Top MPA Universities in Australia

Top MPA Universities in Australia

Tn AryalFri Nov 26 2021

There are many top MPA Universities in Australia, making it one of the most suitable destinations for international students who want to pursue a master of professional accounting degree.

MPA degree is from 1.5 years to 2 years long. Upon graduation, the average base salary you can earn with this degree ranges from AUD 70,000 per year. 

Other similar degrees offered by Australia at the master level are Master of Accounting, Master of Business (Accounting), Master of Applied Accounting and Master of Finance.

Additionally,  universities and institutes also provide graduate certificates in Professional Accounting for students who do not meet the entry requirements of MPA. 

Top Universities for Master of Professional Accounting in Australia

According to QS World University Ranking by subject 2022, given below are the best universities in Australia for Master of Professional Accounting Course. 

Rank in Australia

QS 2022 Rankings




Australian National University



University of Sydney



University of New South Wales (UNSW)



Monash University



University of Queensland (UQ)



University of Western Australia (UWA)



University of Adelaide



University of Technology Sydney (UTS)



University of Newcastle (UoN)



Deakin University

Top MPA Universities in Australia: Tuition Fees


Course Duration

Annual Cost of study

University of Sydney

2 years


RMIT University

2 years


University of South Australia

2 years


Western Sydney University

1.5 years


Griffith University

2 years


University of Technology Sydney

1.5 years


University of New England

1.5 to 2 years


University of New Adelaide

1.5 years


Swinburne University of Technology

2 years


Deakin University

2 years


What will you study?

Some of the common subjects taught by most educational institutes as a part of the MPA Curriculum are: 

  1. Management Accounting for Costs and Control
  2. Financial Accounting
  3. Accounting and Finance
  4. Currents Developments in Accounting Thought
  5. Accounting Information Systems
  6. Decision Support Tools
  7. Accounting System and Processes
  8. Financial Accounting 2
  9. Auditing
  10. Economics for Business
  11. Business and Corporations Law
  12. Taxation Law

Master of Professional Accounting Course Intakes  


Course Intakes

University of Sydney

March, July

Australian National University

February, July

Monash University

March, July

University of Queensland

February, July

University of Adelaide

February, July

University of Southern Queensland

February, July, November

Australian Catholic University

February, July

University of Canberra

February, August

Swinburne University of Technology

February, August

Charles Sturt University

February, July November

Top MPA Universities in Australia: Application Process

To apply for a Master of Professional Accounting in Australia, you need to fulfil certain document criteria. 

Below listed are the document checklist that you need to keep in mind while applying for this course. 

  • Academic documents of a bachelor degree, high school diploma and class 10 (this includes official transcripts, provisional and character certificates). 
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • Letter of Recommendation (LOR) if asked
  • English test score (IELTS/TOEFL/ PTE)
  • Application fees
  • Passport
  • Proof of Scholarships if any
  • Work experience for some universities

Top MPA Universities: Admission Requirements

English Test Scores

English Test Scores are mandatory requirements for applying for an MPA Course if you are an international student from an English non-speaking country. 

Generally, the cut-off scores asked by many Top MPA universities are: 

  • IELTS: An overall band score of 6.5 to 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band. 
  • TOEFL: An overall score of 79 to 94, with a minimum of 18 in each field.
  • PTE: An overall score of 58-65, with a minimum of 50 in each communication skill

Academic Requirements

Speaking about academics, students need to score a minimum of 60%-70% in a bachelor degree or graduate diploma in a relevant field including business, finance, accounting, administration, etc. 

There are some universities that specifically ask for students of relevant academic backgrounds. 

For some, the academic background doesn’t matter. In addition, there are also some universities in which you can apply despite being of a different background given you have 2-3 years of relevant experience. 

Be sure to check the website of the specific university for the exact information on academics and English proficiency scores. 

Top MPA Universities in Australia: Scholarships




Deakin University

Deakin Scholarship for Excellence

Value: $5,000 paid per year as cash or towards tuition or a combination

Deakin Student Support Scholarship

Value: up to $10,000 per year

Deakin Sanctuary Scholarships

Value: $5,000 paid per year as cash or towards tuition or a combination

University of Technology 

Australia Awards Scholarships (Australia Government)

Value varies

Dr Chau Chak Wing Scholarship (KTM Master Degree)


$10,000 Per Session + Tuition Fees

LATAM International Postgraduate Coursework Scholarship

Value: 25% of tuition fees for the standard duration of course

Postgraduate Academic Excellence International Scholarship

Value: 25 to 35% UTS Fees

UTS Study Abroad Excellence Scholarship

Value: AUD 1,000- AUD 2,000

UTS Vice-Chancellor’s International Postgraduate Coursework Scholarship

Scholarship: UTS Tuition fees waived

UTS Postgraduate Business Scholarship

Value: 20% of UTS Fees

Other scholarships are: 

  • International Student Support Scholarships in Australia
  • University of Canberra International Merit Scholarships in Australia
  • VU International Excellence Scholarship
  • Australian Merit-based scholarships for Nepalese Students in Australia
  • Destination Australia Scholarship
  • Global Citizens Scholarship
  • UNSW International Scholarships
  • International Tuition Fee Scholarship
  • Melbourne Graduate Scholarships
  • Dean’s International Scholarship
  • Deakin Scholarship for international students
  • International Student Merit Stipend

Scope and Career Opportunities

The Master of Professional Accounting in Australia is designed to meet the requirements of CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. 

As a result, this course is accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

Graduates have found jobs as financial planners, accountants, tax advice, investment managers in a number of areas such as: 

  • Finance
  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Consulting
  • Manufacturing 
  • Medicine and health
  • Construction and engineering
  • Media
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Public relations
  • Telecommunications and technology
  • Property and real estate
  • Law and legal services.

Some of the job roles and average salaries of accounting professionals are: 

Job Title




AU$44k - AU$76k


Assistant Accountant

AU$47k - AU$71k


Tax Accountant

AU$47k - AU$82k


Financial Accountant

AU$65k - AU$101k


Finance Manager

AU$71k - AU$127k


Senior Accountant

AU$57k - AU$100k


Financial Controller

AU$74k - AU$146k


Junior Accountant

AU$40k - AU$59k


Management Accountant

AU$58k - AU$91k


Accounts Assistant

AU$41k - AU$59k


Payroll Manager

AU$65k - AU$117k


Accounts Payable Clerk

AU$40k - AU$58k


Finance Officer

AU$49k - AU$75k


Intermediate Accountant

AU$44k - AU$61k


Some other job positions you can work as are: 

  • Chief Financial/Accounting officer
  • External auditor and assurance specialist
  • Financial analyst
  • Business risk manager
  • Internal auditor
  • Management consultant
  • Taxation specialist
  • Treasurer
  • Insolvency and reconstruction specialist
  • Investment advisor
  • Forensic accountant

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