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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Business and Economics

Managing facultyBusiness and Economics
Abbreviated titleMProfAcc
CRICOS code061311B
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Graduate Student Office

Telephone: +61 3 9903 1400

Fax: +61 3 9903 1357


Course coordinator

Dr Michaela Rankin


This course is designed for students who wish to meet the academic requirements for admission as an associate member of both CPA Australia and the National Institute of Accountants or entry into the Chartered Accountants Program of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. It provides both practical and theoretical knowledge and skills in accounting and related business areas.


The Master of Professional Accounting aims to produce graduates who will:

(a.) be critical and creative scholars who:

  • produce innovative solutions to problems
  • apply research skills to business challenges
  • communicate effectively and perceptively

(b.) be responsible and effective global citizens who:

  • engage in an internationalised world
  • exhibit cross cultural competence
  • demonstrate ethical values

(c.) have a comprehensive understanding of their discipline and be able to provide discipline based solutions relevant to the business, professional and public policy communities we serve

(d.) have knowledge to masters level in accounting.

Credit for prior studies

Students may be eligible for credit to a maximum of 50 per cent of course requirements for previous graduate level studies. Credits or exemptions will not be granted for undergraduate qualifications.

Maximum credit allowed

36 credit points

Professional recognition

This degree is recognised by the following professional bodies for admission to:

  • Associate membership of CPA Australia
  • Associate membership of the National Institute of Accountants
  • Chartered Financial Analysts Institute
  • the Chartered Accountants Program of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia

Professional recognition may be dependent upon the correct choice of units.

Details of educational requirements for professional recognition can be found at


This course comprises seven compulsory units and five electives.


Students must complete:

(a.) seven units (42 points) as follows:

  • AFX9500 Introductory accounting
  • AFX9530 Financial accounting
  • AFX9540 Business finance
  • AFX9550 Management accounting
  • AFX9560 Advanced financial accounting
  • BTX9500 Business and corporations law
  • GSB9001 Personal development - critical thinking and communication

(b.) two units (12 points) from the following list:*

(c.) a further three graduate-level units (18 points) from the remaining units listed in (b.) or from units offered by any department in the Faculty of Business and Economics.

* Note: Students seeking associate membership of or the National Institute of Accountants must include all units listed in (b.).

** Note: Students seeking admission to the Chartered Accountants Program of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia must include these units.

*** Note: Students seeking associate membership of CPA Australia must include these units.

Progression to further studies

Students who successfully complete the Master of Professional Accounting, with at least a credit average, may be eligible for admission to 0503 Master of Business (Accounting).

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit the Master of Professional Accounting early may apply to graduate with one of the following, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award:

  • Graduate Certificate in Business after successful completion of 24 points of study
  • Graduate Diploma in Accounting after successful completion of 48 points of study.


Master of Professional Accounting