Master of Professional Accounting: 16-month conversion masters

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Programme overview

Start Dates: 2 March 2015 / 24 August 2015

Duration: 16-24 months full time / part time available

Programme Code: AK3611 Level:Points: 240

AUT University 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.

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).
  • 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)


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).

Below is an example of a study pathway:

Term 1, 2015
Term 2, 2015

368903 Financial Accounting
368904 Management Accounting for Business

368906 Accounting Information Systems
468901 Managing Organisations and People 

Term 3, 2015
Term 4, 2015

368905 Taxation in New Zealand
378901 Economics for Business

368907 Auditing 
378902 Statistics for Business 

Term 5, 2015
Term 6, 2015

418901 Business Law 
368908 Advanced Financial Accounting

368909 Strategic Management Accounting 
418902 Law of Business Organisations
Term 1, 2016
Term 2, 2016

368910 Finance for Accountants
369025 Professional Accounting Practice (A)

369025 Professional Accounting Practice (B)


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

Contact us

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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)

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Last updated: 01-May-2015 10.42am

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