16 months part-time

Advanced standing

Call us to see if you qualify

Study periods

Feb, Apr, July, Sept, Oct, Dec


$2450 per unit, FEE-HELP available




CPA accredited units

Delivery mode

Online or on-campus

Learn the business behind the numbers

Numbers are the universal language of business. Knowing how to work the numbers is one thing, but having postgraduate level certified experience is even better. An online Graduate Diploma in Accounting from Southern Cross University gives you opportunity to upskill and diversify your existing skillset and formally accredit your career experience.

Studying a postgraduate diploma in accounting online offers the utmost in flexibility and convenience. You can exit the course with your Graduate Diploma, making you eligible apply directly to the CPA Program and bypassing the Foundation Exams, or you can use the Graduate Diploma as a pathway and continue on to an MBA. The choice is yours.

Take the next step in your career with our flexible online postgraduate diploma in accounting, an accredited and globally relevant online postgraduate qualification from SCU Online.

Postgraduate-level accredited degree

The online Graduate Diploma of Accounting is an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Level 8 qualification that can lead into a full Master’s degree if you choose to pursue that study path.

The online Graduate Diploma of Accounting is fully accredited by CPA Australia, meaning you can transition directly into the CPA Program, without having to complete Foundation Exams.

What you will study

Pathway to MBA

Once you’ve earned your Graduate Diploma in Accounting online, the door is open for you to continue on to complete the full Master of Business Administration (MBA). This is the perfect pathway to achieve this highly prized Master’s degree. You can even receive advanced standing for the units you have completed as part of your postgraduate diploma in accounting.

The Online Graduate Diploma in Accounting delivers a firm foundation in the four pillars of accounting: Finance, Economics, Business and Law. You will go beyond formulas – strengthening your leadership, problem solving and communication skills by completing practical, assessment-based activities relevant to your current workplace challenges.

Flexible learning to suit your schedule

SCU Online’s graduate diploma accounting course comprises eight units, studied one at a time across seven-week periods. It’s the quickest and most flexible way to earn a graduate qualification in accounting that leads to the CPA Program.

By only studying one unit at a time you’re able to ensure your work, family, and other commitments are met without forfeiting study. This also means there will be no competing academic priorities.

We also understand that sometimes plans can change, which is why we offer a flexible exit point – meaning you can exit out of the course early and still earn a Graduate Certificate. With the Graduate Diploma comprised of eight units in total, the first four units of study earn you a Graduate Certificate in Accounting Online. Continuing beyond this to complete all eight units earns you the Graduate Diploma.

Attended examinations

CPA Australia requires exams to be invigilated. This means that you must be in attendance at an approved examination centre to sit your exams (one per unit).

If you’re within Australia and 120km or more from your nearest exam centre we’ll arrange, with your assistance, a suitable location and supervisor. If you require disability support and adjusted exam arrangements please contact the Disability Support Office by emailing disability@scu.edu.au. Overseas exams can also be arranged; a fee of $200 per exam will apply.

To find out more about the examination process please call us on 1300 589 882.

Entry criteria

  • Demonstrated professional standing – either a bachelor’s degree (or a similar qualification) from a university, or have other experience that we regard as equivalent to a degree.
  • Be proficient in English.

Find out more about Rules Relating to Awards and Specific Award Rules.

Learning with SCU Online

Southern Cross University’s Graduate Diploma in Accounting online course fits around your work and your lifestyle. Units are delivered by tech-savvy academics via a fresh, smart, collaborative and interactive interface.

  • 100% online and flexible – complete six units a year, or skip a study period if life or work demands your full attention.
  • Student success support – from enquiry to graduation, we are there for you.
  • Networked for success – meet your future colleagues and collaborators.

Find out more about studying online.

This information is correct at time of release and subject to change without notice. Copyright Southern Cross University September 2016.