Master of Professional Accounting
The Master of Professional Accounting 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), Certified Practicing Accountants Australia (CPA Australia), and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), 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.
A Master of Professional Accounting 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
Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent.
If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.
Qualification specific requirements
Candidates with a background in any discipline may apply and no prior experience in Commerce or Accounting is required.
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
- 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
For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Professional Accounting or use the admission requirements checker.
You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.
Qualification structure and duration
The Master of Professional Accounting programme consists of 13 courses taught over five terms, in ten-week blocks and either a research project or an internship. In order to be eligible for the research project, students must complete the coursework with a GPA of B grade equivalent or better. Entry to the internship requires a GPA of A- grade equivalent or better in the coursework and the availability of internships.
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.
Subjects and courses
Due to the compressed nature of the degree, the course is prescriptive and consists of the following:
- MBAZ601 Managerial Accounting
- MBAZ602 Business Economics
- MBAZ603 Managerial Finance
- MBAZ604 Business Research Methods
- MBAZ605 Business Law
- MPAC601 Professional Accounting Principles
- MPAC602 Advanced Professional Accounting Principles
- MPAC603 Advanced Management Accounting
- MPAC604 Advanced Financial Accounting
- MPAC605 Taxation
- MPAC606 Management
- MPAC607 Information Systems
- MPAC608 Auditing
- MBAZ680 Research Project or MBAZ681 Internship
How to apply
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.
Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Accountring.
For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of Professional Accounting.
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