University of the Sunshine Coast

Master of Professional Accounting (MPA)

University of the Sunshine Coast

Course details

CRICOS course code: 059557J

Level of study: Postgraduate


Open the door to senior management.

A major benefit of this program at USC is that you become eligible for associate membership of three accounting professional bodies:

CPA Australia

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

The Institute of Public Accountants

The MPA opens many doors for you to work in senior management roles and build yourself a top-notch career. You will qualify to work in roles such as Chief Financial Officer, Senior Business Strategist, a Chartered Accountant, or as a key professional in the fast-growing wealth management sector.

This program covers the latest business and accounting issues. It’s a comprehensive program that delivers accounting fundamentals, informatics, managerial finance, financial reporting, corporate reporting, issues in auditing practice, tax law and practice, the principles of economics and commercial law, and a research project.

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Master of Professional Accounting program will meet the educational requirements for admission as an associate member of CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and the Institute of Public Accountants. To gain full membership, graduates must complete the requirements of the chosen professional body’s qualification program. It is the responsibility of the student to confirm with the three Australian accounting bodies (CPA, CAA&NZ and IPA) whether any credit granted will impact on their eligibility for professional association membership.

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Course opportunities

Tuition Fees (AUD $): 27,400 Per Year Read moreEstimated Total Tuition Fee: 54,800
Start date: Expected February 2021
Expected July 2021
Duration: 2 years
Study mode: Full time

USC SouthBank

Ground floor, Building A4 (SW1)
52 Merivale Street Brisbane Queensland 4101

Entry criteria

Entry to the Master of Professional Accounting program will normally require:

  • Completion of a recognised Bachelor degree or equivalent
  • Students who have completed a Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) or equivalent in the same discipline may be eligible to receive credit of up to 48 units (4 courses)

IELTS (Academic) - Overall score of 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each subtest; TOEFL: Internet-based - Overall score of 85 with minimum score of 21 for writing; TOEFL: Paper-based - Overall score of 575 with minimum essay score of 4; Pearson Test of English - Overall score of 58 with no sub score less than 50; CAE/CPE (results after Jan 2015) - Overall score of 177 or above with no less than 169 in each skill; ISLPR (IIAA accredited)- (previously ASLPR) - 3 in all four skill areas; USC's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 2 - Successful completion; USC's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 3 - Successful completion.


University of the Sunshine Coast
90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sunshine Coast Queensland 4556