Course location

4 trimesters of study

Course code


February, May, August, October & November

Course fee (2021)
A$12,670 per semester

Study a globally recognised accounting degree and gain a strong foundation and conceptual knowledge of recent developments in sustainability and global trends in accounting.

Develop specialist knowledge in accounting, economics and finance and learn the skills you need to succeed in a senior accounting position in a variety of industries.

Upon completion of this course, you'll be eligible to apply for accreditation with CPA Australia and/or Chartered Accountants - Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ)*

* You may be eligible to apply for accreditation with Chartered Accountants - Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) as long as you have successfully completed BLO5539 - Australian income Tax Law and Practice. Please note that for CA ANZ accreditation, exemption for BEO6501 - Quantitative Analysis as an integrated unit applies only if BLO5539- Australian income tax law and practice is completed successfully in your BMAK study. For further information, refer to the full course structure provided below.

* See the details for CPA and CA ANZ requirements for Victoria University Sydney course.


Employment opportunities for accountants are very good and span a variety of roles in many different business settings such as public accounting practice, commercial, and government organisations.

Other types of positions are:

  • General Accountant
  • Taxation Accountant
  • Management Accountant


This course is CPA Australia and Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia accredited.

Course structure

View the Master of Business (Accounting) course structure for detailed information, including the recommended order to take the following units of study:

Core & foundation units

  • Business Research Methods
  • Business Ethics and Sustainability
  • Business Economics
  • Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
  • Marketing Management
  • Work and Organisation Systems

Specialisation units

  • Managerial Accounting
  • Professional Auditing
  • Financial and Corporate Accounting
  • Business Finance
  • Issues in Contemporary Accounting
  • Accounting Systems and Processes
  • Business and Company Law
  • Business Research Project

Research component

Plus two of the following elective units:

  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Managerial Control Systems
  • Financial Services Communication

Or complete a Minor Thesis:

  • Business Research Proposal
  • Business Research Thesis.

Block Model delivery

From Semester 1, 2021, all postgraduate business programs will transition to postgraduate 8-week Block Model delivery from a trimester-based delivery.

Entry requirements

English language requirements

You must provide evidence that you have completed an approved English language test, and achieved the result as described below:

  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL Internet: Overall score 79 (section scores no less than: Listening 19, Speaking 19, Reading 18, Writing 22)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score 58-64 (no section score less than 50)
  • University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Total score of 176 (no individual band less than 169)
  • VU English - University Preparation UPU (Undergraduate): Achieved
  • English Language School in Sydney (ELSIS)- EAP 2 (advanced): A grade.

Recognition of prior English language studies

If you have completed a qualification where English was the primary language of instruction, you may be eligible for an English language exemption. Check our Guide to English Language Requirements to find out if you qualify.

Students who do not meet the English language requirements may choose to undertake an intensive English course at the English Language School in Sydney (ELSIS).

Academic requirements

Entry into the Master of Business (Accounting) requires you to have completed:

  • Bachelor/Honours degree: Successful completion of a non-cognate (any discipline) Bachelor/Honours Degree and a Graduate Certificate in a cognate (similar discipline) field.
    Successful completion of a non-cognate (any discipline) Bachelor/Honours Degree and four years full-time work experience post-graduation including at least 2 of the 4 years full-time work experience gained while working in a dedicated supervisory/management role as approved by the College.
  • International: In addition to satisfying the Bachelor/Honours Degree or Mature Age admission requirements, International Students must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language as demonstrated by: International English Language Testing System or its equivalent - overall score of 6.5 and no individual band score less than 6.
  • Mature: In the absence of a Bachelor/Honours Degree, 7 years full-time work experience including at least 3 of the 7 years full-time work experience gained while working in a dedicated supervisory/management role in business, logistics or supply chain management as approved by the College.

Your eligibility will be assessed when we receive your complete application.

Admission requirements in your country

Find out if you meet the minimum academic (international qualification) requirements to be eligible to apply for this course by reviewing the  academic entry requirements listed by country.

Applicants must be aged 18 or over to be eligible to apply for this course.

Credit for skills & 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.

Apply for this course

Submit an application to study this course at VU Sydney.

Please note that all tuition fees are subject to an annual increase each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year. This increase will be reflected in invoicing issued to you. This annual increase in fees is covered as part of the agreed terms and conditions of your Letter of Offer.