Master of Professional Accounting

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Programme overview

Start dates: 5 March 2018 / 29 October 2018

Duration: 16 months full-time / part-time available

Programme code: AK3611 Level:Points: 240

AUT encourages early application. This programme will remain open until all places have been filled.

The Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) is designed for those who have completed a bachelor's degree in any field of study and wish to obtain a postgraduate qualification in accounting.

The programme provides an advanced understanding of accounting principles and practice within business and the wider economic environment and gives you the opportunity to change career path if you do not have a background in accounting.

The MPA provides you with the academic requirements for membership with the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), Certified Practising Accountants Australia (CPA Australia), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) or Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) - the pathway for those wanting to become registered chartered accountants.

Download our Postgraduate Business Professional Programme Guide (PDF 2.2MB)

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Is this the right qualification for me?

The MPA is a good choice if you:

  • Wish to gain membership with professional accounting bodies to become a registered chartered accountant
  • Want to change career to become an accountant
  • Require the practical knowledge and skills to become a literate and analytical accounting professional

Entry requirements

  • Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree (your degree can be in any subject or discipline and does not have to be in accounting or business) with a minimum of a B minus grade average in papers at level7 or equivalent. OR
  • 10 years work experience combined with a work based portfolio.

  • Applicants for whom English is a second or additional language must have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 overall and a minimum of 6.0 in each band. For more details, please refer to English Language Requirements in AUT’s Academic Calendar
  • Admission to the Master of Professional Accounting is subject to the approval of the Dean (or representative)

At the discretion of the Programme Director the IELTS may be waived for :

  • A student who has completed a qualification, the language of instruction for which was English, and which was awarded within the last 3 years.
  • A student who has lived and/or worked in an English speaking environment for 3 years.

If your English does not meet the required standard, AUT International House offers English language courses (GIE programme).


A student with an average grade for the coursework papers falling below a B- prior to enrolment in the research project may be required by the examination board to have their points reassigned to the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting. 

The outcomes for graduates of this programme are outlined in the Graduate Profile.


To graduate with a Master of Professional Accounting, you must successfully complete the papers below (Please note that cross credits are not available for this qualification).

ACCT860 Financial Accounting
ACCT861 Management Accounting for Business
ACCT862 Taxation in New Zealand
ACCT863 Accounting Information Systems
ACCT864 Auditing
ACCT865 Advanced Financial Accounting
ACCT866 Strategic Management Accounting

ACCT867 Finance for Accountants

ACCT996 Professional Accounting Practice
ECON861 Economics for Business
ECON862 Statistics for Business

LAWS860 Business Law
LAWS861 Law of Business Organisations
MGMT861 Managing Organisations and People 

Career opportunities

Accounting offers excellent job opportunities both in New Zealand and internationally. There is strong demand for highly skilled accountants and senior managers with a strategic understanding of accounting and finance. Careers include:

  • Chartered accountant
  • International accounting firms
  • Management accountant
  • Chief financial officer
  • Finance manager
  • Forensic accountant
  • Senior management
  • Business consultant
  • Tax specialist


For further information visit the Master of Professional Accounting Study Planning Page

Contact us

For further information please email
The MBA and Professional Masters Programme Administrator
(09) 921 9135

Meet the accounting team and find out more about our leading research staff and their areas of interest.

Links to professional accounting bodies

The MPA meets the academic requirements for those seeking registration with the following professional bodies. We advise you check their websites below for information about the benefits of professional membership and the opportunities for certified and registered chartered accountants.

ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)

CA ANZ (Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand)

CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)

CPA Australia (Certified Practising Accountants Australia)

ACCA logo Chartered Accountants Australia + New Zealand logo CIMA logo CPA Logo

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.41pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.