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Overview

  • 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.
  • Ideal for graduates who do not have an undergraduate degree in accountancy and wish to obtain a professional accountancy qualification for a career change
  • Hone your analytical, decision-making, communication and problem solving skills to advance your career
  • Study business and corporations law, taxation law and practice and international capital markets law and regulation
  • Meet the academic requirements for membership of CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and the Institute of Public Accountants
  • Graduates are accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • Find out more at our upcoming MBA and Postgraduate Business Information Event.
QUT course code BS11
Attendance Part-time or Full-time
Course duration 1.5 years full-time
3 years part-time
Note: Business and related discipline graduates: 1.5 years full-time; 3 years part-time. All other graduates: 2 years full-time; 4 years part-time. Please refer to the entry requirements tab for further information.
Start month 2018 February, July
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
Faculty
  • QUT Business School
Course contact
  • Email:
CRICOS code 085448J
Careers
  • Accountant

Details

This course is designed for graduates who do not have an undergraduate degree in accountancy and wish to obtain a professional accountancy qualification.

If you are looking to change your career direction or enhance your career options, accountancy is a dynamic profession that will provide you with a sustainable, challenging and diverse range of career paths. Professional accountants are in demand nationally and internationally by organisations throughout the commercial, public and not-for-profit sectors. Accountants can work in commerce and industry, in public or chartered accounting firms, in government organisations or as individual practitioners.

Discipline units focus on financial and management accounting requirements, specialised applications in company accounting, audit and assurance, tax and company regulation. Core concepts and advanced knowledge, problem-solving skills and critical and analytical thinking are developed throughout the entire course.

Accountancy professionals are concerned with the provision, analysis and communication of information to assist resource allocation decisions and compliance. Activities may include financial and operational analysis and projection, application and interpretation of accounting standards, and recording and summarising of transactions and other economic events.

QUT’s Master of Business has been redesigned to ensure it meets the new quality assurance standards set by the Australian Qualifications Framework for masters by coursework programs. The learning outcomes of the course have been refreshed to provide you with a more engaging and real world learning experience.

Why choose this course?

This course is designed to extend your real-world accountancy knowledge and skills. You will be introduced to contemporary issues facing modern businesses such as the impact of international differences in accounting policies and practices, forensics and accounting factors that contribute to an effective governance and accountability framework.

In undertaking this study area you will acquire advanced technical knowledge in financial, management and computerised accounting, auditing and taxation law. You will exercise your skills in critical thinking, reflection, analysis and judgement to 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 and legal knowledge and advice to diverse audiences.

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.

Real-world learning

Developed in consultation with industry, our programs incorporate real-world case analysis, activities and workplace projects. You will also benefit from meaningful connections with industry leaders and practitioners as they share their insights into essential skills and attributes needed for professional practice.

You will learn how to exercise creativity, independent judgement and critical reflection, to plan, design, adapt and implement strategies and solutions that contribute to real world business practice and research.

Your knowledge and research skills are taken to an advanced level in the capstone unit of this course. In this unit you will learn the process of how to deal with the problems typically faced by professional advisors and consultants.

Career outcomes

Accountancy is a great platform for a dynamic and exciting business career. Accountants work in a diversity of areas—in commerce, local, national and international firms, government organisations, law firms, banks, merchant banks, stockbrokers, charitable organisations, hospitals and churches, film, television and media or they run their own business. A career in accounting can lead to more strategic and leadership roles such as general manager, chief financial officer and chief executive officer. As a QUT accountancy graduate, you will have a huge range of interesting career options.

Professional recognition

Graduates meet the academic component of the requirements for enrolment in the professional program offered by CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Institute of Public Accountants. Graduates are also eligible for exemptions in the qualifying program for membership of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

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.

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).

International double masters program

If you would like to attain two internationally accredited masters in about the same time that it would normally take you to get one, you may consider our international double masters program. In an exchange study, you complete part of your degree at one of two leading institutions in Europe. Through cross-crediting of your course content, you are able to obtain the full degrees from both institutions – and you may be able to complete the double degree in the same time that it would take you to complete your QUT Master of Business program. For more information, visit international double degrees.

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.

Units

Download course structures and unit outlines for Master of Business (Professional Accounting)

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.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

Master of Business - 1.5 year program

A completed recognised bachelor degree in business or related field (other than an accounting degree gained in Australia or New Zealand) with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 (on QUT's 7 point scale).

Master of Business - 2 year program

A completed recognised bachelor degree (or higher) in any discipline other than an accounting degree gained in Australia or New Zealand with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 (on QUT's 7 point scale).

Note: You don't need to apply for the 1.5 year program. You'll be automatically assessed for eligibility as part of QUT's application for admission process.

 

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually.

2018: $26400 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

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.

Find out if you're eligible for a FEE-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

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

These scholarships are available for this course:

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.

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How to apply for Master of Business (Professional Accounting)

You apply directly to QUT for all our postgraduate courses.

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You're ready if you have:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked course costs and if you're eligible for financial support
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Collected supporting documents (see application form)

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

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