Courses & Units

Course rules for C7D Master of Professional Accounting (Specialisation)

The term specialisation will be replaced on the testamur with the appropriate discipline specialisation and the abbreviation will be dependent on the specialisation chosen (see point 12 for further explanation)


1 Candidates for the Master of Professional Accounting (Specialisation) shall be qualified for entry if they have:
- The equivalent of an undergraduate degree or a Masters degree in a non-accounting discipline (international applications are subject to assessment for equivalency);
- A 4 unit Graduate Certificate in Business Studies from the University of Tasmania or equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution.

International students must provide one of the following: UTASAccess Level 7 with a minimum overall score of 60% and no individual skill below 60%; or an IELTS score with an overall Band of 6 and no band less than 6; or a TOEFL (iBT) overall score of 72 (no individual skill must be lower than: Reading 16; Listening 16; Speaking 18; and, Writing 22) or a PTE Academic overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50, or provide evidence that you have studied for 2 years full-time with English as the sole medium of instruction and examination. These tests must not be more than 24 months old.

2 Candidates for the MPAS shall complete the requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than four semesters of equivalent full time study and not more than ten semesters of equivalent full time study from the time of first enrolment.

Course structure

3 To qualify for the MPAS the candidate shall pass the 12 units contained in Schedule A
plus four units from a selected area of specialisation, as outlined in Schedule B.

4 The units that may be included in a course for the MPAS shall, unless otherwise approved by the Dean, be in accordance with Schedule A and B.

5 Units may be counted towards the MPAS only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics and as summarised in Schedule A and B.

6 A candidate normally may not enrol in any semester in units totalling more than 50% (four 12.5% units) weighting. This applies to all candidates including those in full-time employment during any given year.

7 Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the degree.

8 In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the Dean in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 3.

Credit for previous studies

9 Passes in completed subjects or units in other courses in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the degree, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the MPAS.


10 The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedules to these specifications.

11 These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2017 and shall apply to all candidates for the degree, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently and to any candidates who, having commenced their studies for the Master of Professional Accounting (Specialisation) prior to that date, have not passed in any units towards these degrees by that date.

12 Candidates who have passed in appropriate units towards the Master of Professional Accounting (Specialisation) under the specifications in force prior to 1 January 2017 will be entitled to transfer to the Master of Professional Accounting (Specialisation) with full equivalent credit, or to graduate in accordance with those degree specifications operating at the time of their admission to candidature.

13 Should any difficulty arise for a candidate previously enrolled because of any difference between course requirements (such as required majors) and units offered under these specifications and those previously in force, the Faculty shall ensure that the candidate is not materially disadvantaged by these specifications.

14 The approved abbreviation for the degree of Master of Professional Accounting (Specialisation) shall be MPAS.