B6011 - Master of Professional Accounting - 2017

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2017 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Business and Economics.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title




Managing faculty

Business and Economics

Admission and fees


Course progression map

B6011 (pdf)

Course type

Master by coursework

Standard duration

2 years FT, 4 years PT

Students have a maximum of 6 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

On-campus (Caulfield)


Master of Professional Accounting

Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate in Business

Graduate Diploma in Business

Refer to 'Alternative exits' entry below for further requirements and details.


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 Institute of Public Accountants in Australia, or entry into the Chartered Accountants' Program of The Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia. Students in this course have the opportunity to develop their practical and theoretical knowledge and skills in accounting and related business areas to a master's level.

Double degrees

The Master of Professional Accounting can be taken in combination with the following course:

  • Master of Business Law


These course outcomes are aligned the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will:

  1. be critical and creative scholars who:
    • produce innovative solutions to problems
    • apply research skills to business challenges
    • communicate effectively and perceptively
  2. be responsible and effective global citizens who:
    • engage in an internationalised world
    • exhibit cross-cultural competence
    • demonstrate ethical values
  3. 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
  4. demonstrate a mastery of professional accounting and be able to apply both theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in applied accounting situations.


The course is structured in three parts: Part A. Advanced preparatory studies, Part B. Mastery knowledge and Part C. Application studies. All students complete Parts A, B and C.

Part A. Advanced preparatory studies

These units will equip you with business foundation skills and knowledge, examining accounting, law, economics and statistics. These units allow you to consolidate foundation knowledge for further professional accounting studies.

Part B. Mastery knowledge

These units will develop your capacity as a critical accounting professional able to apply your knowledge of a specialisation to provide discipline-based solutions to professional accounting environments.

Part C. Application studies

The focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to a portfolio of professional development and give you the skills to practice effectively as an accountant.


The course comprises 96 points structured into three parts: Part A. Advanced preparatory studies (24 points), Part B. Mastery knowledge (60 points) and Part C. Application studies (12 points).

The course progression mapcourse progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2017handbooks/maps/map-b6011.pdf) will assist you to plan to meet the course requirements, and guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Units are 6 points unless otherwise indicated.

Part A. Advanced preparatory studies (24 points)

Students complete:

Part B. Mastery knowledge (60 points)

Students complete:

a. Nine units (54 points):

b. A capstone experience, being one unit (6 point minimum) from the following:

  • ACF5510 Integrated accounting
  • ACX5951 International study program in accounting
  • BEX5001 Industry and community project
  • BEX5012 Industry based learning project (12 points)*

* As this is a 12-point unit, students who choose it for their capstone experience will only need to complete one unit (6 points) for Part C.

Part C. Application studies (12 points)

Students complete two units (12 points) of elective units at either level 4 or 5 from the Faculty of Business and Economics or across the University so long as you have the prerequisites and there are no restrictions on admission to the units.

Students are recommended to complete electives from the following list:

  • ACF5080 Business accounting: Strategic issues
  • ACF5120 Forensic accounting and fraud examination
  • ACF5130 Financial statement analysis and business valuation
  • ACF5150 Financial reporting issues
  • ACF5330 Integrated systems for business enterprises
  • ACX5951 International study program in accounting

Units can also be identified using the browse unitsbrowse units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/units/search) tool and indexes of unitsindexes of units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/units/) in the current edition of the Handbook. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code. You may need permission from the owning faculty to enrol in some units taught by other faculties.

Alternative exits

Students may exit this course early and apply to graduate with one of the following awards, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award during their enrolment in the master's course:

  • Graduate Certificate in Business after successful completion of 24 credit points of study with a minimum of 18 credit points at level 4 or above
  • Graduate Diploma in Business after successful completion of 48 credit points of study with a minimum of 36 credit points at level 4 or above.