UniversityUniversity of Canterbury
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Level of Study
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
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.
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.
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:
Application deadline: At least 6 months before the planned start date.