Analyse complex accounting information and learn how to make sound economic decisions.


The Master of Professional Accounting will provide you with training in the technical aspects of the preparation of accounting data; develop your skills in the application of accounting information to solving problems and making decisions; and develop your knowledge and skills in related professional disciplines such as finance, taxation, auditing and management.

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Course description, features and facilities

This course provides an opportunity for graduates to obtain a qualification that is recognised by professional accounting bodies and the wider business community.

Accounting at UWA

  • UWA is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for Accounting (QS 2014)
  • UWA’s Master of Professional Accounting is accredited through the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, CPA Australia, and the Institute of Public Accountants
  • UWA’s Professor Ann Tarca is Chair of the Australian Accounting Standards Board’s Academic Advisory Panel
  • UWA’s Emeritus Professor Philip Brown has a scholarship named in his honour by the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand

UWA Business School
The UWA Business School is one of the premier business schools in the Asia-Pacific region. The School inspires and propels talented students from around the world to become the respected and innovative academic, community and business leaders of tomorrow.

We are one of only seven institutions in Australia to hold international accreditation from both EQUIS, the European Quality Improvement System and AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This ensures our degrees are recognised by employers worldwide, and guarantees the quality of our teaching, research and other operational areas.

Our major corporate partners include ATCO Australia, BHP Billiton, EY, Macquarie Capital, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Wesfarmers and Woodside. These industry links enable us to provide a richer education for our students, and ensure our programs are relevant and valuable to industry.

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Student profile – Jasmine Chan

The MPA is the perfect course for postgraduates wishing to specialise in the accounting industry. Apart from the fact that it provides for accreditation by three professional bodies upon completion, I like the emphasis on the practical aspects of accounting in the course. Elective units in the course give me flexibility in the disciplines I wish to explore, and provide a breadth of study to the course.

The lecturers at the UWA Business School are friendly and helpful. I’ve found them to be great sources of advice, even when it came to areas outside of the course. I’ve been thinking of undertaking some research after completion of the MPA, and I’ve received valuable advice from one of my lecturers on how best to prepare myself for it. It is such instances that make the UWA Business School more than just a place of study.

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Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Students who have not completed the Bachelor of Commerce, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty, must complete relevant conversion units up to the value of 24 points from this group, as advised by the Faculty:

S1, S2ACCT5432Introductory Financial Accounting
S1, S2ECON5541Economics for Business: Applications and Policy
S1, S2MGMT5504Data Analysis and Decision Making
S1, S2MGMT5610Applied Professional Business Communications

Take all units (54 points):

S1, S2ACCT5501Contemporary Issues in Accounting
S1, S2ACCT5511Intermediate Corporate Financial Accounting
S1, S2ACCT5522Principles of Auditing
S1, S2ACCT5531Financial Accounting: Theory and Practice
S1, S2ACCT5633Accounting for Planning and Control
S1ACCT5637Principles of Taxation
S1, S2FINA5432Introduction to Finance
S2LAWS5508Commercial and Company Law
S1, S2MGMT5506Ethics and Sustainability Management

Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:

S1, S2ACCT4440Management Accounting: Issues and Perspectives
S1, S2ACCT5521Advanced Corporate Financial Accounting
NS, S1, S2BUSN5505Professional Development Practicum
S1, S2FINA5523Financial Statement Analysis and Business Valuation

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Professional recognition

This course satisfies the accreditation requirements of the following professional accounting associations: the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants (CPA Australia), Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). Graduates are eligible to enter the membership programs of these organisations.

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Career opportunities

This degree will lead to a range of careers in the fields of: Accounting, Financial Control, Consulting, Auditing, tax-related services and many others.

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Further study opportunities

Master of Business Administration (MBA) after a minimum 2 years' relevant work experience.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Admission Requirements
  2. English competency

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree1, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(i) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent; or

(ii) a valid Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of at least 5502; or

(iii) at least five years of relevant, documented professional experience considered by UWA to be sufficient to permit satisfactory completion of the course; 


(b)(i) a UWA graduate certificate which articulates with this course; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent; 


(c)(i) a Graduate Certificate in Business, or an equivalent qualification from an accredited course, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 70 per cent.

1Applicants who have a bachelor's degree with a major in Accounting, or an equivalent qualification, are not eligible for admission.

2GMAT scores are valid for five years.

English competency

See the full list of English language requirements.

Please note: Requirements may be higher for some individual courses, where this is the case the additional requirements will be specified.

These pages are under review and are being updated.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Fees
  3. Contact us

How to apply

Apply online. Refer below for application dates an access to the Online Application System (OASys).


Refer to the Fee Calculator for up to date course and unit costs.

Contact us

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Crawley, Perth
Western Australia 6009
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Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 5pm (Western Standard Time)

Note: We can help with application-related enquiries. If you need further course-specific information, you may wish to contact the relevant Faculty or School.

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Master of Professional Accounting - Coursework: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
The estimated time commitment is 12 hours per unit which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations.
Standard full-time completion
1.5 - 2 years
Maximum time to complete
5 years
Contact details: course information
UWA Business School Student Centre
M254, 35 Stirling Hwy Crawley WA 6009
6488 2780
Course code
063104D, 083274J
Additional information