The Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc) Degree Program is a one-year full-time postgraduate degree program of the Department of Accounting offered through the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJ).

Program Structure

The structure of the MPAcc Program is as follows:

One-year MPAcc Study Program


Year/ Semester Course of study No. of credits Contact hours
Semester I
MPACC 1301 Contemporary Issues in Financial Reporting 3 45
MPACC 1302 Business Strategy 3 45
MPACC 1303 Research Methods 3 45
Elective 1* 3 45
Semester II
MPACC 1304 Strategic Management Accounting 3 45
MPACC 1305 Contemporary Issues in Auditing and Assurance 3 45
MPACC 1306 Corporate Governance and Ethics 3 45
Elective 2* 3 45
MPACC 1607 Research Report ** 6
Total 30 360

 *A student is required to select one elective in each semester from the following courses:

  • MPACC 1308: Project Management
  • MPACC 1309: Taxation Law and Practice
  • MPACC 1310: Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
  • MPACC 1311: Public Sector Accounting and Finance
  • MPACC 1312: Investment and Portfolio Management
  • MPACC 1313: Enterprise Risk Management
  • MPACC 1314: Business Valuation
  • MPACC 1315: Corporate Sustainability Accounting
  • MPACC 1316: Contemporary Issues in Management Accounting
  • MPACC 1317: Accounting Information Systems
  • MPACC 1318: Financial Statement Analysis
  • MPACC 1319: Forensic Accounting

** A student is given 2 months period to submit the Research Report after completing the course work.

Summary Table for the Distribution of Credits among Different Types of Study Courses

Description No. of Lecture/Student Contact Hours No. of Credits
Core Courses (6) 270 hrs. (15 hours per 1 credit) 18
Elective Courses (2) 90 hrs. (15 hours per 1 credit)  6
Research Report (1) 600 hrs. (100 hours per 1 credit) 6
Total 30


The lectures will be held only on Friday evenings and Saturdays.

Panel of Lecturers

The study program will be conducted mainly by the academic staff of Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce (FMSC) of USJ. The services of resource persons of other local state universities, foreign universities,and industry will also be obtained on a visiting basis. Further, leaders/ experts of industry also are invited for special occasions such as guest lectures and the residential workshop.

Cancellation of Registration

The standard period of study for the MPAcc degree program is one year. The registration of a candidate will automatically be cancelled if he/she fails to complete the degree within 5 academic years from the time of the enrollment in the program. A candidate whose registration has been cancelled but wishes to obtain the MPAcc degree are required to register afresh for the program.

In order to secure and maintain professional and ethical standards pertaining to discipline, students are expected to exercise restraint in their conduct both inside and outside the University. It is the responsibility of each student to obtain a copy of the Students’ Handbook and familiarize himself/herself with the regulations procedures and guidelines given therein and adhere to them in pursuing the studies and research prescribed by the Institute.

Further Information

Detailed information regarding policies, procedures, rules and regulations is described in the handbook provided to registered students.

Contact Details

Coordinator: Dr. Dileepa Samudrage

Deputy Coordinator: Dr. Roshan Ajward

Tele: +94 112803456

Department of Accounting
Faculty of Management Studies & Commerce
University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Nugegoda, Sri Lanka.


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