Master of Professional Accounting

The Master of Professional Accounting equips you with the skills to change careers and become an accountant. It can be completed in 16 months fast-track.

It’s designed for people with an unrelated degree who want to work towards registration with leading professional accounting bodies – including the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ). It's a good choice if you want to gain membership with professional accounting bodies or change careers to become an accountant.

The MPA will advance your understanding of accounting from a strategic business perspective and provide the financial expertise needed for senior management roles. Roles may include chartered accountant, management accountant, chief financial officer, finance manager, forensic accountant, business consultant, tax specialist or a role in senior management.

Start date: 2018

Start date: 2019

This programme brochure will be available soon.

Minimum entry requirements

  • Must have completed a bachelor’s degree (in any discipline) with a B- grade average in papers at level 7 or equivalent, OR
  • 10 years of relevant work experience combined with a work-based portfolio

Admission is subject to the approval of the Dean (or representative).

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with a minimum score of 6.0 in each band.

IELTS may be waived (at the discretion of the Programme Director)

  • 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
  • For 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 the GIE programme.

Contact us to find out more

Email mbaandpm@aut.ac.nz
Phone +64 9 921 9135

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

Complete the following papers

Detailed information about papers in this programme

Detailed programme structure and paper outlines (Blackboard)

Skills you will develop

The outcomes for graduates of the Master of Professional Accounting are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile

Accounting offers excellent job opportunities both in New Zealand and internationally. There's 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

The Master of Professional Accounting provides you with the academic requirements for membership in:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ)
  • Certified Practising Accountants Australia (CPA Australia)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Check their websites below for information about the benefits of professional membership and the opportunities for certified and registered chartered accountants.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) website

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) website

Certified Practising Accountants Australia (CPA Australia) website

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) website

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