Overview

The Master of Professional Accounting is a hands-on  program with strong industry links and a clear pathway to professional recognition. It further develops the analytical and creative skills necessary when dealing with accounting and finance issues within planning and decision-making. Graduates will emerge job-ready with relevant skills in software such as Xero.

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Upgrade your skills

  • Accounting systems and reporting
  • Digital technologies- AI, Blockchain, Big data
  • Business modelling and analysis
  • Financial accounting
  • System design and analysis

Stretch your career further

Students can enhance their career opportunities by gaining additional leadership and management skills – an important asset in a today’s complex and changing business environment. The below examples demonstrate the types of roles graduates can attain.

  • Tax Advisor/agent
  • Share broker
  • Financial analyst
  • Auditor
  • Management accountant
  • Financial accountant

Key codes

CRICOS course code
067406B
International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Professional accreditations

Why Swinburne?

Top 5% of the world’s higher education business schools

91.1% of graduates found employment within 4 months of finishing.

The median income for PG graduates one year out is $79.5K

Business graduate employers include Telstra, NAB, ANZ and IBM

  • "If you have any inkling at all to study, don’t hesitate and jump right in. My undergraduate degree is in Dance and I was looking for a Masters that could elevate me into business and make me more specifically marketable. Accounting is the root of many things. Even just knowing accounting basics allows you to engage more deeply in business conversations."

    Andi , Master of Professional Accounting

Qualifications

Applicants are required to have completed one of the following:

  • a recognised bachelor degree in a related discipline; or
  • a recognised bachelor degree in any discipline PLUS a minimum of two years equivalent full-time relevant professional experience*; or
  • Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting**; or
  • completion of the Postgraduate Qualifying Program PLUS either previous Higher Education Study in a related discipline OR a minimum of two years equivalent full-time relevant professional experience* (International applicants only) 
     

*Relevant managerial experience and evidence of academic capability will be determined by the Faculty PVC (or delegate) with reference to faculty-determined guiding principles. Applicants will be required to submit a curriculum vitae (CV) with their application.

Documents substantiating relevant experience are required, clearly detailing roles and duration, as well as evidence of formal and non-formal learning. Where relevant experience is used for the basis of admission, no further recognition for prior learning/credit can be granted on that basis.

**Students entering under this admission requirement will be given full credit for the units completed.

Applicants are required to have completed one of the following:

  • a recognised bachelor degree in a related discipline; or
  • a recognised bachelor degree in any discipline PLUS a minimum of two years equivalent full-time relevant professional experience*; or
  • Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting**; or
  • completion of the Postgraduate Qualifying Program PLUS either previous Higher Education Study in a related discipline OR a minimum of two years equivalent full-time relevant professional experience* (International applicants only) 

*Relevant managerial experience and evidence of academic capability will be determined by the Faculty PVC (or delegate) with reference to faculty-determined guiding principles. Applicants will be required to submit a curriculum vitae (CV) with their application.

Documents substantiating relevant experience are required, clearly detailing roles and duration, as well as evidence of formal and non-formal learning. Where relevant experience is used for the basis of admission, no further recognition for prior learning/credit can be granted on that basis.

**Students entering under this admission requirement will be given full credit for the units completed.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

How credit points work

To qualify for the award of Master of Professional Accounting, students must complete 12 units (150 credit points). 

  • 10 core units (125 credit points)
  • 2 elective units (25 credit points) 

Your units

Graduate Certificate

Completing 4 core units entitles you to the graduate certificate.

4
Core units
=
Graduate certificate
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Accounting Systems and Reporting
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
ACC60008
Economics
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
ECO80001
Business Modelling and Analysis
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
FIN60003
Corporations and Contract Law
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
LAW60003

Graduate Diploma

Completing an additional 4 core units entitles you to the graduate diploma.

4
Core units
+
4
Core units
=
Graduate diploma
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Company Auditing
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
ACC80003
Managerial Accounting
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
ACC80008
Financial Accounting and Theory
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
ACC80019
Corporate Financial Management
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
FIN80005

Masters degree

Completing an additional 2 core units and 2 elective units entitles you to the masters.

8
Core units
+
2
Core units
+
2
Elective units
=
Masters degree
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Taxation Principles and Planning
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
ACC80012
Accounting, Organisations and Society
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
ACC80020
Elective units
Business Innovation in Europe Study Tour
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
BUS70013
Business Innovation in America Study Tour
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
BUS70014
Business Innovation in Asia Study Tour
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
BUS70015
Indigenous Study Tour: Supporting Economic Development
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
BUS70016
Opportunity Discovery, Creativity and Design
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
ENT60009
Venture Planning
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
ENT70019
Designing for Change
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
FST80008
Employee Relations
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
HRM60013
Behaviour in Organisations
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
HRM60016
Strategic HRM in the Business Context
Elective unit
HRM70006
Strategic Project Management
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
INF70005
Governing Technology for Business Environments
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
INF80042
Business Strategy
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
MGT80002
Branding and Creative Innovation
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
MKT70019
Project Management for Innovative Outcomes
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
PRM60002
The Risk Management Spectrum
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
PRM60003
Opportunity Discovery
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
ENT60006
Growth Management
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
ENT70012
Entrepreneurial Mindset, New Venture and Innovation
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
ENT70018
Entrepreneurial Finance
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
FIN60004
Frontiers in FinTech
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
FIN60006
Modern Finance Issues
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
FIN80001
Business and Entity Valuations
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
FIN80002
Capital Markets
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
FIN80004
Corporate Financial Management
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
FIN80005
Derivatives and Risk Management
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
FIN80018
Portfolio Management
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
FIN80019
Alternative Investments
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
FIN80026
Ethics and Behavioural Finance Research
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
FIN80027
Fixed Income Securities
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
FIN80028

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$33,800

Total fee* ($AUD)

$50,700

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$44,340.00

Fees are estimates only

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply for units studied in 2023 only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

How do I pay my fees?

FEE-HELP is a loan given to eligible full-fee paying higher education students to help pay part or all of their tuition fees. The Commonwealth Government pays the amount of the loan directly to Swinburne.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Finances
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Eligibility for FEE-HELP

You’re eligible for a FEE-HELP loan if you are studying an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, or UniLink or OUA course at Swinburne, and you:

  • are an Australian citizen doing at least one unit of your course in Australia; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and will be living in Australia for the duration of your course; or
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category visa and meet the special eligibility requirements for New Zealand citizens
  • are undertaking bridging study for overseas trained professionals and will be living in Australia for the duration of this study
  • have not exceeded the new combined Help Loan limit.
     

The HELP limit is the maximum amount you can borrow from the government in your lifetime towards your education costs. It is fixed and cannot be topped up.

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2023 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 20 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

Representatives and agents
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