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Professional Accounting

Gain a globally recognised qualification.

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

Accounting isn’t just number crunching. It’s about consultation and helping a business make sound financial decisions. Our highly qualified industry experts will prepare you for accounting roles all over the world.

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/Master of Professional Accounting (Specialisation) 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 here >

Course Options

Master of Professional Accounting

1.5 years min, 4 years max
Hobart, Launceston or Distance CRICOS 048893F

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Master of Professional Accounting (Specialisation)

2 years min, 5 years max
Hobart, Launceston or Distance CRICOS 048894E

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Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting

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

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Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting

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

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Get a globally recognised qualification and expand your career opportunities.

Upskill or specialise in accounting for professional recognition.

Be taught by industry experts who are international leaders in their field.

Study options

Advanced Accounting

Take your accounting skills to the next level. This specialisation is ideal for students who intend to take their CPA exams after building some work experience, rather than completing them as part of their degree.

Available in Launceston (semester 1 intake only) and via Distance.

Business Management

Diversify your skillset with additional business management topics including entrepreneurship, sales, and people management.

Available in Launceston (semester 1 intake only), Hobart and via distance.

Marketing

Complement your accounting skills with a range of topics including sales, digital marketing, and business-to-business marketing.

Available in Hobart and via Distance.

CPA Extension

Complete your master’s degree alongside the CPA Program and get a competitive advantage over your peers.

Available in Hobart.

Course breakdown

1

Master of Professional Accounting

150 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.

2

Master of Professional Accounting (Specialisation)

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
  • You will complete one specialisation consisting of 4 units (50 credit points):
    - Advanced Accounting
    - Business Management
    - CPA Extension
    - Marketing

*You should select CPA Ethics and Governance and CPA Contemporary Business Issues if you are intending to go on to do the CPA Extension specialisation of the C7D Master of Professional Accounting

3

Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma

50 - 100 credit points

Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting

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

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

Or

Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting

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

Career outlook

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. 90% of our postgraduate business and management students find full-time employment within 4 months of graduating and have an average salary of $100,000 (Source: 2018 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

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/Master of Professional Accounting (Specialisation) at our Launceston campus, you’ll be able to enjoy all the benefits and opportunities of the program.

Program features include:

Corporate Internship 
Get a guaranteed place in our Corporate Internship Program. Not only will you gain a competitive advantage for employment, you’ll also achieve credit towards your degree.
Public speaking and English language support
Our regular, drop-in English sessions are a great way to improve your language skills and make friends. Use our public speaking club linkages to develop skills and make community contacts.
Ambassador of Industry and Academic Mentor
Our Ambassador for Industry will facilitate networking opportunities and help you form connections. Stay on track with your studies, with one-on-one sessions with your Academic Mentor at least twice per semester.
Financial support
To help you settle into life in Launceston during your first year of study, you’ll receive $3,000 (split over each semester after census date in $1,500 instalments).
Volunteer work experience
Build your networks and work experience by volunteering in social enterprises. This feature is ideal for those wanting to gain Australian workplace experience.
Training and workshops
Choose to do some vocational training, such as barista or Responsible Serving of Alcohol, to help you secure casual work during your studies. You can also sharpen your computer and interview skills.

The Work Ready Program is available to all full-time, commencing students for the Master of Professional Accounting/Master of Professional Accounting (Specialisation) in Launceston, 2021. If eligible, you will automatically join the Work Ready Program. For more information or enquires, contact the Academic Program Coordinator, John Streeter.

Read full terms and conditions here.

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses and are available on each individual course page, which you can access from Course Options. 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.