management accounting, finance, taxation, business law and auditing.

Admission Requirements

Entry into the Master of Professional Accounting will be through two pathways.

Direct entry into the Masters Programs (120 units) will be available for applicants who have:

  • 3 year Bachelors Degree in the discipline; or
  • 3 year Bachelors Degree not in the discipline + 1 year relevant business experience; or
  • At least 7 years business experience, including 2 years in a management position.

Students entering via this pathway are able to complete 4 courses per trimester, and are able to complete courses in any sequence they wish, that is consistent with course requisites.  Applicants with an Honours degree in the discipline area or equivalent relevant qualifications at level 8 or above will be given appropriate recognition of prior learning.

Entry into the Graduate Certificate (40 units) will be available for applicants who have:

  • 3 year Bachelors Degree not in the discipline; or
  • 3 year Diploma in the discipline; or
  • 3 year Diploma not in the discipline + 1 year relevant business experience; or
  • 2 year Diploma in the discipline + 2 years relevant business experience; or
  • 2 year Diploma not in the discipline + 3 years relevant business experience; or
  • At least 5 years business experience.

Students entering via this pathway will be required to:

  • Complete the Graduate Certificate over a minimum of two trimesters (typically 20 units per trimester); and
  • Successfully complete a Business Academic Skills Program (BASP) which will be of 6 weeks duration.  The BASP will be non-fee based and can be completed concurrently with courses in the Graduate Certificate.

Only after the successful completion of the Graduate Certificate and the academic skills program will students be eligible to formally enrol in the Masters Program. They will, however, receive 40 units credit by virtue of the studies they will have already completed.  Therefore they will be required to do an additional 80 units to complete their Masters Degree

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438

Requirements and Structure

The Master of Professional Accounting requires 120 units, gained through the completion of twelve courses worth 10 units each. Students are required to complete all twelve courses from the core courses.

Grading of Degree

A Master degree shall be conferred as an Ordinary Degree, except that, in cases where a candidate has achieved a Grade Point Average of 6.0 or above, the degree will be conferred ‘With Distinction’.

Course Information

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

Code Name Availability Units
INFT6500 Accounting Information Systems Semester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
10 units
PACC6000 Financial Accounting 1 Semester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
10 units
PACC6001 Management Accounting Semester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
10 units
PACC6002 Auditing and Assurance Services Semester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
10 units
PACC6003 Business Finance Semester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
10 units
PACC6004 Financial Accounting 2 Semester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
10 units
PACC6005 Financial Accounting 3 Semester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
10 units
PACC6006 Taxation Law Semester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
10 units
PACC6007 Economics Semester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
10 units
PACC6008 Business Decision Making Semester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
10 units
PACC6009 Business Law Semester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
10 units
PACC6010 Company Law Semester 1 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
10 units

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Professional Accreditation

The program is structured to satisfy the Guidelines for Joint Accreditation of Tertiary Courses by the Professional Accounting Bodies issued jointly by CPA Australia and The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA), and the Core Curriculum Areas issued by the ICAA.

Graduation from an accredited accounting program facilitates initial entry to Associate membership of CPA Australia and (subject to employment and supervision requirements) eligibility for enrolment in the ICAA’s CA Program.

Students completing the program will meet the academic requirements for Associate membership of CPA Australia and enrolment in the CPA Program, and for enrolment in the Chartered Accountants Program of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.

International Students will be supported by the University and Newcastle Business School’s current support mechanisms.

Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

Students with a disability or chronic illness will have their needs met by the NBS in liaison with the Student Suppport Unit. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students will draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Higher Education Centre, Umuliko.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

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