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 the Treasury at

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 Member (MIPA) or Fellow of the IPA (FIPA), you may be eligible to join the Deakin University MBA program, subject to Deakin’s MBA entry requirements. Whilst Deakin’s MBA Program consist of 12 units of study, qualified IPA members may be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning, for four to six units - reducing the number of units to study. The MBA units are highly strategic in nature, and are suitable for those who aspire to senior management or leadership roles.

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