Master of Professional Accounting

Broaden your career options and build on your accounting skills with a Master of Professional Accounting.

Learn how to apply advanced accounting principles and demonstrate the impact of business decisions on the bottom line. Upon completion, you’ll graduate with an nationally recognised Swinburne University qualification.

This online course will open new doors in the finance field for you as a professional accountant while allowing you to study where and when it suits you.

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Swinburne (RTO 3059)
Career Opportunities

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.
Recognised by CPA Australia.


A business bachelor degree (excluding accounting)



Course length
Set your own timetable & finish the course within 2 years (minimum)
Study mode



Study from anywhere, when it suits you best and graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.


Study part of the course online. Combine your online learning with classes or practical sessions on-campus at a college or university.


Attend classes on-campus at a university, TAFE or college and interact face-to-face with teachers and fellow students.

Exams, assignments, essays, case studies, group work & reports
Start date

3 start dates per year.

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Swinburne (RTO 3059)

This Swinburne University of Technology qualification is delivered by Swinburne Online.

As a Swinburne Online student you'll graduate with a nationally recognised Swinburne University qualification, and have the flexibility of studying online when it suits you.

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  • Completion of a recognised undergraduate business degree (excluding accounting)

If you do not meet the entry criteria you may be eligible for entry by completing the Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting. 

What you'll learn

Become trained in:

  • The principles of accounting
  • Business analysis
  • Taxation laws
  • Corporate finance management
  • Financial reporting
  • Management accounting
  • Accounting theories

Course structure

12 units


  1. Accounting principles

    To enhance student's ability to develop a sound understanding of the main accounting reports that are the output from accounting systems. To provide students with the skills and techniques to analyse and interpret accounting information together with the expertise to recognise and select financial information relevant to particular business and financial decisions.

  2. Company auditing

    The broad objective of this unit of study is to familiarize participants with the underlying concepts, objectives and reporting function of the auditor. The unit of study deals with both theoretical and practical aspects of auditing. The aim is to integrate the concepts of auditing with practical approaches taken by the auditor to ensure participants gain a complete picture of the audit process.

  3. Financial reporting

    The overall objective of this unit of study is to develop in participants an ability to think through corporate accounting issues, to develop an awareness of the financial accounting function within a company and to analyse and critically address the various contemporary issues in the practice of financial accounting.

  4. Business modelling & analysis

    The application of statistical analysis tools to business problems is an essential skill for competitive advantage. This unit of study focuses on the application of statistical tools and concepts to realworld decision making in order to motivate students to learn, understand, utilise and communicate business statistics appropriately. To enhance students' appreciation of the power of statistics, emphasis is placed on calculator and computer based analysis, rather than manual computations. Extensive use will be made of financial/ statistical calculators and inbuilt functions in MS EXCEL.

  5. Corporations & contract law

    The general aim of this core unit is to enable students to gain an understanding of the law applicable to contracts and companies that are employed in the modern business environment. In particular the primary focus is on the contracting activities and its repercussions relating to businesses and entrepreneurial activities.

  6. Accounting information systems

    The aim of this unit is to critically enhance the knowledge that students require in order to examine and evaluate accounting information systems, both manual and computer based. The basis of the unit is the accurate recording of all transactions following the globally accepted principles of double entry accounting. In particular, students will be able to make informed judgements on how internal control is critical to the performance and activities of small businesses in relation to their accounting information systems. On completion of this unit, students should be able to design an effective accounting information system necessary to meet the needs of a typical small business.

  7. Financial accounting theory

    This unit provides students with the skills and expertise to examine the development of accounting theory and the methodology used by accounting theorists; describe and critically analyse a framework of accounting concepts, including assets, liabilities and income and use the methodology and the framework developed in the unit of study to study specific issues in financial accounting including the development of accounting standards, accounting theory, current measurement issues, and to consider topical accounting issues.

  8. Managerial accounting

    This unit is designed to provide students with skills and practice that are critical to building their planning, decision making and performance evaluation capability to assist managers in making informed judgements. The unit aims to provide an understanding of the relevant management and cost accounting concepts necessary to evaluate a problem, source and use relevant information (both financial and non-financial) and make valid decisions to achieve sustainable value creation for the firm.

  9. Economics

    This unit is designed to provide students with skills and practice of understanding, interpreting and evaluating microeconomic and macroeconomic issues. In particular the unit focuses on developing students' ability to apply these skills to real world applications of relevance to accountants and other business professionals.

  10. Corporate financial management

    The aim of the unit is to foster a robust financial awareness in students and enable them to make informed investment and financing decisions for sustainable value creation. It helps students to distinguish between 'opportunities' and 'traps' as well as the relationship between risk and reward. It is intended to create appropriate practical skills of seeking out information, looking at a problem from the perspectives of leadership challenges, marketing imperatives,technological changes, strategic fits, and financial prudence, and engaging into meaningful debate on those issues.

  11. Income tax law

    This unit aims to foster an understanding of the policy, principles and practice that underpin the Australian taxation system. The main emphasis is on taxation principles associated with the Income Tax Assessment Act. The unit provides students with the skills and expertise to tread more confidently through the tax law maze and enhance student's ability to identify and evaluate taxation issues and tax planning opportunities.

  12. Strategic cost management

    This unit provides students with the skills and expertise to contribute to the strategic decision-making and management of organisations through advanced management accounting and cost management analysis.

Support and delivery

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Support for students

Early exit qualification

Students have the option of exiting the course after completing 4 units to receive the Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting, or after 8 units to receive the Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting. 

Set your own timetable

Designed for maximum flexibility, this accounting course allows you to study any time, anywhere. It's recommended that students complete 10-12 hours of study per unit, per week.

Payment options

There are 2 ways you can pay for this course:

1. Study now pay later – FEE-HELP

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme.

This means you don’t need to pay upfront for the course if you:

  • are an Australian citizen, OR
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa, OR
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category Visa and meet the residency requirements.

Through FEE-HELP, the Australian government pays the amount of your course to the education provider on your behalf. You’ll start paying back this loan through the tax system once your earn more than the minimum threshold (which is $54,869 for the 2016-2017 financial year).

2. Upfront payment

You can pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.

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