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Master of Professional Accounting (Extended)




What will I learn?

Swinburne’s Master of Professional Accounting (Extended) is our top-of-the-range MPA program. This professionally accredited course includes a choice of three specialisations: business analytics, finance, and the CPA Australia extension*. Gain specialised knowledge and research skills relevant across industry sectors and prepare for senior roles where you will be relied upon for your valuable insights and analysis.

Swinburne’s strong industry connections will ensure your learning experience is practical with expert guest speakers, topical projects, real-world case histories and embedded use of industry software Xero. Choose the business analytics specialisation and develop your expertise in booming areas such as data visualisation, predictive analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and insights, mobile applications and social networks. Choose the finance specialisation to delve more deeply into finance and banking areas of interest, such as corporate financial management, capital markets, business and entity valuations and risk management.

Course description

The Master of Professional Accounting (Extended) is designed for students who wish to obtain specialized 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 specialized learning as successful completion of the Master of Professional Accounting (Extended) 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 the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

Career opportunities

This course provides an avenue for graduates to achieve professional recognition and help fill the shortage of professionally recognized accountants. As many candidates 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

apply coherent and developed knowledge of accounting and business-related concepts in diverse contexts and applications using critical thinking

apply problem solving, design and decision-making methodologies to identify and provide innovative solutions to complex problems with reference to established frameworks

communicate proficiently in professional practice to a variety of audiences, function as an effective member or leader of a diverse team, and use the basic tools and practices of accounting within project work

demonstrate integrity, ethical conduct, accountability, respect and a developing awareness of professional practices and cultural norms in a global and sustainable context

apply accounting and business fundamentals to the analysis, design and operation of a business model using appropriate accounting and business methods and tools

reflect on and take responsibility for their own learning and self-management processes, and develop skills to review, reflect on and plan to improve their professional performance

Which department am I in?




Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$40,200.00 (21,94,323) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

31 July 2023, 26 February 2024


Swinburne University of Technology

Hawthorn Campus,

John Street,



3122, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A recognized bachelor degree in any discipline or Masters Qualifying Program. English language requirements: Swinburne’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP 5 Advanced level) with overall 70%, all skills 65%; minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0; TOEFL iBT (internet-based) minimum score of 79 with a reading band no less than 18 and writing band no less than 20; Pearson (PTE) minimum score of 58 (no communicative skills less than 50).

For international students

A recognized bachelor’s degree in any discipline or

a Graduate Certificate of Professional Accounting * (For students without a recognised bachelor degree) or

completion of the Postgraduate Qualifying Program (International applicants only)

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic Module): Overall 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0

Pearson (PTE) minimum score of 58 (no communicative skills less than 50)

TOEFL iBT (internet-based) -79 (no less than 13 in reading, 12 in listening, 18 in speaking 21 in writing)

C1 Advanced - 176, no band less than 169

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne is one of the world’s top young universities, offering industry-aligned courses taught by teachers who are experts in their field.

  • 45th in the Top 50 Under 50 universities in the world
  • Ranked 81st in the world by THE Young University Rankings
  • Rated 82.2% for overall teaching quality
  • 5-stars for teacher- student ratio & overall experience