What will I learn?

Programme Aims

The Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) programme is a conversion Master's programme aiming to provide business degree graduates with an intensive education in accounting and related knowledge and skills. Students' achievement is targeted at two levels:

  • To become professional user, preparer, and auditor of accounting information upon completion of the Postgraduate Diploma;
  • To become expert users of accounting information for making executive decisions upon completion of the Master’s degree.

Characteristics

The completion of seven Core Subjects leads to the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting (PgDPA). On completion of the PgDPA components, graduates will be able to:

  • ​Evaluate external financial reporting.
  • Apply accounting and finance concepts in internal decision making.
  • Master the legal, regulatory and ethical issues in accounting.

In addition to the above seven Core Subjects, the completion of two additional Compulsory Subjects and three Elective Subjects leads to the award of the Master of Professional Accounting (MPA). On completion of the MPA components, graduates will be able to:

  • ​Master theoretical frameworks in accounting and corporate governance.
  • Develop expertise in accounting and finance.

Recognition & Prospects

The seven Core Subjects of the programme (which lead to the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting (PgDPA) award, and constitute part of the Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) award) have been accredited by the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA). Graduates completing these seven Core Subjects, together with the Fundamental Business Courses, will be eligible for the exemption of 10 Modules in the HKICPA Qualification Programme (QP). Upon completion of another five subjects (i.e. two additional Compulsory Subjects and three Elective Subjects), students will be awarded the MPA.

The programme is also accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and CPA (Australia). PgDPA and MPA graduates are eligible to claim exemption of 9 papers from the ACCA examination. Together with meeting other undergraduate pre-requisites, graduates will also be eligible to apply for associate membership of CPA (Australia).

In addition, PgDPA and MPA graduates are also granted exemption of 2 papers from the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) Qualifying Programme offered by the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong.

Curriculum

  • ​Students must complete 7 Core Subjects (21 credits) for the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting (PgDPA) award.
  • Students must complete 7 Core Subjects, 2 Compulsory Subjects (27 credits) and 3 Elective Subjects (9 credits) for the Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) award.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Business

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK $280,800 per programme (HK $7,800 per credit) for Master students; HK $163,800 per programme (HK $7,800 per credit) for PgD students

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected April 2022

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

ST305, 3/F, Ng Wing Hong Building,

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an institution that is recognized by PolyU. In addition, you must meet the entrance requirements that are specified by individual programmes. PolyU may accept equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

For international students

  • A Bachelor's degree in business awarded by a recognized tertiary institution; OR
  • ​A Bachelor’s degree other than in business awarded by a recognized tertiary institution plus evidence equivalent to the completion of pre-entry course(s) designated by the School of Accounting and Finance (AF) of PolyU.

If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the following minimum English language requirement for admission purpose, unless otherwise specified by individual programmes concerned:

A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR

An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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