Program Structure

The IPA Program is made up of two stages, which culminates in the awarding of an MBA from Deakin University.

IPA Program - Stage 1
Pathways Program
IPA Program - Stage 2
Deakin University MBA

Stage 1 - Pathways Program

The first six units of our new IPA Program have been designed to accommodate the needs of our Associate members (AIPA) who are working towards applying for full membership of the IPA. These pathways cover the refining of your accounting and finance skills, and work in partnership with our Mentored Experience Program.

This first stage of the IPA Program allows you to gain the necessary three years of accounting experience while studying up to six units on the Pathway Program.  Click on the subjects below for more information on each unit.

Subjects in the IPA Professional Program

Following the successful completion of the first stage of the IPA Program, Associate members then advance to full membership of the IPA.  You're then welcome to commence the Deakin MBA as the second stage of the IPA Program.

Stage 2 - Deakin University MBA

If you're a Member or Fellow of the IPA, you're welcome to join the MBA component of the IPA Program directly.  The standard MBA covers 12 units of study, but Deakin has approved IPA members to qualify for 50% Recognition of Prior Learning approval - reducing the units you need to study from 12 down to six - saving you significant time and money, and recognising your experience and contribution you're making already to the profession.

Designed with your busy lifestyle in mind, we offer you the ability to complete some of these MBA units in just five days, through Deakin's unique residential MBA classroom workshops, based in Melbourne.  This is a great way to start and finish a unit in a single week, and fast track your MBA completion.

The subjects in the MBA are highly strategic in nature, and are geared towards enhancing the way you communicate with your audience with clear, consistent and effective forms of strategic advice.  Click on the subjects below for more information on each unit.

MBA Subjects available