Have you completed an undergraduate degree and want to take your academic studies further? Are you interested in solving complex business issues and providing multi-disciplinary solutions? Are you interested in gaining multi-disciplinary accounting and legal skills that will help you excel in a range of industries and employment areas?
If this sounds like you, Deakin’s new Master of Accounting and Law could be just what you’re looking for: a multi-disciplinary postgraduate degree that offers a convenient, personalised approach to studying accounting and law.
What is the Master of Accounting and Law (MAL)?
Master of Accounting and Law sets you up for successful entry into a range areas including accounting, risk management, compliance, consulting and auditing across a range of industries. It’s designed for graduates from any disciplinary backgrounds.
The 16 credit point course can be completed in two years on a full-time basis and the first cohort will commence studies in Trimester 3 this year.
The course provides a pathway to professional accounting qualifications such as CPA, CAANZ and IPA. MAL has a blend of accounting and law units. A number of the accounting and some of the law units are relevant for obtaining a pathway to professional accounting qualifications (CAP, CAANZ, IPA). Two of the MAL units are recognised by the Tax Practitioners board as tax courses for tax (financial) advisors (Principles of Income Tax law and Commercial & Corporations Law).
Graduates with a relevant disciplines may be eligible for Credit for Prior Learning depending on their experience and education. This can reduce the number of units that you may need to undertake and the overall cost of the program.
What are the benefits of completing the Deakin MAL?
The course will suit accountants who want in-depth legal skills as well as law graduates who would require business /accounting skills. With heightened regulation and the increasing outsourcing of back office jobs to developing countries a large share of the traditional accounting jobs are being replaced by compliance jobs globally and in particular developed countries.
The MAL program will prepare graduates for careers requiring combined accounting and legal skills including financial services, tax consulting, corporate legal advisory, and risk management portfolios. This course will suit a lawyer who wants to gain additional accounting qualifications and specialise in financial services or Banking or M&A
The law units in the course are relevant and critical for tomorrow’s accounting and legal professionals. There are two taxation units in the MAL program (Income tax law and business tax) besides a number of other law units including superannuation law and international financial crime (elective). Units such as Venture Law Clinic provides an opportunity to turn theory into practice through experiential learning opportunities. Students will work with real clients in a clinical setting and will have the opportunity to interview entrepreneurs, conduct research in order to solve problems encountered by new business ventures, and provide advice with practicing lawyers. The Venture Law clinic will prepare you for roles as in-house counsel with innovative tech companies (i.e. advisor to new technology companies such as Google and Facebooks) & firms that serve the burgeoning entrepreneurial community or as a consultant or advisor to government on a range of innovation driven legal regulatory and economic issues.