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Master of Professional Accounting

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


21 months

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


University of Canterbury


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 qualification is aligned with professional accounting bodies in the industry (such as the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand, (CAANZ), Certified Practicing Accountants Australia (CPA Australia), and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), allowing graduates to gain provisional membership.

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 Master of Professional Accounting graduate

  • Demonstrates in-depth knowledge and understanding of current theoretical concepts, frameworks and industry practice within the fields of accounting and business.
  • Thinks logically, analytically and critically with respect to the academic literature and professional journals within the field of accounting and business.
  • Plans and carries out independent research that demonstrates critical awareness of issues and challenges in the fields of accounting and business.
  • Synthesises academic and professional information and effectively communicates findings to a range of audiences in different ways.

How do I plan my degree?

The MPA programme consists of 13 compulsory courses, followed by up to 60 points in elective courses taught over five terms, in ten-week blocks.

The 13 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 (MBAZ 680 Research Project) or Internship course (MBAZ 681 Internship). The MPA is a 240-point qualification.

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, possible into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Start date: Monthly by arrangement with supervisor

Intakes in February and August.

Entry criteria

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.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

Application deadline: At least 6 months before the planned start date.

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