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Master of Commerce (Professional Accounting: CPA Australia Extension stream)

MCom(Curtin) - 314705

Curtin Business School

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.

Professional recognition

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

Career opportunities

You can gain positions in public practice accounting and business.

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).

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.

 

Units

Current students: Please refer to the Handbook's full course structure when enrolling.

Credits needed to graduate: 400

Core units Hrs/Wk Credit
Year 1 Semester 1
Finance Principles 515 3.0 25.0
Financial Accounting 520 3.0 25.0
Fundamentals of Business and Corporations Law 565 3.0 25.0
Managerial Accounting 530 3.0 25.0
Year 1 Semester 2
Accounting Information Systems 531 3.0 25.0
Corporate Accounting Issues 521 3.0 25.0
Economic Principles 515 3.0 25.0
Quantitative Methods for Accounting 516 3.0 25.0

See Courses Handbook for full course structure


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Entry requirements:

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.

Where:

Bentley or Sydney
This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.

When:

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.

How:

Full-time or part-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

Expected completion: 2 years
Minimum completion: 1 years

Fees (indicative first year only)

Year Student type Cost
2014 Domestic Fee Paying $27,200*

* Based on a 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.

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2013 entry requirements:

Minimum English language entry requirements:

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6
Speaking 6
Reading 6
Listening 6
Overall band score 6.5

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade C

Pearson Test of English Academic: 58

Where:

Bentley or Sydney
This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.

When:

February or July

How:

Full-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Fees for 2013:

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

2014 entry requirements:

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.

Minimum English language entry requirements:

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6
Speaking 6
Reading 6
Listening 6
Overall band score 6.5

Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): Grade C

Pearson Test of English Academic: 58

Where:

Bentley or Sydney
This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.

When:

February or July

How:

Full-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Fees for 2014:

International onshore - fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $15,100
Indicative year 1 fee $30,400
Total indicative course fee $62,100
Indicative essential incidental course fee $60

*The indicative fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International's offshore site.

CRICOS: 078409G

This page was last updated on 25 October 2013