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Master of Professional Accounting

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


18 months

Next start date

Expected Apr 2023


University of Auckland


The MProfAcctg is a professional coursework masters programme that will provide you with knowledge and skills in business, accounting, finance, commercial law and taxation.

It will enable you to continue developing personally and professionally in your career and provide the academic preparation for graduates seeking to qualify as chartered accountants or certified practising accountants. The programme is recognised by NZICA, CPA Australia, ACCA and CIMA.

Programme structure

The MProfAcctg is an 18-month, 240-point programme studied over six quarters. You will study core business courses along with a set of specialised accounting and related courses.

You will also complete four professional development modules as an important component of your degree. These will equip you with the professional skills that you will need to enhance your employability and success in the business world.

Developing your skills and capabilities

The Business School is committed to giving you opportunities to develop as a scholar, leader, innovator and global citizen.

As you study towards your MProfAcctg you can expect to develop capabilities that will enhance your career and help you make a positive impact on society. You will acquire these capabilities from your courses and through participation in a range of co-curricular activities.

While enhancing your critical thinking and analytical skills, your studies will equip you with strong communication, teamwork and leadership skills as well as cross-cultural understanding.

A MProfAcctg graduate is expected to have skills and capabilities in the following areas:

Knowledge and practice

Demonstrate specialist knowledge relevant to professional accountancy practice.

Critical thinking

Synthesise and critically evaluate ideas and information from multiple sources to develop coherent and evidence-based arguments.

Solution seeking

Creatively and systematically address complex business and management issues and develop practical and innovative solutions.

Communication and engagement

Work effectively in teams and engage diverse audiences by communicating professionally using multiple formats.

Independence and integrity

Work professionally and ethically as well as demonstrate self-management in complex situations.

Social and environmental responsibility

Demonstrate respect for the principles underpinning the Treaty of Waitangi, as well as diversity, equity and sustainability, when operating in a global business environment.

Where could this programme take you?

You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge required to launch a career and differentiate yourself from others in the competitive international job market.

Jobs related to this programme


Business advisor

Management accountant

Policy advisor

Systems accountant

Tax specialist

Entry criteria

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in business or a non-business degree in a relevant discipline such as arts, engineering, technology, or science. Your study must be from a recognised university (or similar institution) and you will need a GPE of 5.0 in the most advanced courses taken.

If you have completed advanced course(s) in an undergraduate degree that are considered substantially similar to courses in this programme you will be required to complete substitute course(s). Advice will be provided to you on a case-by-case basis.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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