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Master of Business Administration and Master of Professional Accounting MBPA

Program focus


The double degree in the Master of Business Administration and
the Master of Professional Accounting allows the learning objectives
of each program to be met. In addition, graduates will focus on professional
accounting study within the broader management context of the Master
of Business Administration, better preparing them for senior management
roles within organisations and acquiring enhanced generic skills offered
by that program. Graduates of the double degree will receive a testamur
for each degree.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Duration

2 years full-time, up to 6 years part-time

Professional accreditation

Master of Professional Accounting component

Graduates of this program will meet the educational entrance
requirements of CPA Australia and The Institute of Chartered
Accountants in Australia (ICAA). This provides Associate membership
of CPA Australia, eligibility to study the CPA professional exams
and eligibility to study the ICAA professional exams.

We recommend that graduates in Accounting from an overseas university
obtain a qualifications assessment from CPA Australia before applying
for admission. In many cases, such graduates may be required to complete
only 3 - 4 courses to achieve Associate membership. These can be studied
through a Graduate Certificate in Business.

Local recognition (for overseas students): For overseas candidates
seeking membership of their home accounting bodies, full members of
CPA Australia and/or ICAA are usually offered reciprocal membership.
This is a fast track to become a qualified accountant in one's home
country.

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Program aims

The Master of Professional Accounting will enable non-accounting
university graduates the opportunity to acquire an accounting qualification
recognised by the Australian accounting professional bodies.

The Master of Business Administration aims to produce graduates
who have been exposed to a range of management skills and who have
been trained to use these skills in a manner that will enable them
to better handle the managerial demands of modern business practices.

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Program objectives

The objectives of the Master of Business Administration are
to produce graduates who are able to:

  • thoroughly understand the basic theories and skills of modern
    management discipline areas

  • display competence in a wide range of areas relevant to management
    practice at senior levels

  • demonstrate their knowledge of current behavioural, policy and
    strategic issues so as to improve organisational efficiency

  • use well-developed communication skills to interact effectively
    with other people at a superior and lower work level

  • comprehend, analyse and evaluate internal and external environmental
    forces, and develop strategic plans for the management of change

  • display a thorough understanding of the relevant political,
    cultural and business environment, and of ethical standards in modern
    business

  • analyse developments in a chosen area of management, and to
    critically evaluate the relationships between such developments and
    contemporary theory and practice

  • further enhance their managerial skills through a commitment
    to ongoing managerial development.


The objectives of the Master of Professional Accounting are
to produce graduates who are able to:

  • prepare and analyse financial and management accounting reports

  • audit financial records and statements and produce audit reports

  • prepare taxation returns and advise clients on taxation issues

  • comprehend and apply accounting theory to current accounting
    developments and problems

  • understand and apply the principles of business finance and
    investment evaluation

  • comprehend the legal framework within which businesses operate
    and apply this knowledge in addressing commercial legal problems.


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Program structure

Course Semester/mode of offer Toowoomba campus Semester/mode of offer Springfield campus
ACC5202 Accounting S1 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S2 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S3 S1
ACC5213 Cost and Management Accounting S1, S2 (ONC, EXT, WEB) S2
ACC5215 Corporate Accounting S1 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S2 (EXT, WEB), S3 S1
ACC5216 Accounting Theory S1 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S2 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S3 S1
ACC5218 Auditing Practice S1 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S2 (EXT, WEB), S3 S1
CIS8000 Global Information Systems Strategy S1, S2 S1
ECO5000 Economics for Managers S2 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S3 (EXT, WEB) S2
FIN5000 Financial Management S1 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S3 (ONC, EXT, WEB) S1
FIN5003 Decision Support Tools (Formerly
MGT5001).
S1 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S3 (EXT, WEB) S1
LAW5201 Commercial Law S1 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S2, S3 S2
LAW5206 Corporations Law S2 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S3 S2, S3
LAW5230 Taxation Law S1 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S2 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S3 (EXT, WEB) S1
MGT5000 Managing Organisational Behaviour S1 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S3 (EXT, WEB) S1
MGT8002 Strategic Management S2 (EXT, WEB), S3 (ONC, EXT, WEB)
MGT8033 Leading Organisational Change S2 (ONC, EXT, WEB) S2
MKT5000 Marketing Management S2 (ONC, EXT, WEB), S3 (EXT, WEB) S2

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Exit points

A student who chooses not to complete or who does not maintain
good standing in this program will be permitted to exit with a lesser
qualification as set out below, provided that they have met the requirements
of that program.

  • A student who successfully completes all requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Business may, upon application, exit with that
    qualification.

  • A student who successfully completes 8 Master of Business Administration
    and Master of Professional Accounting courses may, upon application,
    exit with a Postgraduate Diploma of Business.

  • A student who successfully completes the requirements for either Master of Business Administration and Master of Professional Accounting courses may, upon application, exit with that program.


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