Qualification Level



2 years full time or equivalent part time

Start Date

Mar, Jul, Nov



Become a qualified accountant

Take the next step in your business career by becoming a qualified accountant. Professionally accredited by CPA Australia and taught by practicing accountants, the Master of Professional Accounting from Swinburne gives you the skills you need to work in broad range of financial roles, from tax consultant to CFO. You'll learn to evaluate, analyse and communicate the financial position of an organisation, and make critical business decisions as part of a strategic team.

You will graduate as a qualified accountant, and you’ll be eligible to apply for membership of CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA). 

Career opportunities

Accounts Officer

Analyse the financial activities and maintain the growth targets of a business.

Tax Accountant

Prepare financial statements and income tax returns for clients.

Financial Accountant

Manage the production of statutory accounts, balance sheet reconciliation and budget control.

Company Accountant

Provide financial, compliance and strategic support to a business. 

Learning at Swinburne Online

Designed by accountants, for accountants

The Master of Professional Accounting is an internationally recognised qualification from a university ranked among the top 3% in the world. Taught by industry professionals, the course has been designed specifically to meet the requirements of Australia’s professional accounting bodies. You will graduate with an industry standard qualification, which will open doors to business opportunities both in Australia and overseas. 

A community of professionals

At Swinburne Online, you will form part of an online community of switched-on business students. You’ll learn from practicing accounting professionals, gain insights into areas of business you may not be familiar with, and form a valuable industry network. The connections you make could lead to your next career, or business venture.

A unique learning experience

You shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to study, so we have created a degree that can fit around it. Working to your own schedule, you’ll learn from industry professionals in a purpose-built online environment. Here you will work on real accounts, and develop practical skills and techniques you can apply in a range of industries. 

What you will learn

  • Accounting Cycle

    Analyse business activities with a thorough understanding of the accounting cycle and its systems

  • Performance

    Evaluate business performance in a range of diverse environments

  • Investing

    Analyse real financial data to make important investment decisions and find solutions

  • Corporate Accounting

    Implement rules and define strategies in a corporate accounting environment 

  • Management

    Make important decisions that contribute to the planning and management of a company

  • Tax

    Apply taxation concepts to real business situations

Support and assistance

Everyone has questions from time to time. That’s why we have a dedicated team of tutors and support staff on-call to help you, seven days a week. So whether you need help with analysing financial statements or have a technical issue, there’s always someone you can talk to.

Course units

Entry criteria

  • Have completed an undergraduate business qualification (non-accounting major)

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