Master of Commerce (Accounting)

Approved Abbreviation: MCom(Acc)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 2688.1

AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 049442C

Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced.  This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2004 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

This course is for accounting graduates and is specifically aimed at qualified accountants motivated to enhance their knowledge in accounting. Students select contemporary topics based on research and case studies on accounting issues related to world-class organisations. It also allows students the possibility of furthering qualifications to Master of Commerce (Honours) or PHD.

Study Mode
One year full-time or two years part-time.

Course Advice

Mr Peter


CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta City Campus-Macquarie StreetFull TimeInternal See above

Advanced standing

Advanced standing may be granted for a maximum of two equivalent postgraduate units.


Applicants must have successfully completed one of the following:

An Australian (bachelor) undergraduate degree or equivalent with a major in accounting


An Australian masters degree or equivalent in accounting


An Australian graduate diploma or equivalent in accounting.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).


International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International Office

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof can be found on the Universities Admissions Centre website (UAC).

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 80 credit points which includes two core units and a selection of six alternate units.

Applicants seeking professional recognition should have their qualifications assessed by a professional body (as outlined under the Graduate Certificate in Accounting), and may include two law units from the MPA programme. If more than two units are required for professional recognition then the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma or MPA should be studied wherever appropriate, prior to this degree

Core Units

200394.2Accounting Research
200395.2Accounting Theory

Alternate Units

51206.2Development of Accounting Information
51214.2Financial Statement Analysis (PG)
200389.2Accounting Research Essay (PG)
200390.2Business Essay (PG)
200391.2Accounting Research Project (PG)
200392.3International Accounting
200415.2Corporate Failure and Forensic Accounting
200416.2Assurance Services (PG)
200422.2Strategic Management Accounting
200462.3Public Sector Accounting and Financial Control (PG)
200464.2The Role of Accounting in Corporate Governance
200465.1Financial Accounting - Critical Analysis (PG)
200497.2Social and Environmental Accounting
200693.3Accounting Professional Engagement
H7344.1Special Topic in Accounting B (PG)
H7343.1Special Topic in Accounting A (PG)

Two electives may be chosen from any other Masters level units offered by the University and approved by the head of program. Students must ensure that prerequisite requirements have been satisfied prior to enrolling into any electives. Two of the following units offered within the Master of Professional Accounting program may be chosen:

200397.2Revenue Law (PG)
200432.4Commercial Law
200433.5Company Law

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