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Professional Accounting: CPA Australia Extension Major (MCom)

MCom(Curtin) - MJRP-PRFAC Curtin Business School
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July

In order to enrol in the CPA Program, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are qualifiied and able to meet the requirements for associate membership for CPA Australia.

Duration 2 years full-time or equivalent part-time

This course allows you to obtain a master-level qualification from Curtin and receive academic support while you prepare for the CPA Program’s external examinations.

The course is suitable if you have graduated with an Australian bachelor degree or equivalent from a field other than accounting, and wish to pursue a career in professional accounting, or progress to senior or management roles.

What the course involves

This course is designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of accounting, including the professional knowledge and standards required for industry membership and advancement.

The course comprises 16 units which must be completed in two stages. On successful completion of the eight units, you can progress to the CPA Australia Extension stream and concurrently enrol in the professional level of the CPA Program with CPA Australia.

Why choose Curtin for this course?

We are the only Western Australian university to have CPA tuition provider status and the only WA university that offers you the opportunity to obtain a postgraduate qualification with tuition for the CPA Professional Program.

Similar courses are offered by universities in the eastern states, however the minimum duration of their courses is 2.5 years. Our course is only 2 years, which can be reduced to 1.5 years if 100 points of credit for recognised learning are granted.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

A recognised bachelor degree in a discipline other than accounting, or the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting from Curtin. You must also meet Curtin's English competency standards.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2017 Domestic fee paying Domestic fee-paying - A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government. Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees. $27,500*

Fees are indicative first year only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. 400 credits are needed to graduate from this course. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

Professional recognition

On successful completion of the first eight units, you will be eligible for associate membership to CPA Australia.

Credit for previous study

Applications for credit for recognised learning (CRL) are assessed on an individual basis. If you have completed a Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting from Curtin, you will receive 200 credit points towards this course.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL)

Career opportunities

You can gain positions in public practice accounting and business.

How this course will make you industry ready

While enrolled in the master degree, you can receive tuition from experienced academics for the CPA Program professional level, to prepare you for your external CPA Program examinations. The main areas of study in this course include corporation and taxation law, financial accounting, and management accounting. With this advanced skill-set, you will be ready to move into an accounting career with a postgraduate qualification and will be well on your way to becoming a CPA.


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