Master of Professional Accounting

Master of Professional Accounting

Master degree
15 months
Application deadlines: October 31
Processing time: 30 days
Intakes: February, August
International tuition: NZ$55,000
Domestic tuition: NZ$19,488

Program overview

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, students 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 Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) is also part of the Business Taught Masters programme, providing opportunities to pursue new career pathway options. Candidates with a background in any discipline may apply and no prior experience in Commerce or Accounting is required. The MPA consists of compulsory courses (195 points), followed by 45 points chosen from elective courses, which may include a research project or a internship. The MPA programme consists of 14 compulsory courses, followed by up to 45 points in elective courses taught over five terms, in ten-week blocks. The 14 courses must be completed to an overall B Grade Point Average in order to move on to the elective options, which may include the capstone Research Project or Internship course.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



  • PTE
A bachelor's degree with at least a B Grade Point Average in 300-level courses is required. Students must be approved by the Dean of Business, who will take account of the relevance and standard of previous studies and experience. English language requirements: IELTS Academic: an average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking TOEFL iBT: total minimum score of 90, minimum score of 19 in reading, writing and listening. TOEFL PBT: with a minimum score of 575 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5 Pearson Test of English (Academic): with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50

Career opportunities

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.

Campus location

Christchurch , New Zealand