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Professional Accounting (CPA Extension), Master

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  • 24 months
If you're from a non-accounting background then this Professional Accounting (CPA Extension) from RMIT University is for you.


Fast-track your accounting career

The content of the CPA Program™ is integrated with the RMIT masters program, so you can gain an academic and professional qualification in just two years.  Access teaching and learning support from the university’s leading professors, plus CPA Program™ study guides while you prepare for the CPA Australia external examinations.

Stand out and move forward

This masters degree in accounting allows you to build on your knowledge, regardless of the discipline you’ve studied or your work history. If you're changing career or exploring a new interest, this program is a great way to gain specialist knowledge and expand your academic and practical experience.

A partnership you can count on

Delivered in partnership with CPA Australia, RMIT is one of eight providers in Australia that offers the Master of Professional Accounting (CPA Australia Extension). Courses are delivered by our leading academics, many of whom have been involved in the design, writing and/or examination of CPA Program™ subjects.


The Professional Accounting (CPA Extension) from RMIT University offers specialised studies in accounting and the opportunity to focus on strategy, leadership and international business so you will emerge with the knowledge and confidence to apply technical accounting and theories to accounting problems.

Adding a Master of Professional Accounting and the CPA professional qualification to existing qualifications gives graduates a wide range of career options.


This program is accredited by CPA Australia.

Programme Structure


  • Case studies, projects and assignments will give you the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts in a practical way.
  • Explore a complex problem, and test and evaluate potential solutions with industry and community stakeholders in the course Business Research Design.
  • Six CPA Program™ subjects are embedded in the final part of the program.
  • Complete CPA Program™ subjects in a familiar university environment, designed to enhance your preparation for CPA Program™ examinations that lead to attaining the academic components of the CPA Program.
  • Graduates eligible for Full CPA Australia membership (If they meet the work experience requirement of CPA Australia and have passed the six CPA exams in the program).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: It’s important you complete the enrolment details and arrive in Melbourne before your classes start.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

This degree is suitable for graduates who hold a bachelor degree in any discipline who wish to obtain a qualification that is recognised by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

  • Holders of an Australian bachelor degree in accounting that was accredited by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand do not need to complete this degree for Australian professional accounting association recognition purposes.
  • This degree may not be suitable for applicants who have completed a non-Australian bachelor degree in accounting with courses/subjects equivalent to those which are specified for Associate membership of CPA Australia.
  • CRICOS provider number: 088092G

Tuition Fee

  • International

    35480 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 35480 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    27840 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27840 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Melbourne

  • 1501 - 2660 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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