When the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) partnered Deakin University last year to deliver a Master of Business Administration (MBA) as its professional program, there was deliberate focus on small business.

“The accounting profession continues to evolve and we want our members undertaking the IPA’s MBA professional program to be well-placed to provide the essential advice their small business clients are seeking as their trusted advisers,” said IPA chief executive officer, Prof Andrew Conway.

“The IPA MBA has a dedicated small business advisory unit to help members, better service small business clients, extending from planning and marketing to socioeconomic factors affecting small business, including their mental health and wellbeing.

“The IPA is the only Australian professional accounting body offering an MBA as its Professional Program and we believe this will keep our members ahead of the competitive pack and help to provide the high quality, professional services that the small business owner needs and deserves.

“The Program is structured to be very flexible, providing members with a streamlined system to achieve one of the most sought-after MBA degrees in the southern hemisphere.

“New or Associate members who have studied the six units required to complete the former IPA Professional Program, are eligible to commence the Deakin MBA at the second stage of the IPA Program which means they can attain a fully-fledged MBA in half the time and half the cost.

‘Small business clients can only benefit from their trusted adviser having this prestigious qualification.

“Globally, an MBA has the track record of increasing employment and promotion opportunities as well as rises in income,” said Prof Conway.

For more information on IPA’s MBA go to http://bit.ly/2v11huG