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Highlights

  • This 2 year program can be completed in 1.5 years if you have a bachelor degree in business or a related field. See entry requirements for details.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills needed to progress towards a professional accounting career, with no previous accounting knowledge required.
  • Hone your analytical, decision-making, communication and problem-solving skills to advance your career.
  • Study the core accounting areas of financial reporting, management accounting, auditing, taxation and financial management, while also acquiring foundational skills in economics, ICT, data analysis and business law.
  • Meet the academic requirements for membership of CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and the Institute of Public Accountants. Graduates can enter the professional programs provided by these bodies.
  • Graduates will also receive exemptions from the UK-based Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
  • QUT’s Business School has been ranked number 1 in Queensland and number 3 in Australia for postgraduate studies in AFR’s BOSS Best Business School 2022 rankings.
  • Find out more at our upcoming Master of Business information evening.

Highlights

  • This 2 year program can be completed in 1.5 years if you have a bachelor degree in business or a related field. See entry requirements for details.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills needed to progress towards a professional accounting career, with no previous accounting knowledge required.
  • Hone your analytical, decision-making, communication and problem-solving skills to advance your career.
  • Study the core accounting areas of financial reporting, management accounting, auditing, taxation and financial management, while also acquiring foundational skills in economics, ICT, data analysis and business law.
  • Meet the academic requirements for membership of CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and the Institute of Public Accountants. Graduates can enter the professional programs provided by these bodies.
  • Graduates will also receive exemptions from the UK-based Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
  • QUT’s Business School has been ranked number 1 in Queensland and number 3 in Australia for postgraduate studies in AFR’s BOSS Best Business School 2022 rankings.
  • Find out more at our upcoming Master of Business information evening.

Why choose this course?

Accountants are in strong demand, as all businesses use accounting information to make decisions. Professional qualifications in accounting (such as Chartered Accountant or CPA) are highly regarded and recognised around the world. Graduates of this course meet the academic requirements for entry into the professional programs offered by CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and the Institute of Public Accountants.

You will develop technical skills and use relevant technologies to present and interpret information to make better business decisions. Exercising skills in critical thinking, reflection, analysis and judgement, you will solve real world problems in complex accounting and global business contexts. Working individually and in groups, you will become experienced in professionally and effectively communicating accounting knowledge and advice to diverse audiences.

Real-world learning

The focus of this program is on developing the practical skills that are necessary for a professional accounting career. You will be exposed to a wide range of real-world cases, and lecturers who have industry experience, both in Australia and internationally. You will also develop technological capabilities with relevant software in accounting and taxation.

The unique capstone unit integrates the knowledge and skills gained throughout the program in an extended simulation, where you act as a professional adviser, working in a team to solve client problems.

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What to expect

The course is designed for those with no prior knowledge in accounting. The Foundation studies units introduce you to the fundamental skills around financial reporting, management accounting and financial management. You will also acquire foundational knowledge in relevant business law.

In your second semester you will develop more advanced skills in financial reporting and the information systems used by accountants. You will also be introduced to the specialist area of taxation, and gain foundational knowledge in economics and data analysis.

You will then extend your discipline knowledge and skills with more advanced financial reporting, and an introduction to the specialist area of auditing. You will supplement your discipline studies with a thorough investigation of the ethics of accounting and finance, and in the capstone unit you will take on the role of a professional, providing advice and solutions to a range of real-world client problems.

Completing this course will allow entry into the professional programs offered by CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and the Institute of Public Accountants.

Flexible delivery

Units in this postgraduate program are delivered using a mix of face-to-face, online and blended learning technologies. All course materials are placed online including course lecture materials, practical session guides, readings and help guides.

Business advantage

The QUT Business School’s Business Advantage program is a free program offered to all business students. It can help you develop skills through interaction, discussion, cooperation and debate with other students and leaders from business, government, education and community sectors. The program includes: guest presentations from inspiring industry, community and university leaders; sessions focused on specific social and professional skills; challenging interaction aimed at developing skills through new experiences; and provides a certificate of completion for you to include in your resume or portfolio. Not only does this program offer you excellent networking opportunities, but also the opportunity to gain highly relevant experiences and skills that you can apply throughout your career.

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

The Australian Government has projected a five-year growth rate of 9-15% for accountants and auditors to 2025, and identified a national shortage of accountants and auditors, with strong future demand (Department of Education, Skills and Employment– Occupation Projects, 2020; National Skills Commission – Skills Priority List, June 2021).

All businesses, in all industries and all sectors, use accounting information to make decisions. An accounting qualification can therefore provide you with skills that benefit you as you progress your career, whether that is in the private, public or not-for-profit sectors, from small start-ups to multinational conglomerates, local tax accountants to Big 4 advisory services. 

Professional recognition

The Master of Business (Professional Accounting) meets the accreditation requirements for CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA). Graduates are able to enrol in their respective professional programs.

Graduates are also eligible for exemptions in the qualifying program for membership of the UK-based Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

More information on membership requirements of professional bodies can be found at their websites, linked above.

Early exit

Students may exit from the Master of Business (BS11) at the following stages, once those particular course requirements have been met:

  • Graduate Diploma of Business (BS79) (Study Area A)
  • Graduate Certificate in Business (BS39) (Study Area A).

Possible careers

  • Accountant
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Risk and Governance Consultant
  • Certified Practicing Accountant
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Chartered Tax Adviser
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Controller
  • Forensic Accountant

Details and units

The Master of Business is designed in three blocks of study:

1. Foundation studies (48 credit points)
2. Discipline studies (96 credit points)
3. Complementary studies (48 credit points)

Students with an undergraduate degree that is not in Business or a related field of study will undertake 192 credit points of study commencing with Foundation studies.

Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in Business or related field of study with a minimum GPA of 4 (on a 7 point scale) will undertake 144 credit points of study in their course. Students will commence their Masters in the Foundation studies block.

Students will be able to access course progression advice from the School of Accountancy.

The Master of Business is designed in three blocks of study:

1. Foundation studies (48 credit points)
2. Discipline studies (96 credit points)
3. Complementary studies (48 credit points)

Students with an undergraduate degree that is not in Business or a related field of study will undertake 192 credit points of study commencing with Foundation studies.

Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in Business or related field of study with a minimum GPA of 4 (on a 7 point scale) will undertake 144 credit points of study in their course. Students will commence their Masters in the Foundation studies block.

November admission is dependent on your educational background and program duration, please refer to the Course structure Summer Semester (November) commencement  as specified units may only be available.

Students will be able to access course progression advice from the School of Accountancy.

Requirements

Course code
BS11
CRICOS code
085448J
Delivery
  • Online
  • Gardens Point
Delivery
  • Gardens Point
Duration
1 - 2 years full-time
3 - 4 years part-time
Duration
1.5 - 2 years full-time
Entry
February and July
Entry
February and July

Entry requirements

2 year program

You must have a recognised bachelor degree (or higher) in any discipline with a minimum grade point average of 4.00 (on QUT’s 7 point scale).

1.5 year program

You must have:

  • A recognised bachelor degree (or higher) in business or a related discipline with a minimum grade point average of 4.00 (on QUT’s 7 point scale); or
  • A recognised bachelor degree (or higher) in any discipline with a minimum grade point average of 4.00 (on QUT’s 7 point scale) followed by at least seven years full-time (or equivalent) work experience in business or a related discipline.

Note

This program has not been designed for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in accounting, or equivalent, that has been accredited by CPA Australia or Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

We recognise not all overseas accounting qualifications will meet the professional requirements to gain membership with CPA Australia or Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

If you have an accounting qualification from outside Australia/New Zealand, and you should contact the CPA Australia or Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand to determine what additional studies you may need to undertake to meet the professional bodies requirements.

Minimum academic requirements

Academic entry requirements

As part of QUT's application for admission process, you will be automatically assessed for the 1.5 year program.  If you wish to be considered for the 2 year program only, please indicate this on your application form.

Master of Business - 1.5 year program

  • A completed recognised bachelor degree in business or related field with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4.00 (on QUT's 7 point scale).

Master of Business - 2 year program

  • A completed recognised bachelor degree in any discipline with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4.00 (on QUT's 7 point scale).

 

Note

This course has not been designed for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in accounting, or equivalent, that has been accredited by CPA Australia or Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

We recognise that not all overseas accounting qualifications will meet the professional requirements to gain membership with CPA Australia or Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

If you have an accounting qualification from outside Australia/ New Zealand, and you should contact the CPA Australia or Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand to determine what additional studies you may need to undertake to meet the professional bodies requirements.

 

Pathway

Graduate Certificate in Business and Communication: Applicants with an overall IELTS score of 6 (Reading and Writing no less than 5.5 and no other sub-score below 5) (or accepted equivalent) may be considered for the Graduate Certificate / Masters pathway.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests. Tests must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
PTE Academic/PTE Academic Online 58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
You must share your results with QUT through the Candidate Results Online website.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic / IELTS Online 6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT / Home / Paper 79 16 16 21 18

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Advanced standing

Students who have articulated from the Graduate Certificate in Business (Professional Accounting) may receive exemptions for up to 48 credit points. Students who have articulated from the Graduate Diploma in Business (Professional Accounting) may receive up to 96 credit points of exemption.

Advanced standing may also be available to students who have studied a related postgraduate program with another institution within the last five years.

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2023 fees

2023: $30,800 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2023 fees

2023: $34,000 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2022 fees

2022: $29,600 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2022 fees

2022: $33,100 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Find out more about postgraduate course fees

FEE-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a FEE-HELP loan.

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Scholarships

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

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Laurie Cowled Indigenous Scholarship for Business Students

A scholarship for future and current Indigenous female students enrolled in undergraduate or postgraduate studies in business.

Scholarship eligibility
Indigenous Australian; Struggling financially; Women

Equity scholarships scheme

Scholarship eligibility
Struggling financially

International Merit Scholarship

Scholarship eligibility
Academic performance

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