Program Structure

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The IPA Program comprises two distinct but related awards: the Graduate Certificate of Public Accounting (GCPA) and the Deakin University Master of Business Administration (MBA). Depending upon underlying qualifications and designation, members will need to complete the GCPA component before they are eligible to begin the Deakin MBA. Depending upon circumstances, many Member (MIPA) and Fellow (FlPA) members of the IPA can enrol into the Deakin MBA directly. Please refer to Eligibility page for further details, or contact our Pathways Team.

Each unit of the IPA Program allows members to claim 40 CPD hours.

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The Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), and Deakin University have developed a new suite of specialisations or pathways which allow members to select a program of study, depending on backgrounds (experience and academic achievements), and aspiration.

To this end, the IPA and Deakin have developed a number of streams for the Graduate Certificate of Public Accounting (“GCPA”).

The GCPA is a for-award program. A number of the specialisations will assist members wishing to meet additional requirements of selected statutory registrations. For members seeking to satisfy the educational requirements of statutory registrations; such as those issued by the TPB and FASEA.

On completion of the GCPA, IPA members will be eligible to transition into the Deakin (IPA) MBA; a contemporary strategic management-focussed program tailored for IPA members.

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If you are a MIPA or Fellow of the IPA (FIPA), you may be eligible to join the MBA component of the IPA Program directly. Whilst many standard MBA Programs consist of up to 12 units of study, Deakin has approved IPA members to qualify for up to 50% Recognition of Prior Learning - reducing the number of units to six - saving you significant time and money, as well as recognising your experience and contribution to the profession.

The MBA units 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.

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