Master in Accounting – Study

This one-year advanced qualification aims to develop internationally minded graduates who need specialist accounting skills and knowledge, to help them pass their CPA Australia exams.

When you study this course, you will be offered courses for the subjects of the CPA program offered by CPA Australia. You will be required to pass all CPA program exams administered by CPA Australia and meet all CPA Australia program requirements. You will be responsible for all fees, including subject examination fees.

You will further enhance your abilities in areas such as financial accounting, management accounting, governance and auditing. This course will help you provide high-level advice to management and governing bodies and take on leadership positions in the workplace.

Towards the end of your course, you will undertake an industry-related capstone experience, including an internship, research project or study tour. You can also attend employee presentations to expand your networks, with former companies such as Coca-Cola Amatil, Grant Thornton and Nexia.

To note: If you do not currently hold a bachelor’s degree in accounting, you should instead apply for the two-year Master’s in Professional Accounting.

Why study

  • Curtin is currently the only university in Western Australia to offer a master’s degree integrated into the CPA program. This will allow you to both gain a Master’s level qualification and benefit from academic support, while preparing for the CPA program exams.
  • The Curtin Accounting Association can help you grow your network and connect with the industry. The association is run by Curtin accounting students and is sponsored by CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants, EY, KPMG and the Curtin Student Guild.
  • The additional knowledge and expertise you gain in this course could help you progress into a management role. You will broaden your understanding of accounting through theoretical study and real-life cases.

Professional recognition

This course is recognized by CPA Australia. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be registered as a Chartered Accountant.

This course also meets the core competency requirements of professional accountancy bodies including Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and ACCA.

Career information


  • Certified accountant
  • Accounting director
  • Senior Accountant
  • Financial director


  • Accounting
  • Finance and investment
  • Government
  • Law
  • Resources and renewable energies

What you will learn

  • apply the principles of financial accounting, management accounting, governance and auditing to grasp the theoretical foundations of the discipline. Expand the knowledge base with research and application of business research methods.
  • apply critical and analytical thinking to develop innovative solutions to complex problems in relevant business areas.
  • locate, extract and critically evaluate information from a variety of sources and communicate it effectively using structured financial language or other appropriate language to a professional audience for various purposes.
  • develop ongoing, self-directed, reflective professional education regarding developments and changes in the reporting requirements of a global financial system that is multi-perspective in nature, and apply International Financial Reporting Standards.
  • recognize that cultural practices and differences impact business efforts and interpersonal relationships. Work effectively in multicultural team environments.
  • demonstrate a professional and ethical approach to analyzing and reporting on business activities demonstrating qualities of leadership, collaboration and independence when required, in accordance with appropriate legislation and protocols.

Admission criteria

A qualification, majoring in Accountancy, recognized at AQF Level 7. In addition, you must have Curtin’s English language skills.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. The specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
In writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listen 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You can demonstrate your English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Advanced long

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for Recognized Learning Credit (CRL), which means your previous study is recognized and compared to a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units of your course and means that you could complete your degree in a shorter time frame.

CRL is also known as Prior Learning Recognition, Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how many CRLs you are entitled to or contact us at:

Web form: submit here

Curtin Connection: 1300 222 888

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For start dates, please consult the academic calendar.

Every effort is made to ensure course location information is up to date, but please note that it is subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program it offers, to impose limits on enrollment in any unit or program and/or to change the terms and conditions of any program.

How to register

Please see information on how to apply for your chosen campus

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please see our application deadlines page for more information.

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