MC260 - Master of Professional Accounting (CPA Australia Extension)

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Plan: MC260 - Master of Professional Accounting (CPA Australia Extension)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Professional Accounting (CPA Australia Extension)
Award abbreviation: MPA(CPA)
Total credit points: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Location: Melbourne City campus
Owning school: Accounting (615H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 080101
CRICOS code: 088092G

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Purpose of the Program

The Master of Professional Accounting (CPA Australia Extension) program provides you with practical and theoretical knowledge, skills and expertise to become a literate and analytical practitioner in accounting.

This program is designed for graduates of non-accounting disciplines who wish to broaden their career prospects. The Master of Professional Accounting (CPA Australia Extension) aims to develop essential knowledge and skills in core areas of accounting and business with an appreciation of the social, environmental, cultural and ethical issues impacting on contemporary business environments. In addition to completing an accredited postgraduate qualification in Accounting, you will also complete the CPA Program Professional levels segments (MPA/CPA courses).

The capstone courses ACCT2279 Strategic Management Control Systems and ACCT2111 Accounting Thought and Ethics will give you the opportunity to critically reflect on this program’s curriculum. The course will promote the integration and synthesis of a range of knowledge and skills gained in the program and the application of these in discipline related real-world scenarios leading to work readiness or entry to graduate studies.

Graduates may gain employment in various sectors including public accounting practice, commercial and government organisations and a wide range of roles.

This program is delivered on-campus.

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Articulation and pathways

Credits and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT University Credit Policy.

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Entrance requirements

Academic Entrance Requirements

An Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent or higher level qualification in any discipline; or 

Successful completion of the RMIT Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting.

Entrance requirements for international onshore applicants
All non-Australian residents and overseas full-fee paying students are required to meet RMIT English language requirements. For more information on these requirements and acceptable English Language tests please see

Enrolment in CPA titled courses

There is a three step process to enrol in CPA titled courses.

Step 1:  Enrol in the CPA course with CPA Australia

Step 2:  Complete the CPA Course Enrolment Request Form and attach a copy of your confirmation of enrolment with CPA Australia

Step 3:  The College will advise when you can add your RMIT/CPA titled course through Enrolment Online or OUA.

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External accreditation and industry links

This program is accredited by CPA Australia as listed in the table below. Specified credit/exemptions towards professional qualifications offered as part of the accreditation is subject to the applicant meeting set criteria defined by each professional body. Any application for credit/exemption should be made directly to the professional body and is the graduate's responsibility.

Professional Body Accreditation Description Membership and Opportunities

CPA Australia

Program satisfies the academic requirements for CPA Australia program.
  • Students eligible to join CPA Australia Network
  • Students eligible for membership category: Associate (See Note below)
  • Graduates eligible for full CPA Australia membership (if they meet the work experience requirement for CPA Australia and have passed the six CPA exams in the program)

Note: For Associate Membership, students must have successfully passed:

  • ACCT1106 Accounting, Accountability and Society
  • LAW2480 Business and Corporations Law
  • BAFI1100 Financial Decision Making
  • ACCT1110 Contemporary Financial and Integrated Reporting
  • ACCT2279 Strategic Management Control Systems
  • ECON1314 Quantitative Methods for Economic Analysis
  • ACCT2111 Accounting Thought and Ethics
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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. 

All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic and print resources such as books, journals, newspapers, streaming media and past exam papers. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world. 

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments, or you can work through Library subject guides and web-based tutorials, or use our online Ask the Library service. Drop into the Study Support Hubs for assistance or contact us via Ask the Library online chat.  

Computers for study are available at every Library site and wireless access is available if you are working from a laptop or mobile device. 

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