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The Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) is designed to equip graduates holding a recognised bachelor's qualification, graduate certificate or graduate diploma in any field, and at a standard acceptable to IMC standards, with the necessary skills and knowledge for a career in professional accounting. The course satisfies the academic requirements for entry to the Australian professional accountancy bodies and an opportunity for a national or international career in accounting.

The course aims to provide students with the required foundations in accounting and related areas, as well as an understanding of the way in which accounting supports business activities.

The program is taught by academic staff active in research, and students are exposed to professional and scholarly developments that have been achieved through research activity.


1.5 year full-time or part-time equivalent


On campus (Eveleigh NSW 2015 or Hobart TAS 7000)


Refer to key dates


  • An Australian bachelor's degree (or equivalent qualification, including an overseas qualification)
  • Completion of a Graduate Certificate in Accounting or Graduate Diploma of Accounting, or
  • Completion of IMC's Postgraduate Preparation Program



Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available and will be assessed in accordance with IMC's RPL policy and procedure. Please refer to the Application for Recognition of Prior Learning and the RPL policy and procedure for further details.


This course contains 12 core subjects in accounting and related fields.

Term 1 Core Units

  • TACC601 Principles of Accounting
  • TECO602 Economic Environment of Business
  • TLAW607 Business and Corporations Law
  • TSTA602 Quantitative Methods for Accounting and Finance

Exit with a Graduate Certificate in Accounting

Term 2 Core Units

  • TACC606* Accounting Theory and Applications
  • TACC607* Managerial Accounting
  • TFIN603 Corporate Finance
  • TTEC602 Big Data for Business

Exit with a Graduate Diploma in Accounting

Term 3 Core Units

  • TACC605* Corporate Accounting
  • TACC608* Auditing and Assurance Services
  • TACC615* Professional Accounting Capstone
  • TLAW603* Taxation Law and Practice

Exit with a Master of Professional Accounting

To qualify for the degree of Master of Professional Accounting, a student must complete an aggregate of 12 core subjects (72 units of credit)

*Prerequisite/Co-requisite Requirements

Please note: The availability of units may be slightly different across campuses.


Assessment methods are designed to encourage learning, provide feedback and measure achievement of unit learning outcomes. Forms of assessment vary among units and include research reports, projects, essays, group work, presentations, problem solving and case studies as well as tests, quizzes and examinations. Students may be required to complete assessment tasks alone or in groups to encourage development of generic skills. Assessments generally require a written submission but may include an oral presentation. In capstone units, assessments may include industry engagement and an extensive report.


Upon successful completion of the MPA, students may apply to enrol in the Master of Professional Accounting and Business (MPAB) degree. Students progressing into the MPAB will be given credit for studies completed within the MPA degree.

With continuing high global demand for qualified accountants, graduates of the program have a wide range of career opportunities in accounting firms, government departments, banking and finance organisations, corporations and other related accounting fields.