Master of Professional Accounting
The Master of Professional Accounting is a conversion taught master's qualification that provides graduates with the skills, knowledge, and competencies to be a highly effective accountant in both domestic and international organisations. Through applied research, you will gain an understanding of the theoretical considerations facing the Accounting profession, while developing the confidence to challenge existing practices, and develop innovative new ways to solve issues in the field.
The qualification is 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.
The Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) is also part of the Business Taught Masters programme, providing opportunities to pursue new career pathway options. Students with a background in any discipline may apply and no prior experience in Commerce or Accounting is required.
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The Master of Professional Accounting graduate:
- Demonstrates in-depth knowledge and understanding of current theoretical concepts, frameworks, and industry practice within the fields of accounting and business.
- Thinks logically, analytically, and critically with respect to the academic literature and professional journals within the field of accounting and business.
- Plans and carries out independent research that demonstrates critical awareness of issues and challenges in the fields of accounting and business.
- Synthesises academic and professional information and effectively communicates findings to a range of audiences in different ways.
A bachelor's degree with at least a B Grade Point Average in 300-level courses is required. Your enrolment will be approved taking into account the relevance and standard of previous studies and experience.
If English is your additional language, you will also to meet UC's English language requirements.
For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Professional Accounting or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
The programme has intakes in February and August.
You can apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
The MPA is a 240-point qualification which consists of compulsory courses followed by up to 60 points in elective courses taught over five terms, in ten-week blocks.
The programme can be completed within 21–23 months of full-time study, depending on your start date, or up to 4 years part-time.
- February start: 21 months full-time duration.
- July start: 22-23 months full-time duration.
Complete each of the following compulsory courses:
- MBAZ601 Accounting for Managers
- MBAZ602 Business Economics
- MBAZ603 Managerial Finance
- MBAZ604 Business Research Methods
- MBAZ605 Business Law
- MBIS601 Management of Information Systems
- MPAC601 Professional Accounting Principles
- MPAC602 Advanced Professional Accounting Principles
- MPAC603 Advanced Management Accounting
- MPAC604 Advanced Financial Accounting
- MPAC605 Taxation
- MPAC608 Auditing
And choose a minimum of 45 points from the following courses:
- MBAZ680 Research Project (45 points)
- MBAZ681 Internship (45 points)
- MFIN671 Business in New Zealand (15 points)
- MFIN672 Cases in Financial and Management Accounting (15 points)
- MPAC623 Applied Research in Management Accounting (15 points)
- MPAC624 Applied Research in Corporate Governance (15 points)
- MPAC626 Applied Research in Taxation Compliance (15 points)
- MPAC648 Methodological and Empirical Aspect of Financial Accounting Research (15 points)
- MPAC658 Applied Research in Auditing (15 points)
Plus 15 points from any other MBAZ, MBUS, MBIS, MFIN courses.
Note that enrolments to MBAZ680 and MBAZ681 are subject to an application process and approval from the Head of Department.
Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
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- Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
- Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.
See Tuition Fee Structure for more information
|2023||240||Fee estimate. Actual fee will be determined by course selection.||$16,590|
|2022||240||Special Programme Fee||$20,037|
|Year||Points||Info||Fees (NZD)||Fees (NZD) Excl GST|
|2022||240||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$63,600||$55,304|
|2023||240||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$67,400||$58,608|
For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Professional Accounting.
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