18 months
40200 AUD/year
30600 AUD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Master of Professional Accounting at the Swinburne University of Technology combines a practical, hands-on MPA program with strong industry links and a clear pathway to professional recognition.

Visit the official programme website for more information


You’ll learn to provide crucial, comprehensive and specialist business analysis and compelling financial narratives to inform strategic investment and business decisions. Swinburne’s emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation is at the heart of this MPA. Our industry connections are combined with experiential learning through topical projects, case histories and expert guest speakers. You’ll graduate with a firm understanding of core knowledge and be job-ready with industry relevant skills in software such as Xero. The many electives on offer can help set you up for roles in areas such as banking, business consulting, information systems, finance, and manufacturing.

Career opportunities

This suite of Master of Professional Accounting at the Swinburne University of Technology provides an avenue for graduates to achieve professional recognition and help fill the shortage of professionally recognised accountants. As many graduates may already be established in a business career, the key vocational outcomes may arise from better current job performance together with new opportunities opening in the accounting and finance areas.

Aims and objectives

The Master of Professional Accounting course is designed for students who wish to obtain specialised knowledge and research skills in accounting and related areas of business. Students will learn to apply advanced conceptual and practical accounting knowledge to undertake rewarding careers in accounting and related areas of business. This course also provides a pathway for further specialised learning as successful completion of the Master of Professional Accounting may qualify students for associate membership to CPA Australia, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) or provide entry to the Chartered Accountants program of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Accounting Systems and Reporting 
  • Company Auditing
  • Managerial Accounting 
  • Taxation Principles and Planning 
  • Financial Accounting and Theory 
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Research 
  • Economics 
  • Business Modelling and Analysis 
  • Corporate Financial Management 
  • Corporations and Contract Law 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


150 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS code 067406B

  • a recognised bachelor degree in a related discipline or
  • a recognised bachelor degree in any discipline PLUS a minimum of two years equivalent full-time relevant professional experience* or
  • a Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting** or
  • completion of the Postgraduate Qualifying Program PLUS either previous Higher Education Study in a related discipline OR a minimum of two years equivalent full-time relevant professional experience* (International applicants only)

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

  • IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0
  • Swinburne’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP 5 Advanced level) with overall 70%, all skills 65%
  • Or equivalent measures available at English language requirements.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    40200 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 40200 AUD per year during 18 months.
  • National

    30600 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30600 AUD per year during 18 months.

Living costs for Melbourne

1501 - 2659 AUD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Our partners

Professional Accounting
Swinburne University of Technology


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!