Master of Professional Accounting

University of Tasmania

Program Overview

Accounting is more than number crunching. Studying accounting with us can take you far beyond the office desk and computer screen – both during your studies and after graduation.

With our practical internships and work experience opportunities, you will engage with Tasmanian industry during your studies, providing real world experience and building connections to help forge your future career.


If you don’t have a formal accounting qualification and want to break into this thriving field, our Master of Professional Accounting is the perfect place to start. You will have various opportunities to gain practical experience through internships via our Work Ready Program (available to students studying at our Launceston campus) and Tax Clinic (available to students studying at our Hobart and Launceston campuses), and our highly qualified industry experts will prepare you for accounting roles all over the world.  This course is also ideal for anyone in the industry who wants to upskill and meet the academic requirement of professional accounting qualifications.


A career in accounting is about providing expert consultation and helping businesses with sound judgement and decision making. You could find yourself providing financial advice for an exciting new start up business or advising innovative, sustainable solutions as a climate change accountant.


As future accounting professionals, you also have the power to make a difference to the world in which we live. Accountants are being called upon to 'be the global voice on climate action’^. From quantifying the financial impact of climate issues, through to ensuring climate reporting meets compliance requirements, accountants are helping to support a worldwide effort to enhance and improve climate change reporting.



  Course Duration

18 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 37,208



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To graduate from the Master of Professional Accounting course, a student must satisfactorily complete 200 credit points of study comprising:

  • 50 credit points of Transition units
  • 100 credit points of Core units
  • 50 credit points of specialisation units in one of the three specialisation areas: 
  • Accounting for Sustainable Business,
  • Financial Planning,
  • Healthcare Accounting and Administration
  • 50 credit points of research/project work has been embedded across multiple core units


The Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) welcomes students with a background in accounting, in addition to those without that background but with an interest in a postgraduate accounting qualification.


The MPA is a 2 year full time course for those without prior study in a related area. If you have completed prior study in accounting or a related area, you may be eligible for four units’ worth of credit which will allow you to complete the course in 1.5 years. Alternatively, if you have completed prior study in a related area you may wish to forego that credit and instead study a 2 year course.


If you want to complete the course in Launceston using 4 units’ worth of credit, you must commence the course in Semester 2.

In addition to the requirements for domestic applicants, international applicants must also provide one of the following:

  • IELTS 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL (iBT) 88 (no skill below: Reading 16; Listening 16; Speaking 18; Writing 22)
  • PTE Academic 58 with no score lower than 50
  • Successful completion of English for Academic Purposes 2 at the University of Tasmania with a minimum overall score of 65% (no individual score less than 60%); or provide evidence that you have approved Prior Studies in English

Course cost based on a rate of $37,208 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

Accountants are needed in every industry. They provide sound advice on all financial aspects of a business, including financial reporting, taxation, auditing, cost management, and planning and decision making for organisations. The skill level rating for accountants in Australia is consider very high and the number of accountant jobs is estimated to grow by 17,000 by 2025*.


As a graduate of the Masters of Professional Accounting, you may choose to apply to become a member of a recognised accounting institution, such as Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ). Other exciting career paths to consider with your Masters Degree could include senior management, business analyst, software development, or consultancy.

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