Updating Results

Deakin University

  • 21% international / 79% domestic

Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting

  • Graduate Diploma

Increasing complexity of global markets and reporting requirements suggest the growing importance of accounting as a dynamic and exciting profession.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Diploma
Course Code
Intake Months
Jun, Oct

About this course

Increasing complexity of global markets and reporting requirements suggest the growing importance of accounting as a dynamic and exciting profession. Accountants are financial information specialists who inform business decision making within a wide range of organisations.

This course offers you the opportunity to complement your overall management knowledge and expertise, or to establish a pathway to further studies towards membership of CPA Australia or entry into the CA Program.

This course provides pathways to professional accounting qualifications for graduates of any discipline. You'll develop the skills, technical knowledge and understanding required in accounting and finance, and their application within the broader world of business.

You'll explore important topics in management accounting including decision making and performance management in organisations as well as financial accounting and reporting. In addition to core accounting topics, the course introduces the fundamentals of accounting theory and corporate social responsibility reporting. You'll also gain an understanding of the regulatory and conceptual frameworks that underpin accounting for corporate entities and of the logic behind existing accounting rules.

Deakin Business School's Work Integrated Learning program gives you the opportunity to enhance your job prospects with real world experience. In the finance unit you'll have the opportunity to engage with business within the workplace and in doing so develop practical and analytical finance skills by participating in real-world projects.

You'll develop analytical skills for making key financial management decisions. The unit offers useful skills and knowledge relevant both for running a business or taking roles in managerial positions within large companies.

Entry requirements

Minimum admission criteria:

* a Bachelor's degree (AQF Level 7), major or other qualification (at a higher AQF level) in a related discipline, Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60% OR * a Bachelor's degree in any discipline with a minimum WAM of 60, PLUS two years relevant work experience

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

Career pathways

As an accounting graduate you may find employment in major international accounting firms, investment banks and virtually every area of business and government.

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting, students must attain a total of 8 credit points, consisting of 4 credit points of core units and 4 credit points of elective units, plus completion of the compulsory 0-credit point module, MAI010 Academic Integrity Module. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.

Credit for prior study or work

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

Commerce graduates will normally be precluded from one or more of the units and will be required to undertake substitute units.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Business & Management courses at Deakin University.
Overall satisfaction
Skill scale
Teaching scale
Employed full-time
Average salary