Develop state-of-the-art accounting knowledge to advance your career, with the Master of Professional Accounting at Victoria University.

This postgraduate qualification in accounting offers specialist knowledge and skills and a deep understanding of sustainability issues and global accounting trends.

During your study, you will undertake these specialist activities to graduate well-prepared for a senior accounting position:

  • execute case studies and business plans
  • assess and complete a substantial research project or evidence-based capstone activity
  • adapt cross-disciplinary knowledge to evaluate business decisions with creativity
  • develop specialist knowledge in accounting, economics and finance.

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 the Victoria University Sydney course.


Employment opportunities for accountants are plentiful and span various roles in different industry settings, including public accounting practice, commercial and government organisations.

This course could lead to one of the following careers:

  • auditor
  • general accountant
  • project accountant
  • systems accountant
  • taxation accountant
  • management accountant.


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

Course structure

To attain the Master of Accounting, students will be required to complete 192 credit points consisting of:

  • 48 credit points college core units
  • 96 credit points professional core units
  • 12 credit points BMO5501 Business Ethics and Sustainability; and,
  • 12 credit points BMO7006 Applied Business Project (Capstone); and,
  • 24 credit points elective units. Please check any pre-requisite requirements prior to enrolling.

View the Master of Professional Accounting course structure for detailed information. 

Business Core Units

Accounting for Management
Unit code: BAO6504 
Credits: 12

Data Analysis for Business
Unit code: BEO6000 
Credits: 12

Business Economics
Unit code: BEO6600 
Credits: 12

Work and Organisation Systems
Unit code: BMO6506 
Credits: 12

Professional Core Units

Managerial Accounting
Unit code: BAO5522 
Credits: 12

Professional Auditing
Unit code: BAO5524 
Credits: 12

Financial and Corporate Accounting
Unit code: BAO5525 
Credits: 12

Business Finance
Unit code: BAO5534 
Credits: 12

Issues in Contemporary Accounting
Unit code: BAO5535 
Credits: 12

Accounting Systems and Processes
Unit code: BAO5543 
Credits: 12

Australian Income Tax Law and Practice
Unit code: BLO5539 
Credits: 12

Business and Company Law
Unit code: BLO5540 
Credits: 12

Core Units

Business Ethics and Sustainability
Unit code: BMO5501
Credits: 12

Applied Business Project
Unit code: BMO7006 
Credits: 12

24 credit points elective units

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. Adapt cross disciplinary knowledge to evaluate business decisions with creativity for emerging professional accounting contexts
  4. Exhibit accountability in autonomous and collaborative judgements and innovative strategic thinking in response to emerging business/ accounting challenges in complex contexts
  5. Formulate, implement and evaluate industry-specific investigations to resolve complex professional problems and inform management decision making as a reflective practitioner;
  6. Articulate recommendations and conclusions 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 contemporary work environment, acting consistently, ethically and socially responsibly to achieve sustainable economic and social goals
  8. Evaluate and execute an evidence-based research project as a capstone activity informing effective accounting practice to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at abstract and practical levels.


Entry 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.

If you've 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 (PDF, 210 KB) 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).

Entry into the Master of Professional 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.

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've completed one or more of the following courses, you'll be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

BSB80120 Graduate Diploma of Management (Learning), ECA College - you will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.


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.

Continuing students – BMAK

Students who are continuing to study in the older version of this course – Master of Business (Accounting) (BMAK) - should refer to the course structure outlined in the course guide which covers course requirements.

If you need any further support for course information for Master of Business (Accounting) (BMAK) you can contact the Acting Course Coordinator Dr Khaled Kourouche directly at [email protected]

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