Master of Accounting

Macquarie University

Accounting is often referred to as the language of business. Understanding this language means accountants hold the privileged position of being key contributors to a business' success. Armed with such skills, accountants can apply their knowledge in a number of dynamic industries. This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills that professional accountants need in order to succeed in an increasingly dynamic and global accounting environment, and will help you meet the requirements for professional accreditation in accounting. You will be challenged with case studies, real business problems and group projects. KEY FEATURES This course is accredited by CPA Australia (CPAA), Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). You'll gain essential financial and management accounting knowledge, as well as a range of business-related skills in assurance and audit, commercial law, economics, financial management, information systems and statistics. You'll also develop your communication, problem-solving and communication skills while participating in classroom activities and completing assessment tasks. You can choose from one of three specialisations: CPA Program (allows you to complete the CPAA Professional program), International Practice (pathway through the ACCA professional papers) or Professional Practice. This course is available on campus during the day or evening, and some units are available online, which means you can continue to work full-time while studying. If you hold a bachelor degree in any field (other than a bachelor with an accounting major), you'll find this course ideal if you wish to earn a widely recognised and reputable postgraduate qualification in accounting. SPECIALISATIONS Master of Accounting with a Specialisation in ACCA Program Master of Accounting with a Specialisation in CPA Program Master of Accounting with a Specialisation in Professional Practice Career Opportunities PROFESSIONS There is diverse range of areas that fall under the accounting banner including: Accounting Taxation Consulting Banking & Finance Government Stockbroking Auditing Business Analytics Forensic Accounting Superannuation Insurance EMPLOYERS Potential employers include: Accounting and Consulting Firms Financial Institutions Government Departments Superannuation and Insurance Firms SALARY GUIDE Salaries vary depending on experience.In the Graduate Careers 2015 Graduate Salaries report, the median salary for postgraduate courseworkgraduatesin accounting was $63,000. For more information, visit

At a Glance

Course level Postgraduate
CRICOS Code 091741J
Institution Name Macquarie University
Campus Location North Ryde
Institution Type University
Course Duration 1 year - 2 years depending on RPL granted
Course University Macquarie University

About Macquarie University

Established in 1964, Macquarie University began as a bold experiment in higher education. Built to break from traditions: to be distinctive, progressive, and to be transformational. Today our pioneering history continues to be a source of inspiration as we celebrate our place among the best and brightest minds.


Recognised internationally, Macquarie University is consistently ranked in the top two per cent of universities in the world* and within the top 10 in Australia.Our research is leading the way in ground-breaking discoveries. Our academics are at the forefront of innovation and, as accomplished researchers, we are embracing the opportunity to tackle the big issues of our time.


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