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Master of Professional Accounting

The Master of Professional Accounting equips you with the skills to change careers and become an accountant. This postgraduate accounting degree can be completed in as little as one year.

The Master of Professional Accounting is designed for people with an unrelated degree who want retrain as an accountant and 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 become a member of professional accounting bodies or change careers to work as an accountant.

You'll advance your understanding of accounting from a strategic business perspective and develop the financial expertise 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.

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Minimum entry requirements

  • Must have completed a bachelor’s degree (in any discipline) with a B- grade average or higher in courses at level 7 or equivalent

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

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

English language requirements

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

Contact us to find out more

Email mbaandpm@aut.ac.nz
Phone +64 9 921 9906

To graduate with a Master of Professional Accounting, you must successfully complete the courses below. Cross-credits are not available for this postgraduate accounting qualification.

Complete the following courses

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

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Pathway to a PhD

High-achieving professional master’s degree students with at least an A- grade average over the 120 points in level 8 professional master’s degree courses can qualify to apply to the Doctor of Philosophy by completing the Master of Business with a B+ grade average or higher. You'll receive 60 points of credit towards the Master of Business, and will need to complete another 120 points.

Joel Smith
Latsamy Mahaphonh
Ghizlane Chebitou
Quick facts
Programme code:
AK3411
Level:
9
Points:
180
Duration:
1 to 1.5 years full-time / part-time available
Campus:
City Campus
Starts:
27 Feb 2023
24 Oct 2023
Fees
Domestic
$20,827 (for 120 points)
($19753 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
International
$52,611 (for 180 points)
($51,000 tuition fees + $1611 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

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