La Trobe University

Master of Professional Accounting (CPA Australia Extension)


Start dates
March, July, November 2018
2.5 years
Fees and costs
$28,000 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.

The Master of Professional Accounting (CPA Australia Extension) builds on the Master of Professional Accounting. The MPA is designed to give you a thorough understanding of accounting concepts as they are applied to diverse business environments, and the CPA Australia Extension provides you with face-to-face tuition which can support you in the satisfactory completion of the CPA professional exams required for professional accreditation. Once you pass your professional exams you will be qualified to gain employment within the accounting profession.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or its equivalent). Prior learning developed through relevant work experience or professional accreditation, where it is deemed to be at least equivalent to that obtained through a Bachelor degree, may be considered. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors to determine whether an applicant has demonstrated the capacity to work at a Masters level, including academic record, English proficiency, and/or employment experience.

Career outcomes

Graduates with specialisations and working toward professional membership are highly regarded by prospective employers. To become a CPA, graduates are required to gain three years' work experience as well as completing the CPA program.

Professional recognition

The Master of Professional Accounting (CPA Australia Extension) is accredited by CPA Australia. Membership may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and costs

Course fees

$28,000 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.


Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.

Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018 or Summer Semester, 2018/19.

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Additional information

All students enrolling in the CPA Professional subjects will be required to enrol concurrently with CPA in order to sit the CPA final exams, at their cost. The final exam for the CPA professional subjects is the official CPA professional accreditation exam set and graded by CPA Australia. Students failing to pass this exam on the first attempt will be offered a second attempt, at their cost, in lieu of a supplementary exam.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus: