Master of Professional Accounting (CPA Australia Extension)Program details
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 Australia Extension) is a professionally accredited program delivered in partnership with CPA Australia.
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 Australia Extension) program you can achieve a master degree and the CPA designation concurrently.
Courses in the MPA (CPA Australia 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 Australia 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.
How you will learn
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™ subjects (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.
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Depending on your previous studies and experience you could 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.
The Master degree comprises 16 core accounting courses.
- 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 full membership of CPA Australia.
- Complete all 16 courses for full membership of CPA Australia.
You will complete RMIT accounting courses in the first part of the program, followed by the Business Research Design course where you will explore complex and ambiguous problems, and test and evaluate potential solutions to demonstrate your discipline knowledge and your understanding of relevant research methodology.
The program includes six CPA Program™ professional level segments (CPA courses). To successfully complete the CPA Program™ you will need to undertake all specified courses and assessment including the CPA Program™ examinations.
It is recommended that you follow the sequence of courses presented in the enrolment structure.
RMIT students will receive high-level academic support and guidance by leading professors, many of whom have played a role in the development of the CPA Program™ subjects.
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RMIT has joined with CPA Australia to offer a postgrad accounting degree with CPA accreditation, designed for people from non-accounting backgrounds looking to gain new skills or switch careers.