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The Master of Accounting (Advanced) is a 72-unit program offered by the Flinders Business School, within the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

It meets the academic requirements for membership of CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA) and the National Institute of Accountants (NIA).

The Advanced Stream is available to candidates who have a recognised accounting degree and who are eligible for professional membership of accrediting bodies.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. For admission to the Master of Accounting (Advanced) students must hold an accredited degree in accounting and be eligible for professional membership of accrediting bodies.

Course aims

The course provides students with the appropriate knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes for successful careers as accounting professionals. Its aims are to:

  • provide an appropriate orientation towards and perspective on their future role as professional accountants in contemporary society
  • ensure that students are given access to and become proficient in using advanced technologies relevant to a professional accounting career
  • provide students with the opportunity to progress professionally as well as in academic credentials
  • enable students to meet the academic component of the relevant professional bodies's accreditation requirements.

Learning outcomes

Students successfully completing this course should be able to:

  • produce accounts for a variety of organisations, including sole traders, partnerships and companies
  • perform the major accounting tasks required for both Financial Accounting and management accounting
  • demonstrate an understanding of the role of accounting information within an organisation
  • articulate the sources of tax law and apply them to practical situations
  • articulate the nature and purpose of auditing and assurance services
  • demonstrate knowledge of the regulatory framework for accountants
  • demonstrate awareness of the ethical issues facing the accounting profession
  • articulate an understanding of the conceptual basis for the current system of accounting and alternative systems
  • articulate the role of theory in informing the development of accounting practice
  • demonstrate a sound understanding and appreciation of the context in which organisations operate including the impact of broader economic and Global Business.

Program of study  

To qualify for the Master of Accounting (Advanced) a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.

Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

Core - Year 1 & 2 topics

 45 units of core topics:

 BUSN9113  Accounting Fundamentals  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9114  Information Systems and Accounting Processes  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9115  Quantitative Methods  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9116  Economics for Business  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9121  Auditing and Assurances  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9123  Principles of Commercial Law  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9124  Accounting Theory in Practice  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9229  Sustainability and Ethics in Management  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9231  Global Business Context  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9241  International Business Finance  (4.5 units)

Elective - Year 1 & 2 topics

 27 units of electives from the following:

 BUSN9117  Management and Cost Accounting  (4.5 units)*
 BUSN9118  Financial Accounting Issues  (4.5 units)*
 BUSN9119  Financial Management  (4.5 units)*
 BUSN9120  Corporate Accounting  (4.5 units)*
 BUSN9122  Perspectives on Taxation Law  (4.5 units)*
 BUSN9125  Industry Project  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9126  Industry Placement  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9127  International Project  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9128  International Placement  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9223  Investments and Portfolio Management  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9228  Strategic Marketing  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9234  Project Management  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9235  Managing Negotiations  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9236  Leadership: Theory, Practice and Experience  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9237  Financial Markets and Institutions  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9238  Advanced Issues in Finance  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9239  International Business in the Asia Pacific Region  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9242  International Human Resources Management  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9243  International Marketing and Export Management  (4.5 units)
 BUSN9248  Managing People  (4.5 units)
 INTR9061  Governance and the new Political Economy of East Asia  (4.5 units)
 POAD9022  Public Management  (4.5 units)
 POAD9034  Risk Management - Principles and Practice  (4.5 units)
 POAD9037  Financial Management  (4.5 units)

*topics required for professional accreditation. These may not be taken if undergraduate equivalent is recognised by professional bodies. Refer to program advisor for advice.