Master of Professional AccountingCareer
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.
Graduate roles may include:
- Working with senior managers on planning and disclosing social and environmental activities of the organisation
- Monitoring and reporting on the cash flow and financial resources of the organisation
- Preparing information for organisational strategies
- Preparing integrated reports for financial and sustainability reporting
- Participating in the preparation and evaluation of business plans
- Participating in the development and review of performance management systems
- Providing financial and taxation advice
- Running a small business.
Professional recognition and accreditation
The Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) is specifically designed to comply with the accreditation requirements of the professional accounting bodies in Australia: CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Upon completion of the MPA, students are also eligible to join either professional accounting body and commence studies in the CPA program offered by CPA Australia or the CA program offered by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, subject to meeting the relevant application criteria.
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) has accredited the program and awarded credit for modules in the CIMA Qualification Program.
Graduates are also eligible to apply for entry and receive exemptions into the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification program.
This program has been developed in consultation with stakeholders including: employers, professional bodies, alumni and students, the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
A key feature of the MPA program is the focus on work-integrated learning (WIL) activities in which students integrate academic learning with practical workplace experiences such as projects with industry and community based organisations. The WIL experience can give you an edge when you’re ready to start your career.
The designed WIL course for this program is Strategic Management Control Systems. In this course, you will work on a major team project to demonstrate your understanding of management accounting as a system for recording, processing, reporting and analysing information for effective costing and managerial decision-making. You will be involved in authentic engagement with partner organisations who provide feedback and insights about changes in a range of industries that affect management accounting systems in organisations.
Work-connected and industry-relevant options available for this program include:
Working in a student team as part of the Fastrack Innovation Program. In this elective course you will work with mentors to develop and present a solution to a real problem. This form of fast-prototyping is designed so that external organisations can tap into fresh thinking from RMIT students.
- A Business Internship elective where you take up a position for one or two days per week for one semester. This position is normally unpaid and is designed to develop your soft skills and increase your overall employability upon graduation.