What will I learn?

This course provides training in accounting primarily for those who do not have an accounting background. Successful completion of this course means that you will be eligible for professional accounting body associate membership.

This is an 18 month (12 unit) full-time or 3 year part-time course of study offered by the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics. The course is available in both on campus and off campus modes.

Course objectives

The MPA is primarily designed for graduates with an undergraduate degree, from disciplines other than accounting, to develop skills to meet the entry requirements necessary for Associate Membership of the professional accounting bodies. You develop the skills to question and find solutions by applying your technical knowledge and ability to research authentic situations in the accounting context. You also learn to interact within diverse groups and communicate your findings to both accountants and non-accountants through the most appropriate method.

Learning Outcomes

The Course Learning Outcomes are:

Research, critique and integrate advanced technical, specialist and theoretical knowledge with recent developments in commerce;
Clear and concise oral and written communication skills to justify business advice and ideas in diverse collaborative contexts involving both accountants and non-accountants;
Anticipate and solve complex problems and through this process demonstrate information literacy, judgement and the ability to apply theoretical and technical knowledge;
Apply interpersonal and collaborative skills when making decisions, and working with people from diverse backgrounds;
Seek and reflect on feedback to improve personal, professional and ethical conduct and initiate learning opportunities for self and others;
Reflect on issues of social responsibility and sustainability in the business context.

Career outcomes

This course offers participants from different academic and experiential backgrounds the opportunity to specialise in accounting for professional recognition purposes. Accounting is often cited as the language of business. People with accounting skills are in high demand in the business and corporate world embracing areas such as finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, banking and information systems, and such skills are increasingly important to groups performing an overview function such as directors.

Which department am I in?

Tasmanian School of Business and Economics



Study options

Full Time (1.5 Years)

Tuition fees
A$35,950.00 (US$ 25,653) per year
AUD $54,554 for the entire course

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

Start date

Expected February, July 2022


University of Tasmania

Hobart Campus,

Churchill Avenue,



7005, HOBART, Australia

Full Time (1.5 Years)

Tuition fees
A$35,950.00 (US$ 25,653) per year
AUD $54,554 for the entire course

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

Start date

Expected February 2022


Launceston Campus

Newnham Drive, Newnham,



7250, LAUNCESTON, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to most masters by coursework courses at the University of Tasmania require qualifications equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree. English language requirements: IELTS of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0, TOEFL (IBT) 72 (no skill below: Reading 16; Listening 16; Speaking 18; Writing 22); PTE Academic 50 with no score lower than 50; UTAS Access-English Level 7 - 60% (no individual score less than 60%); Cambridge CAE (Certificate of Advanced English) - B Grade; Cambridge CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) - C Grade; Cambridge BEC (Business English Certificate) Higher - C Grade.

For international students

For entry to this course, you need to have:

an undergraduate or Masters degree in a non-accounting discipline, or equivalent, from an approved tertiary institution; or
a Graduate Certificate, or equivalent, from an approved tertiary institution; or
qualifications, relevant work experience or other special circumstances, as approved by the Executive Dean or delegated authority.

International students must provide one of the following:

UTAS Access Level 7 with a minimum overall score of 60% and no individual skill below 60%; or
IELTS with an overall Band of 6 and no Band less than 6; or
TOEFL (iBT) overall score of 72 (no individual skill must be lower than Reading 16; Listening 16; Speaking 18; and, Writing 22); or
provide evidence that you have studied for 2 years full-time with English as the sole medium of instruction and examination.

These tests must not be more than 24 months old.

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


About University of Tasmania (UTAS)

The University of Tasmania is an excellent choice for international students with its quality education and unparalleled student life.

  • Australia’s premier university for teaching excellence
  • Teaching & research in state-of-the-art facilities
  • Students can benefit from its industry connections
  • Among global top two per cent of universities

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