CPA Australia & Top Universities

Certified Practicing Accountants Australia (CPA Australia) is the largest professional accounting body in the country and the seventh largest in the world, with more than 122000 members working in 100 different countries.

To attain CPA status, a candidate will need to hold a bachelors degree or a postgraduate qualification of at least eight units. Following are some of the most prestigious Australian institutions (Group of Eight [ Go8 ] Members) offering degree programs that meet all the requirements of joining the CPA Program.

The University of Adelaide:
Adelaide is ranked as one of the World's top 100 universities, placed 62nd in the THES-QS World University Rankings 2007, moving up 43 places from 105 in 2006.
The School of Commerce offers the degrees of Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and Master of Commerce (Accounting) for those who want to explore career opportunities in the field of accounting. Both the undergraduate and postgraduate accounting programs are accredited by CPA Australia.

The University of Western Australia:
UWA is placed 83rd globally in the Times Higher Education Supplement World Rankings 2008, and rated 78th in the Newsweek ranking of global universities.
The Business School offers two accounting majors in the Bachelor of Commerce degree: Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting. This is an excellent program for those who want to work as cost accountants, management accountants, management consultants, or auditors.

The University of Queensland:
UQ is placed among the top four Australian universities in the Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). It is also ranked in the Global Top 50 in the Times Higher-QS World Rankings 2008, placed 43rd internationally.
It offers the degree of Bachelor of Business with an accounting major. The program meets the academic requirements for associate membership of CPA Australia and enrolment in the CPA program.

Following are some other Go8 institutions offering programs that meet the requirement of joining CPA Program:

The University of Melbourne - Bachelor of Commerce with major in Accounting.
The 2009 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities puts Melbourne at 51st in the world, moving up from 58th in 2008. [Source: Higher Education Evaluation & Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT)].

Monash University - Bachelor of Commerce; Bachelor of Accounting.
3rd in the nation and 25th globally among World Top 100 Social Science Universities (THES 2008).

The University of Sydney - Bachelor of Commerce; Bachelor of Economics (BEc).
Rated 2nd in the nation and 83rd globally in the HEEACT rankings 2008.

The University of New South Wales - Bachelor of Commerce (BCom).
UNSW received the maximum five-star rating for nine key performance indicators in the 2008 Good Universities Guide.

Australian National University - BComm, BEc, Bachelor of Finance (BFin).
No. 1 in Australia in the ARWU 2008, THES 2008, Newsweek’s Top 100 Global Universities 2006.

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