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Professional Accounting

Gain a globally recognised qualification.

Accounting is more than number crunching. Studying accounting with us can take you far beyond the office desk and computer screen – both during your studies and after graduation. With our practical internships and work experience opportunities, you will have direct access to Tasmanian industry during your studies, providing real world experience and building connections to help forge your future career.

If you don’t have a formal accounting qualification and want to break into the field, this is the perfect place to start. It’s also ideal for anyone who wants to upskill and meet professional accounting requirements.

Work Ready Program 

By choosing to study from our Launceston Campus, you'll be part of our Work Ready Program, designed to prepare you for success at university and in your future career.

The program combines your Master of Professional Accounting degree with a guaranteed corporate internship placement, regular mentoring, work experience, networking and training opportunities as well as financial support to help you settle in during your first year of study.

Learn more about the Work Ready Program >

Course Options

Master of Professional Accounting

2 years min, 5 years max
Hobart, Launceston or Online CRICOS 106830C

View course details Master of Professional Accounting

Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting

1 years min, 3 years max
Launceston or Online CRICOS 052939G

View course details Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting

Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting

0.5 years min, 2 years max
Launceston or Online CRICOS 048891G

View course details Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting

Gain hands-on experience with our Tax Clinic Internships, including interactive simulations for online students.

Get the job-ready skills employers are looking with our new Pathways to Accounting and Finance Career elective unit.

Accredited by AACSB International, the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.

Study options

Accounting for Sustainable Business

Accounting is changing, and accountants no longer simply complete mathematical equations. With companies rapidly required to report on environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance, peak bodies now call for accounting professionals with prowess beyond financial metrics. Graduating from our Sustainable Business specialisation, you’ll be positioned with a competitive advantage over traditional accounting graduates. Learn from the world leaders responsible for the University of Tasmania’s top global climate action rating and gain a unique perspective of the models behind our net-zero emissions state. Your sustainability focus embedded within core accounting skills will support your future career to assess, report, and advise on contemporary business, or carve out your own socially minded niche. Sustainable accountants work at the cutting-edge of wellbeing, compliance, and innovation, ensuring metrics stand up to appropriate rigor.

Financial Planning

No accountant works in a silo and understanding the jobs of your professional counterparts is increasingly preferred by employers. Accountants often work closely with financial planners with many firms including a financial planning arm. A specialisation in this area will place you at the nexus of financial planning and accounting, prepared to assist with long-term wealth management. Graduates of this specialisation can unlock new hybrid careers in financial planning firms or advance their accounting career by leveraging financial planning skill sets. To further distinguish your expertise, students with a financial planning specialisation receive a 50% credit towards our Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning.

Healthcare Accounting and Administration

Growing complexities in health care provision requires advanced knowledge of its layered economic components. The ongoing shift in funding and auditing models, along with technological innovation, makes the skills of a specialist accountants highly sought after in healthcare operational management. This specialisation positions students to capitalise on growth in healthcare finance and accounting roles as part of managing growing healthcare functions. With industry-embedded masterclasses with Australian healthcare accounting and finance professionals, this stream will prepare you to remain on the cutting-edge of practice. With a flexible pathway, you can enter the industry after graduation as a healthcare accountant or receive credit into a Master of Health Information Management or Master of Health Service Management and develop a career in management with accounting expertise.

Course breakdown


Master of Professional Accounting

200 credit points

  • Complete 10 compulsory units (12.5 credit points each)
  • Choose one of these units: 
    -CPA Ethics and Governance
    -Management Ethics
  • Choose one of these units:
    -CPA Contemporary Business Issues
    -Tax Clinic Internship
    -Strategic Management.


Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting

100 credit points

    Complete the following 8 core units (100 credit points).

  • Economics and Statistical Analysis
  • Introduction to Financial Management
  • Accounting Systems and Processes
  • The Accounting Framework
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Financial and Corporate Accounting
  • Management and Cost Accounting
  • Australian Tax Law


Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting

50 credit points

Complete the following 4 core units (50 credit points).

  • Economics and Statistical Analysis
  • Introduction to Financial Management
  • Accounting Systems and Processes
  • The Accounting Framework

Career outcomes

Anisha Shrestha – Master of Professional Accounting

“I think a career in accounting provides a challenging, rewarding, and versatile opportunities in the business environment. I had the most amazing faculty members who were very cooperative and helpful. I would definitely recommend the University of Tasmania.”

Postgraduate study leads to exceptional career outcomes. 100% of our postgraduate business and management students find full-time employment within 4 months of graduating and have an average salary of $125,000 (Source: 2023 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

*ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission projections to 2026.

Finance Managers


Financial Broker


Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers


Study Experiences

The power of networking in your accounting career

"Grab any opportunity that comes around that might stretch you and expand your skills".

Read Anne-Marie Martin's story, Work Ready Program, Ambassador of Industry

Work Ready Program

Start your career the right way, get the skills you need to stand out.

Our Work Ready Program will prepare you for success at university and in your chosen career. Whist studying a Master of Professional Accounting at our Launceston campus, you’ll be able to enjoy all the benefits and opportunities of the program.

For full details, visit the Work Ready Program

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses. You'll find the requirements on our individual course pages. These can be accessed from Course Options, which is located at the top of this page.

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you're not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition for Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.