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Professional and Practising Accounting

Master of

Code: HEBSMPPA Cricos: 083132A
Our courses are being delivered online
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In response to the current coronavirus restrictions, Melbourne Polytechnic is transitioning its more than 240 courses to remote and flexible learning. This means students will not be required on campus at this stage unless notified by their teacher.

Overview

Campus

Preston

Campus

Preston

Duration

2 years full time

Duration

2 years full time

Requirements

Successful completion of any undergraduate degree.

Requirements

Successful completion of any undergraduate degree. Academic IELTS 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0.

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

A degree you can count on

Melbourne Polytechnic’s firm grasp on corporate, national and global business environments can set you on the path towards an impressive career in business. Our Master of Professional and Practising Accounting can help you stand out in a competitive industry that’s worth over $20 billion.

Become business-minded in a growing industry

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Master of Professional and Practising Accounting will help you develop the multidisciplinary skills necessary to work at a managerial level in the financial industry. You’ll learn to identify trends and propose corporate adaptations that ensure financial and operational viability. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Master of Professional and Practising accounting is accredited by CPA Australia and by CAANZ, offering a broader scope of professional pathways for both those with an existing accounting degree and those from non-academic backgrounds. Melbourne Polytechnic teaching staff include Certified Practicing Accountants (CPAs) and registered tax agents. A Master’s degree in Accounting with this focus is a rare and highly sought after qualification.

Explore a balanced career with many pathways

As a graduate of Melbourne Polytechnic’s Master of Professional and Practising Accounting, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to explore a variety of different career opportunities. You will be eligible to apply for admission into CPA Australia and CAANZ professional programs. You may find employment as a public practice accountant, a management accountant, a professional consultant, a financial accountant, a senior accountant or a business analyst.

Exit Points

You’re able to exit the course with a Graduate Diploma of Professional and Practising Accounting after completing EIGHT subjects. You can thenchoose to complete the Master’s degree later. However, there is a ten year period within which credits are eligible to be transferred. Credit cannot be transferred from studies completed more than ten years from the commencement of the Master’s program.

Further Studies

As an MPPA graduate, you are eligible to apply for admission as an associate member of CPA Australia. You are also eligible to apply for admission into the professional programs of CPA Australia and CAANZ. As we have mentioned, the MPPA is accredited by both professional bodies.

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Designed for progressive, hardworking, business-minded graduates and for those wanting to excel in the professional accounting field, the MPPA offers a plethora of employment opportunities, in any corner of the globe! The MPPA is ideal for those from a non-academic background who require a pathway into the professional bodies, CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ). It also provides higher-level studies for those with an accounting degree.

Melbourne Polytechnic’s MPPA is accredited by CPA Australia and by CAANZ.

Exit Points

You’re able to exit the course after one year with a Graduate Diploma of Professional and Practising Accounting, then choose to complete the Master later.

Further Studies

As an MPPA graduate, you are eligible to apply for admission as an associate member of CPA Australia. You are also eligible to apply for admission into the professional programs of CPA Australia and CAANZ. As we have mentioned, the MPPA is accredited by both professional bodies.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

As a graduate of Melbourne Polytechnic’s Master of Professional and Practising Accounting, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to explore a variety of different career opportunities.
  • Management Accountant
  • Financial Consultant
  • Business Consultant
  • Business Analyst
  • Public Practice Accountant
  • Senior Accountant
  • Consultant
  • Financial Accountant

Pathways

You can apply for entry into the professional programs of CPA Australia and CAANZ. You will be across research principles and methods appropriate to professional and practising accounting and professional scholarship

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Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Blended
  • Face-to-face

Assessment Methods

Assessment consists of a mixture of case study reports, research reports, presentations, tests and examinations. The assessment recognises the advanced level of the studies in this course.

Units of Study

Credit points are a basic measure of student workload. All subjects are given a credit point value. Most subjects at Melbourne Polytechnic are 12 credit points. A normal full-time annual workload is 96 credit points. The academic year is divided into two main semesters; full-time students usually enrol in 48 credit points each semester, part-time students usually enrol in 24 credit points each semester or less.

Code Subject Elective Description Year Semester
MPA601 ACCOUNTING FOR MANAGERS Core Introduces you to the key concepts of accounting and management decision making, providing you with knowledge and skills to be a preparer and informed user of financial accounting, information for decision making in the business context. The subject will develop the understanding of accounting concepts, accounting reports, performance evaluation and management and introductory budgeting and planning in order to make effective management decisions 1 1
MPA602 INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR MANAGERS Core This core subject enables graduates to contextualise use of Management Information Systems (MIS) tools and techniques, to model the use of data as information and knowledge, to value the nature and limitations of technology enablers, to map MIS capabilities to corporate functional requirements, and to manage the dynamic nature of MIS through evolving trends. 1 1
MPA603 ECONOMICS FOR MANAGERS Core Graduates will receive a comprehensive understanding of the Australian economy within the greater context of the global economy with the prescribed core subject, Economics for Managers. Students benefit from a holistic approach to the study of micro- and macroeconomic principles, models and policies. Students explore various microeconomic theories, models and policies, their effect on the private and public sectors and a range of global economic factors that impact the Australian economy. 1 1
MPA604 COMMERCIAL LAW Core This subject equips graduates to comprehend the legislation and statutes applicable to companies and other forms of business entities, from contemporary, historical and social perspectives. A key focus is sustainable development and its translation into governance practises. 1 1
MPA702 BUSINESS RESEARCH METHODS Core A prescribed subject providing students with the theoretical and analytical tools essential to qualitative and quantitative research. Students acquire information, knowledge and skills required for effective decision-making in a corporate managerial context. 1 2
MPA703 MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING Core A prescribed subject equipping graduates with knowledge in cost and management accounting theory, and concepts and standards. 1 2
MPA704 CORPORATE ACCOUNTING Core A subject providing an introduction to corporate accounting, including Australian and international regulatory frameworks. 1 2
MPA701 CORPORATIONS LAW Core A subject exploring the legislation and statutes applicable to companies, from contemporary, historical and social perspectives. 1 2
MPA802 TAXATION LAW AND PRACTICE Core A subject providing a legal framework for studies in accounting, providing knowledge essential to informed decisions in areas of taxation law and to compliance issues that impact business and individuals. 2 1
MPA803 AUDIT THEORY AND ASSURANCE Core Audit Theory and Assurance subjects will enable graduates to understand the concepts of auditing theory and assurance, and to integrate those concepts with practical applications. 2 1
MPA801 CAPITAL MARKETS AND FINANCE Core This subject explores best practice approaches to obtaining and using corporate funds to achieve long-term corporate goals, including application and analysis of techniques to maximise corporate objectives. 2 1
MPA804 ACCOUNTING THEORY Core This unit will enable graduates to understand and evaluate financial reporting. 2 1
MPA901 ETHICS AND GOVERNANCE Core This prescribed unit of study enables graduates to understand the role of contemporary management accounting in creative and enhancing value for shareholders. 2 2
MPA903 ADVANCED CORPORATE REPORTING Core This unit of study focuses on the practical and theoretical aspects of the regulatory requirement of public companies incorporated under the Australian Corporations Act 2001. It enables students to gain advanced understanding of topics in financial reporting. It is also the final test of competence in the field of financial reporting. 2 2
MPA902 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING Core Strategic Management Accounting enables graduates to understand the role of contemporary management accounting in creating and enhancing value for shareholders. 2 2
MPA904 GLOBAL BUSINESS CONTEXT Core A unit of study providing students with the politico-economic, financial and regulatory appreciation essential to successful management of a global business. 2 2

Fees & Costs

Per year $17000
Per semester $8500
Per year $19600
Per semester $9800

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Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2019. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

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Requirements

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

Applicants are not admitted under this category.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Applicants are not admitted under this category.

Applicants with higher education

An undergraduate degree in any field. Those with an undergraduate degree in accounting will be eligible to apply for some credit transfer.

Applicants with work and life experience

Relevant industry or life experience with suitable business experience. For example professional engagement in industry as a management executive.


Academic: AQF (Australian) Bachelor degree or overseas equivalent. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in any field. Those with an undergraduate degree in accounting will be eligible to apply for some credit transfer.
English: Academic IELTS 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0, Pearson PTE Academic 58 overall with no individual communicative skill below 50, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.

Next Steps

Melbourne Polytechnic is committed to providing transparency to the admissions process. In line with this commitment, we provide you with information that will help in making informed choices about your future studies.

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Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

You may also be required to attend an interview to discuss your career plans, aptitude and understanding of your chosen course of study and the requirements of tertiary study. (This may be conducted face-to-face or by through a video conference call using Skype or other application).

During your interview, you may be asked to provide:

  • Your CV outlining your relevant work and life skills and experience
  • Any letters of reference from employers
  • Documents relating to prior study including course transcripts and subject outlines from other Higher Education Providers if you wish to apply for credit

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