Master of Accounting

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Delivered by the Victoria Graduate School of Business (VGSB), VU's Master of Accounting offers a choice of three streams of study:  

  • Professional Qualification: for those who do not hold an accounting degree. Qualifies you as an accountant and satisfies the educational requirements for Associate Membership of The Professional Accounting Bodies
  • Professional Accounting Education: for those with an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in accounting who want choice of subjects for their continuing professional education
  • Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA): for those with a professionally recognised accounting qualification who wish to complete their educational requirement for CPA status within a Masters program.

The Master of Accounting is professionally recognised with accreditation from CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Exemptions are available for completed units in the CPA Foundation and Professional Programs and The ICAA Chartered Accountants Progam . Please contact the course co ordinator for further details.

Course essentials

Open for Mid-year entry
Apply direct to VU

Direct applications close on 18 July 2014.

Note that campus locations may offer different options (e.g. study mode, fee type.)

Already a VU student?

You can transfer into this course through our internal transfer process.

Careers

This course equips you for a career in accounting and/or finance.

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Study pathways

Transferring to VU

You can get credit in the Master of Accounting (BMAC) for study you have done at other universities. We have formal credit transfer arrangements for this course with the following universities

Asia Pacific International College

  • If you studied the Master of Business Management you may get up to half a year of credit.

To find out more about the pathways available for this course, please contact the College of Business.

Advanced Standing (previously known as Recognition of Prior Learning)

Get credit for your work, study and life experience through our Advanced Standing process.

Find out more about Advanced Standing.

Graduate faster

If you've done previous study related to this course, you may be awarded credit. This means you can graduate in less time.

Completing this course also gives you a head-start on other VU courses at a higher level of study.

We also award credit for relevant work and life experience. This is called Advanced Standing (previously known as Recognition of Prior Learning).

Course objectives

The objectives of the Master of Accounting include:

  • The opportunity for students to gain technical skills and conceptual knowledge in financial accounting, management accounting, finance, auditing and assurance, commercial and corporations law, taxation, information systems, economics and quantitative methods essential for the professional accountant in today s global environment.
  • Developing generic skills commonly applied in practice and valued by employers and professional bodies including analytic, appreciative, personal and interpersonal skills.
  • The opportunity for students with a Bachelor degree in other disciplines to gain entry to the accounting profession.
  • A course of study more closely aligned to professional accounting requirements by reducing duplication of curriculum areas.

Flexible study arrangements in a vibrant environment.

Units and electives

The course consists of 12 units of study to be undertaken through one of three options.

Option One
Students entering with an undergraduate degree in Accounting and wishing to enhance their accounting skills will undertake the following units of study.

Eight units of study from

Plus

or

or three further units of study approved by the College of Business.

Option Two
Students entering with an undergraduate degree in Accounting and wishing to obtain specialist professional accounting qualifications will undertake the following units of study.

Plus six units of study from

Plus three units of study from

Option Three
Students entering with an undergraduate degree from a discipline other than accounting will undertake the following units of study.

Plus one unit of study approved by the College of Business from

Plus four units of study approved by the College of Business from

Electives: An additional specialisation of 2 coursework units may include further specialisation in finance or accounting or in another area approved by the Course Coordinator.

On completion of eight approved units of study, students who choose to exit this course will be eligible to receive the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting. On completion of four approved units of study, students who choose to exit this course will be eligible to receive the Graduate Certificate in Business.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional 'elective' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission information

  • Year 12:

    To qualify for admission to the course an applicant must have normally completed a relevant degree or graduate diploma and be employed in or intend to be employed in a position associated with accounting. In addition to the requirements listed above, overseas applicants must have a minimum proficiency in the English language as demonstrated by: International English Language Testing System overall score of 6.5 and no individual band score less than 6.

How to apply for this course

Apply direct to VU

Direct applications close on 18 July 2014.

Before applying:

Note that campus locations may offer different options (e.g. study mode, fee type). You may wish to review:

  • The course index to confirm the study options available at each location.
  • Advice to applicants which provides information about how to apply for your course and what happens when you submit your application.

Also consider whether you wish to apply for:

  • Special consideration: For people with specific life circumstances, you can request these be taken into consideration when assessing your course application.
  • Extra credit for past skills and study (this is known as 'Advanced standing').

When you're ready:

Apply direct to VU

You will need to create an account (or use your existing VU one).

You'll be able to submit applications for one or more courses and track the progress of these whenever you like.

After you apply:

It is important that you check emails from us (remember to also look in the Spam folder) and complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered.

Transferring between VU courses

Want to swap into this course from another VU course? You can apply online at the Admissions centre .

Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current course.

You can also contact us directly:

  • Ring us on +61 3 9919 6100
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