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Next intake: 
16 July 2018
2.5 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications for next intake due 8 July 2018


Aim for a high-level role managing finance and investments, with a Master of Business (Accounting)/Master of Finance from VU.

Our double masters has a targeted, specialised focus on finance and accounting. It is designed for students from non-accounting backgrounds who want to develop the specialist skills needed for accounting and finance roles.

You'll gain hands-on market analysis and trading expertise through virtual trading, using real-world stockmarket databases. You'll come to understand how accounting and finance systems and requirements drive public and private sector organisations.

Your global perspective in contemporary financial markets will be combined with practical skills in accounting. These are underpinned with critical thinking, problem solving and communication, to give you an in-demand skill set for a financially rewarding profession.

The Master of Business (Accounting) / Master of Finance program provides professional recognition, with entry to membership of CPA Australia or the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Victoria University’s business college provides networks and guidance from the business community.

We have well-established industry connections, to help you find your way into a professional role.

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A Master of Business from VU set Samuel Manhom down the path to an Accounts Officer role and award-winning community position.

Careers in finance and accounting

The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations has identified accounting as an industry with a national skills shortage. Employment opportunities for accountants are very good and span a variety of roles in many different business settings such as: 

  • public accounting practice
  • commercial work
  • government organisation positions. 

Other types of positions include:

  • general accountant
  • taxation accountant
  • management accountant.

Finance positions include:

  • financial manager 
  • financial analyst
  • financial investment manager.

The Australian national public website, Job Outlook, has these averaged salaries:

Course structure

To attain the awards, Master of Business (Accounting) and Master of Finance, students will be required to complete 240 credit points consisting of:

  • 72 credit points Core Business units
  • 156 credit points Professional Core units
  • 12 credit points Capstone Research Project unit

College Core Units

Accounting Professional Core Units

Finance Professional Core Units

Capstone Research Project Unit

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 and finance 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 and finance contexts.  
  4. Demonstrate accountability in autonomous and collaborative judgements and innovative strategic thinking in response to contemporary and future business/ accounting/ finance 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.  

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.


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.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Full-fee

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

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.

  • Mature: Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
    Completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
    Applicants without an undergraduate qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate (in the same discipline) based on approved work experience. Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate, graduates will be eligible for admission to this course with credit granted for completed units.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

How to apply

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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Direct applications are due on 8 July 2018 for our next intake which starts on 16 July 2018.

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