Master of Accounting

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Course essentials

VU’s Master of Accounting can help you advance your career in business.

If you have an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in accounting, you can advance your professional education with this postgraduate degree in accounting.

The Master of Accounting will help you to:

  • analyse accounting theory to foster an effective accounting practice
  • critically apply knowledge in decision-making for emerging professional accounting contexts
  • communicate effectively with audiences, including diverse communities, business and other professional organisations.

Whilst building on your existing accounting expertise, you’ll learn from specialist academic staff, focused on challenging your skillset and improving your business acumen.

Our strong industry relationships inform our curriculum, ensuring that students are well versed in current trends and issues facing the business sector.

From practical, real-world experience within work placements to unique networking opportunities, you’ll be offered everything you need to get ahead in your career.

Victoria Graduate School of Business (VGSB)

This course is offered through the Victoria Graduate School of Business (VGSB). VGSB is internationally recognised for its high-quality courses and expert teaching staff.

VGSB has several respected adjunct professors sharing their experience and insights with students.

These include:

  • financial journalist Alan Kohler
  • former federal minister, Dr Craig Emerson
  • Victoria Tourism Industry Council Chief Executive, Dianne Smith.

Postgraduate research at VU

Find out about postgraduate studies at VU. Discover our research project areas.

Careers

This course can further you career in:

  • accounting
  • business
  • banking
  • finance.

Working across public accounting practice, commercial and government organisations, VU graduates typically secure roles such as chief finance officer or management accountant.

Salaries

Employment for accountants in Australia has risen strongly over the last decade and is expected to continue growing strongly until at least November 2020 (Job Outlook). The average annual earning of an accountant is $73,008 (Job Outlook). 

Study pathways

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critically reflect upon theoretical approaches and analyse their application to achieve effective accounting practice.  
  2. Justify and interpret theoretical propositions and related bodies of knowledge to critically evaluate the resolution of business problems and make recommendations/recommend actions in authentic/contemporary business settings.  
  3. Critically apply cross disciplinary knowledge in decision making with creativity for emerging professional accounting contexts.  
  4. Demonstrate accountability in autonomous and collaborative judgements and innovative strategic thinking in response to contemporary and future business/ accounting/ professional challenges.  
  5. Work as a reflective practitioner to formulate, implement and evaluate industry- specific investigations to resolve complex professional problems and inform management decision making.  
  6. Communicate effectively to specialist and non- specialist audiences including multi-disciplinary teams, diverse cultural communities and business and other professional organisations.  
  7. Exemplify initiative and inspirational leadership in a dynamic 21st century work environment, acting consistently, ethically and socially responsibly.  
  8. Plan and execute a substantial research based project or evidence-based capstone activity - informing effective accounting practice to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at abstract and practical levels.  

Course structure

To attain the Master of Accounting, students will be required to complete 144 credit points (equivalent to 12 units) consisting of:

  • 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) core units
  • 84 credit points (equivalent to 7 units) professional coreunits

Plus either / or
OPTION 1

  • 12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) research proposal unit; and, 
  • 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) minor thesis unit.

OPTION 2

  • 12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) capstone unit; and,
  • 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) elective units. Students to select from any postgraduate units from across the University (subject to availability). Please check any pre-requisite requirements prior to enrolling.

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Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

Plus

OPTION 1

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OPTION 2

12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) elective unit.

Year 2, Semester 1

Plus

OPTION 1

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OPTION 2

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12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) elective unit.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Bachelor/Honours degree: Successful completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Bachelor/Honours Degree; OR
    Successful completion of a non-cognate (any discipline) Bachelor/Honours Degree and a Graduate Certificate in a cognate (similar discipline) field.
  • Other: Applicants who have successfully completed a non-cognate (any discipline) Bachelor/Honours Degree, are directed to the 2 year Master of Business (Accounting) course.

How to apply for this course

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Direct applications due 2 August 2017.

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