The Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) is pleased to announce changes to its professional program from a Master of Commerce (Public Accounting) to a fully-fledged Master of Business Administration (MBA) in a move that will ensure its members have a competitive advantage.

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

“We are very pleased to have chosen Deakin University to deliver the IPA MBA Program as well as the IPA Internal Pathway Program.

“This innovative pathway provides due recognition of the quality and standing of Members (MIPA) and Fellows (FIPA) of the IPA by providing advanced standing based on verified professional experience. Such recognition provides IPA members with a streamlined system to achieve one of the most sought-after MBA degrees in the southern hemisphere. As the only Australian professional accounting body offering an MBA as its Professional Program, we believe our Program raises the bar to meet the expectations of clients and businesses.

“Further, new or Associate members who have studied the six units required to complete the IPA Professional Program, will be eligible to commence the Deakin MBA as the second stage of the IPA Program.

The six units to complete the IPA MBA include: Business Process Management; Strategy Capstone; People Management; Marketing Management; Principles of Leadership; and, a Small Business Advisory unit.

“Deakin University is delighted to be working with the IPA, an Institute that continues to raise the bar of professionalism, to deliver this high calibre program,” said Deakin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander AO.

“We commend the IPA’s effort to encourage members to elevate their education standards for the benefit of their clients and the wider community,” said Prof den Hollander.

‘Lifting the bar will ensure our members are best placed to serve and advise their small business clients while providing an enhanced opportunity to diversify and grow their business and professional opportunities,” said Prof Conway.

For more information on IPA’s MBA go to https://www.publicaccountants.org.au/education/ipa-program