Master of Professional Accounting

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Course overview

Accounting is a vital business role, critical to efficient economic function around the world.

The Master of Professional Accounting delivers accredited courses to graduate students in key areas of accounting and finance. The program is designed to provide students from a non-accounting background with the skills to operate as professional accountants.

Our accounting degree holds full accreditation with CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA). Graduates are able to apply for associate membership with these two professional bodies.

Graduates from the Singapore campus of James Cook University are recognized for admission as Associate of Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA).

# Students with undergraduate business degree background may complete the program within 12 months with a waiver of the foundation subjects. Please see entry requirements section for details.

Start dates
16 months full time
Study mode
On campus


Course Structure

3 trimesters per year (normally 4 subjects per trimester)

Study Program

Business Subjects

  • Marketing Management
  • People in Organisations
  • Accounting and Finance for Managers
  • Comparative Global Business Systems


Core Subjects

  • Management Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Auditing and Assurance Services
  • Business Law
  • Taxation Law
  • Law of Business Organisations
  • Accounting for Corporations
  • Advanced Issues in Accounting
  • Data Analysis and Decision Modelling
  • Economics for a Sustainable World
  • Applied Research Project

# Students with undergraduate business degree background may complete the program within 12 months with a waiver of the foundation subjects. Please see entry requirement.

Eligibility & Requirements

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of study equivalent to an Australian undergraduate bachelor award.

English Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 (no component lower than 6.0)/ TOEFL iBT 90 (with minimum writing score of 21); or
  • Satisfactory completion of James Cook University Singapore English Language Preparatory Program (ELPP) Level 4.
  • Students who have successfully completed 2 years of full-time study in English medium may satisfy the English language requirement.

Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing from 4 of the Foundation subjects can be considered for:

  • Applicants with a minimum 4 years full-time equivalent professional work experience in management, leadership or supervisory level in a business environment.
  • Applicants with undergraduate degree from cognate discipline such as organisation behaviour, strategic management, marketing, economics, communication, and human resources, tourism or general management.*

*Not applicable for joint degree programs.

Advanced standing can also be considered for:

  • Applicants with a four-year relevant undergraduate program
  • Previous tertiary study where appropriate

Additional Requirements

  • For MBA applicants with and undergraduate degree from non-cognate discipline, the online Academic Skills for Business foundation course has to be taken prior to admission or on the first trimester of the MBA program.

This online foundation course is free of charge

Attendance Requirements

International students holding a valid Student's Pass are required to attend at least 90% of scheduled classes per month. Failure to attend classes is a breach of the student visa conditions. Being absent from classes for a continuous period of seven days or more, or attendance falling below 90% without valid reasons will result in the student needing to surrender their Student's Pass for cancellation.

Domestic students must attend at least 75% of the scheduled lecture and tutorial activities to be eligible for assessment.

Career Outcomes

Accounting graduates enjoy a wide range of employment opportunities in the public and private sectors including: public accounting practice, auditing, financial analysis, financial and management accounting, banking, system support and analysis, taxation and financial advising.

Tuition Fees

Domestic* International
S$47,936 S$49,648

*Fees apply to all Singapore residents (Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and all pass holders excluding those holding a Student Pass)

Note: All course fees include prevailing 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST)

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