Master of Business Administration (International)/Master of Professional Accounting

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  • Objectives
    The MBA(International) aims to develop business managers, particularly business managers operating in an international context, with the capabilities of dealing with all aspects of an organisation’s management. The MPA aims to provide graduates with the opportunity to undertake studies leading towards Associate membership of CPA Australia or entry into the Institute of Chartered Accountants to undertake the professional year CA Program. This combined course will enable students to undertake postgraduate coursework study across a greater range of units and disciplines than is possible in a single course, thereby enhancing their knowledge and understanding of business.
  • Entry requirements
    # A recognised 3-year bachelors degree or equivalent in any discipline; # A grade point average (GPA) of 65% or above in the bachelors degree program; and # Evidence of having completed an undergraduate degree in English or an English language test that meets the current University requirements.
  • Academic title
    Master of Business Administration (International)/Master of Professional Accounting
  • Course description
    Professional recognition
    Completion of the appropriate selection of units within the Master of Professional Accounting allows students to study some of the units required for eligibility for entry as an associate member of CPA Australia, and meets the educational requirements for entry into the CA program of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA). Students however may not be able to take all required units within the normal units required to complete the combined course.

    Fees and charges
    Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
    EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

    Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
    A Fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
    Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

    *Indicative course fees should be used as a guide only. Deakin University assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. The indicative course fee is an estimate based on a typical enrolment a student may have for their first year of study in 2009 for their course. The indicative course fee is based on historical first year enrolments within the course, reflecting the discipline cluster of the units which may be studied within the course. The actual fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen. The cost of each unit can be viewed at Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services.

    Career opportunities
    A qualification in accounting opens the door to many employment opportunities and a huge variety of business careers.
    Over the past few years, the accounting profession has seen a fundamental shift from a role that was seen as providing financial information and number crunching towards a wide-ranging advisory role. Today's accountants are now seen as providers of business management information.

    Accountants can choose to work in a range of different environments depending on their own skills and preferences. They can choose to work in large firms, small public practices, industry, government or education. Many also set up their own businesses. Whilst graduates of this course would typically seek employment in the traditional areas of accounting, given the fundamental shift of accountants towards a wide-ranging advisory role, career opportunities are becoming available in the following areas also:

        * financial planners
        * investment advisers
        * market analysts
        * tax consultants
        * advisers in mergers and acquisitions
        * corporate recovery and insolvency
        * treasury banking
        * e-commerce or IT

    By combining this with a Master of Business (International) which is oriented towards business operations in a global context, students can also seek to pursue a career in an international environment. It is an ideal qualification for students wishing to be involved with national and multinational corporations, governments and/or agencies that operate cross nationally and provides a foundation in all areas of international business operations including Banking, Finance, Marketing, Economics, Strategy and Human Resources Management giving graduates considerable scope for employment in today's global business environment.

    Course rules
    The Master of Business Administration (International)/Master of Professional Accounting comprises 16 credit points of study comprising 11 credit points of core units, 2 credit points from a specified list of three units, and 3 credit points of units not previously studied from the Master of Professional Accounting.

    Course structure

    Core units

    MAA702 Corporate Accounting  1 2

    MAA703 Management Accounting  1 2

    MAA704 Accounting Theory  1 2

    MPA701 Accounting  

    MPE707 International Banking and Finance  

    MPE781 Economics for Managers  1

    MPT753/MPF753 Finance  1 2#

    MPM703 Business Strategy and Analysis  

    MPA751 Financial Reporting and Analysis  


    MPR751/MPT751 Unit description is currently unavailable  *#

    MPR732/MPK732 Marketing Management  *


    MPT735/MPM735 International Business Management  #

    Elective units
    2 credit points of units from:

    MPE711 Global Trade and Markets  

    MPK701 Research Design and Analysis  

    MPM722 Human Resource Management  

    MPT722/MPR722 Human Resource Management (Residential)  * #


    Plus 3 credit points of units from:

    MAA705 Corporate Auditing  2 3

    MLC703 Principles of Income Tax Law  2 3

    MLM720 Introduction to Commercial Law  1 2

    MLM731 Corporations Law  1 2

    MPC701 Information Systems for Business  1

    MSQ791 Data Analysis for Managers  1


    or units from the Master of International Finance and the Master of Wealth Management .


    Other postgraduate units may be taken subject to the approval of the Course Team Chair.


    * MPR code denotes residential version of unit.

    # MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit.


    1 Required by CPA Australia for Associate Membership (10 units in all, see note 3).
    2 Required by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia for entry to the CA Program (9 units in all).
    3 For candidates who have completed an accredited degree in Australia, this unit may be taken as part of the CPA program. Other students must complete this unit before becoming an Associate Member of CPA Australia. These other students must take 12 units in all.

    Students should carefully note the trimesters when units are offered to ensure that all required units can be completed in the appropriate time frame.

     Students who wish to enter the CA or CPA programs are advised that it is their responsibility to ensure that they take the appropriate units required for entry. Students who have completed prior undergraduate or graduate units in accounting or other core knowledge areas are advised to have their qualifications assessed by their preferred professional organisation to ensure they complete the correct units.

    Admission requirements - general
    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
    For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide

    Admission requirements - specific
    # A recognised 3-year bachelors degree or equivalent in any discipline;
    # A grade point average (GPA) of 65% or above in the bachelors degree program; and
    # Evidence of having completed an undergraduate degree in English or an English language test that meets the current University requirements.

    Advanced standing - general
    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Advanced Standing System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    How to apply

    Applications must be made directly to the university through the Applicant Portal referring to closing dates for applications as dates for particular courses may vary.

    Your faculty may require further information from you when submitting your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

    Advanced Standing / Credit for Prior Study
    Advanced standing into the Master of Business Administration (International)/Master of Professional Accounting may be granted to students who have successfully completed appropriate postgraduate studies. There are negotiated advanced standing arrangements in place for CPA members.

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