Sorry, this program is not available for local students.
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Sorry, this program is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.
If you hold a different visa type, you may be eligible. Please contact us for more information.
Melbourne City or online via OUA
Unique in Melbourne, our program offers an academic and professional qualification for people from non-accounting backgrounds who want to specialise in accounting and become a qualified accountant.
RMIT’s Master of Professional Accounting (CPA Extension) is a professionally accredited program delivered in partnership with CPA Australia. RMIT University is the only university in Victoria that currently offers this program.
The distinctive structure of the program aligns the content of six of its 16 courses with the content of six subjects within the CPA Program™ conducted by CPA Australia. By enrolling in RMIT’s Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) (CPA Extension) program you can achieve a master degree and the CPA designation concurrently.
Courses in the MPA (CPA Extension) program are delivered by leading academics, many of whom have been involved in the design, writing and/or examination of CPA Program™ subjects.
The MPA (CPA Extension) program offers you an opportunity to focus on the dynamics of strategy, leadership, and international business and contemporary issues in risk management, forensic accounting and sustainability. An additional feature is the focus on work-integrated-learning activities in which students integrate academic learning with practical workplace experiences such as projects with industry and community based organisations.
At the conclusion of the program, you will appreciate accounting as a technical and social practice and emerge with the confidence, skills, capabilities and accounting know-how to apply your learned theories to solve technical challenges and accounting problems.
If you don't wish to pursue full membership with CPA Australia, you may wish to consider the Master of Professional Accounting.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent (without advanced standing)
Depending on your previous studies and experience you could also be eligible for credit towards your program. Credit granted may reduce the amount of study you need to complete.
For more information please see RMIT’s credit transfer and recognition of prior learning policy.
Your classes will mostly be held at the Swanston Academic Building where innovative learning spaces are interspersed with retail and social spaces resulting in a stimulating environment for business students.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations andgroup discussions.
Through RMIT University’s online learning portal, myRMIT, you will be able to view online resources and learning activities created by lecturers, access course materials via Blackboard, collaborate with lecturers and fellow students, and access your student email account.
Educational software, the Learning Hub, other online and digital resources and printers are accessible on campus via the RMIT wireless network using your own laptop, tablet or smart phone or via computer facilities on-campus. You will be able to access the same software from home using myDesktop.
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Ongoing assessment throughout the semester may include examinations, essays, reports, presentations, group projects, research projects, quizzes and tests, blog journals and practical assignments.
CPA Program™ Segments (CPA courses)
The materials used in these courses will be a combination of the study materials and online resources CPA Australia provides to applicants in its CPA Program™ and materials prepared by the RMIT School of Accounting.
You will undertake examinations in the CPA Program™ subjects in addition to ongoing assessment in the related Master of Professional Accounting course.
This program is also offered through Open Universities Australia (OUA). To study in online mode, please apply through OUA.
RMIT is a Registered Tuition Provider – Category B for the CPA Program™.
Business practitioners, lecturers from industry, guest speakers and industry-relevant projects underpin the work integrated learning components of this program. An industry advisory board ensures current standards and practice are reflected in this program.
As part of the program, you will have an opportunity to apply your academic skills to a work-based context in the core course Strategic Management Control Systems. In other courses, the practical application of theoretical concepts will be achieved through activities such as case studies, projects and assignments. These opportunities to integrate academic learning with practical workplace experiences can give you an edge when you’re ready to start your career.
Our program 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.
Graduates may work in small, medium or large organisations in public accounting practice, commerce, government or the not-for-profit sector. You may even consider the exciting possibility of starting your own business as a professional accountant (CPA).
Graduate roles may include:
- Working with senior executives on managing and disclosing social and environmental activities of the organisation.
- Monitoring and reporting on the cash flow and financial resources of the organisation
- Advising business on strategies for value creation
- Preparing integrated reports for financial and sustainability reporting
- Preparing and evaluating business plans
- Developing and reviewing performance management systems
- Providing financial and taxation advice
- Running a small business.
Students who successfully complete the first ten courses of the program are eligible to apply for associate membership of CPA Australia. Prior to commencing the six CPA Program™ courses you will be required to apply for associate membership of CPA Australia and enrol in the CPA Program™.
Students and graduates are eligible to apply for membership with the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and the Institute of Public Accountants.
The Chartered Accountants professional body requires graduates to complete a professional qualification program to gain full membership.
Graduates are also eligible to apply for entry and receive exemptions into the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification program.