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Master of Professional Accounting MPA

The Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) is a conversion taught masters qualification in Accounting, that provides graduates with the skills, knowledge, and competencies to be a highly effective accountant in both domestic and international organisations. The qualification will be aligned with professional accounting bodies in the industry (such as the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand, CAANZ), allowing graduates to gain provisional membership.

Candidates with a background in any discipline may apply and no prior experience in Commerce or Accounting is required. Through applied academic research, students will gain an understanding of the theoretical considerations facing the Accounting profession while developing the confidence to challenge existing practices, and participate in the development of new and innovative ways to solve issues in the fields of accounting and business management.

Entry requirements

Before enrolling in the course of study for the MPA degree, every candidate shall have:

  • qualified for a New Zealand university degree with at least a B grade average in 300-level courses, or equivalent, or been admitted ad eundem statum as the holder of such a degree, and
  • been approved as a candidate for the degree by the Dean of Commerce.
  • demonstrated a high proficiency in English. Applicants who speak English as a second language will be required to produce evidence that their ability to communicate in English is of an adequate standard.

Note: An IELTS score of at least 6.5 (with no section lower than 6.0); or a TOEFL internet-based score of at least 90 with no section lower than 20, is required of applicants who speak English as a second language.

Application process

The programme has intakes in February and October.

A special application is required. It is essential that all applicants discuss their application with the MPA Programme Coordinator before completing the application form.


The MPA programme consists of 14 courses taught over five terms, in ten-week blocks.

The first 13 courses are 15 points each, and must be completed to an overall “B” grade average in order for the student to move on to the capstone Research Project (MUSB 680) or Internship (MUSB 681)(45 points).

The MPA Courses:

Due to the compressed nature of the degree, the course is prescriptive and consists of the following:


The MPA is a 240-point qualification which can be completed in 15 to 17 months of full-time study or up to four years part-time.

Graduate Profile

An MPA graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of current theoretical concepts, frameworks and industry practice within the fields of accounting and business.
  • Think logically, analytically and critically with respect to the academic literature and professional journals within the field of accounting and business.
  • Plan and carry out independent research that demonstrates critical awareness of academic and professional issues in the fields of accounting and business.
  • Synthesise academic and professional literature and effectively communicate this information and research findings, both orally and in written form, to a range of audiences.

More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Professional Accounting (University Regulations website).

For course advice contact Claire Turner, College of Business and Law, or see the Master of Professional Accounting webpage.