MPA14

Master of Professional Accounting

Course code MPA14
Start date(s) February/July
Course length Full time: 2 years
Part time: variable (up to 4 years)
Campus City - St Kilda Rd
Study mode Full time; Part time
International course Yes (Full time only)
  • Course Overview

    This course equips you with the skills and expertise required to excel in this professional field. Graduates of the course will have a thorough foundation in the traditional disciplines underpinning the accounting profession.

    Throughout the course, you will become proficient in integrating advanced theoretical and technical accounting and related knowledge. This includes auditing and assurance, finance, economics, quantitative methods, information systems, taxation law, and business and corporations law. In addition you will develop an understanding of research methods and a selection of advanced taxation law and practice, advanced business and corporations law, corporate governance and management.

    These areas of study will enable you to adapt knowledge and skills to meet new challenges encountered in professional practice across a variety of accounting contexts. Holmesglen's Master of Professional Accounting is accredited by industry professional bodies, including Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

    After completion of this course, you will have the capacity to work and pursue a career in a range of roles, organisations and sectors, both public and private, to provide solutions across a wide array of disciplines encompassed by the accounting profession. 

    At Holmesglen we are committed to supporting our students to achieve their learning goals, so we provide small classes with hands-on experiences. With small classes, you won't be lost in the crowd. You can expect to join approximately 50 other students* in this course: you'll soon get to know your fellow students and feel part of Holmesglen - and your teachers will know you as an individual.

    Students commencing a higher education program must attend Orientation.

    *This is an estimate based on expected student numbers and this number may vary.

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  • Course Structure

    This program comprises:

    • 13 core subjects (78 credit points), and
    • 3 electives (18 credit points)

    Total credit points (cp) required: 96

    For a detailed summary of each subject refer to Subject Summary.

    Each summary includes:

    • Credit points
    • Learning outcomes
    • Weekly contact hours
    • Assessments
    • Prerequisites

    Assessment

    Assessment comprises examinations, tests, quizzes, presentations, folios, reports, essays, research projects and case study analysis. Students are required to attend tests and examinations as scheduled by Holmesglen.

    Subjects

    CodeName
    MPA101Accounting
    MPA102Information Systems for Accountants
    MPA103Business Economics
    MPA104Management Accounting and Statistics
    MPA105Financial Accounting and Reporting
    MPA106Business and Corporations Law
    MPA107Accounting Theory
    MPA108Managerial Finance
    MPA109Taxation Law and Practice
    MPA110Auditing and Assurance
    MPA111Critical Thinking and Communication
    MPA207Research Methods
    MPA209Research Project

    Electives

    CodeName
    MPA201Strategic Management Accounting
    MPA202Advanced Business & Corporations Law
    MPA203Advanced Taxation Law and Practice
    MPA204Organisational Behaviour and Design
    MPA205Corporate Governance
    MPA206Strategic Management
    MPA208Workplace Attributes and Communication
  • Requirements

    Recognition of prior learning

    An applicant may be eligible for credit to a maximum of 50 per cent of course requirements for previous graduate level studies. Credit or exemption will not be granted for undergraduate qualifications. Maximum credit allowed: 48 credit points.

    Please see Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer for more information.

    Prerequisites

    In order to be admitted to the Master of Professional Accounting, you must meet the criteria of entry associated with one of the following categories:

    • An Australian bachelor degree, graduate diploma or an approved international equivalent, in a non-accounting discipline
    • Students who have previously undertaken a degree with a specialisation in accounting will not be eligible for the Master of Professional Accounting. However, successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Accounting at another recognised institute may allow articulation into the second year of the Master of Professional Accounting
    • Students who successfully complete the 8 requisite units of the first year of the Master of Professional Accounting at Holmesglen Institute can apply to receive the Graduate Diploma in Accounting
    • English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 or (PBT) 580 (writing 4.5) or TOFEL (iBT) 92 (writing 21) or Cambridge Certificate in Proficiency in English (CPE) C or Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) B or Pearson Test of English (PTE) 64 (no score less than 59)
    • Applications will be assessed on a case by case basis. Applicants must demonstrate their preparedness, aptitude and ability to cope with formal post-graduate study at this qualification level. Interviews may be conducted as part of the application assessment process.

  • Outcomes

    Qualification & Recognition

    After successful completion of 16 subjects (13 core and 3 electives), you will be eligible to achieve the Master of Professional Accounting.

    Alternative Exit

    Students wishing to exit the Master of Professional Accounting after the first year may apply to graduate with the Graduate Diploma in Accounting, provided they have satisfied the requirements for the Graduate Diploma award.

    Career Opportunities

    • Accountant (general)
    • Financial accountant
    • Management accountant
    • Taxation accountant
    • External or internal auditor
  • Dates

    Course Commencement

    Semester 1

    Orientation: Wednesday 22 February 2017

    Course commences: Monday 27 February 2017

    Semester 2

    Orientation: Wednesday 24 July 2017

    Course commences: Monday 31 July 2017

    Refer to Higher Education Academic Calendar

  • How to Apply

    Direct

    Apply online now

    The application process takes approximately 5 minutes and at this stage, you do not need to provide any documentation.

    To apply offline, contact the department directly using the details below. Your application will be reviewed by the faculty and you will be contacted within 2 working days. For further information on the full application process, including how to accept your offer, complete enrolment and make payment, visit How to Apply.

    Further Advice

    If you have further questions about your application please contact the department:

    Graduate and Degree Programs

    03 9564 1603

    business@holmesglen.edu.au

    Recruitment

    Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf the of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.

    Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.

  • Fees

    Program Fees for 2016

    TypeCost
    Full Fee$16000

    Payments options are available to assist with repayment of tuition fees. HELP loans, which are a government loan scheme, are available to eligible students. A Student Services and Amenities fee is payable at the time of enrolment. All fee payments must be completed by the Administrative Date and the final date to withdraw without incurring a Loan debt must be completed by the Census Date.

    Individual subject tuition fees are available for higher education programs.

    The published fee was current at the time of publication however, due to a rise in resource and delivery costs, full fee programs may be subject to change.

    Tuition Assurance requirements

    Under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, Holmesglen Institute must meet tuition assurance requirements for persons, other than overseas students, who are enrolled in the higher education courses we offer in the event we cease to provide a course of study in which a student is enrolled. Overseas students refer to the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2002.

  • Course Overview

    The Master of Professional Accounting equips you with the skills and expertise required to excel in this professional field.

    Graduates of the course will have a thorough foundation in the traditional disciplines underpinning the accounting profession. Throughout the program, you will become proficient in integrating advanced theoretical and technical accounting and related knowledge.

    This includes auditing and assurance, finance, economics, quantitative methods, information systems, taxation law, and business and corporations law. In addition you will develop an understanding of research methods and a selection of advanced taxation law and practice, advanced business and corporations law, corporate governance and management.

    These areas of study will enable graduates to adapt knowledge and skills to meet new challenges encountered in professional practice across a variety of accounting contexts.  

    Upon completion of this course, you will have the capacity to work and pursue a career in a range of roles, organisations and sectors, both public and private, to provide solutions across a range of areas encompassed by the accounting profession.  

    Successful completion of the MPA program opens the wide range of employment opportunity to graduates in accounting and business related fields. Graduates from the MPA program are highly recognised by leading professional bodies and the industry. Access to three relevant professional bodies is possible through completion of a particular selection of study units in the MPA: associate membership of CPA Australia; entry to the CA programme of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ); and with relevant experience, membership of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA).

    Membership into these professional bodies will also give Holmesglen graduates access to exclusive professional networking opportunities to boost their career and share experiences.

  • Course Structure

    This program comprises:

    • 13 core subjects (78 credit points), and
    • 3 electives (18 credit points)

    Total credit points (cp) required: 96

    Assessment

    Assessment comprises examinations, tests, quizzes, presentations, folios, reports, essays, research projects and case study analysis. Students are required to attend tests and examinations as scheduled by Holmesglen.

    Subjects

    CodeName
    MPA101Accounting
    MPA102Information Systems for Accountants
    MPA103Business Economics
    MPA104Management Accounting and Statistics
    MPA105Financial Accounting and Reporting
    MPA106Business and Corporations Law
    MPA107Accounting Theory
    MPA108Managerial Finance
    MPA109Taxation Law and Practice
    MPA110Auditing and Assurance
    MPA111Critical Thinking and Communication
    MPA207Research Methods
    MPA209Research Project

    Electives

    CodeName
    MPA201Strategic Management Accounting
    MPA202Advanced Business & Corporations Law
    MPA203Advanced Taxation Law and Practice
    MPA204Organisational Behaviour and Design
    MPA205Corporate Governance
    MPA206Strategic Management
    MPA208Workplace Attributes and Communication
  • Requirements

    Recognition of prior learning

    An applicant may be eligible for credit to a maximum of 50 per cent of course requirements for previous graduate level studies. Credit or exemption will not be granted for undergraduate qualifications. Maximum credit allowed: 48 credit points. Please see Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer for more information.

    Prerequisites

    In order to be admitted to the Master of Professional Accounting an applicant must meet the criteria of entry associated with one of the following categories:

    • An Australian bachelor degree, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate, or an approved international equivalent, in a non-accounting discipline.
    • Completion of the Graduate Diploma in Accounting will allow articulation into the Master of Professional Accounting
    • Students who have previously undertaken a degree with a specialisation in Accounting will not be eligible for the Graduate Diploma in Accounting or the Master of Professional Accounting.
    • Applications will be assessed on a case by case basis. Applicants must demonstrate their preparedness, aptitude and ability to cope with formal post-graduate study at this qualification level.

    Selection Process

    Interviews may be conducted as part of the application assessment process.

  • Outcomes

    Qualification & Recognition

    On successful completion of 16 subjects, students will achieve the Master of Professional Accounting.

    Alternative Exit

    Students wishing to exit the Master of Professional Accounting may apply to graduate with the Graduate Diploma in Accounting, provided they have satisfied the requirements for the Graduate Diploma award.

    Career Opportunities

    • Accountant (general)
    • Financial Accountant
    • Management Accountant
    • Taxation Accountant
    • External or Internal Auditor
  • Dates

    Course Commencement

    This program commences 2 March 2015.

  • How to Apply

    Other

    Holmesglen strongly recommends that International students apply through one of our accredited student recruitment agents. This will assist you in the preparation of all application documents and ensure that you are well counselled on the Australian Government's Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirements for International students. Further information of the GTE requirements is available at: https://www.border.gov.au/

    To locate an accredited agent within your country please refer to our agent listing at: https://www.holmesglen.edu.au/students/international/agent_list

    If you would like to apply directly, please download an application form and forward it to international.admissions@holmesglen.edu.au together with certified copies of your academic transcripts and the A$500 Application Fee. Please note that applying through an accredited agent of Holmesglen will waive this Application Fee.

    Note: Where necessary, Holmesglen reserves the right to refer students applying directly to an in-country accredited agent, to assist in adhering to the Australian Government's GTE assessment processes.

    Further Advice

    If you have further questions about your application please contact the department:

    Financial Services Department

    03 9564 1603

    business@holmesglen.edu.au

  • Fees

    Fees for 2017: $18,200 per year