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What will I learn?

The Master of Professional Accounting equips you with the skills to change careers and become an accountant. It can be completed in 16 months fast-track.

It’s designed for people with an unrelated degree who want to work towards registration with leading professional accounting bodies – including the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ). It's a good choice if you want to gain membership with professional accounting bodies or change careers to become an accountant.
The MPA will advance your understanding of accounting from a strategic business perspective and provide the financial expertise needed for senior management roles. Roles may include chartered accountant, management accountant, chief financial officer, finance manager, forensic accountant, business consultant, tax specialist or a role in senior management.

To graduate with a Master of Professional Accounting, you must successfully complete the papers below (cross-credits are not available for this qualification).

Complete the following papers

  • ACCT860 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT861 Management Accounting for Business
  • ACCT862 Taxation in New Zealand
  • ACCT863 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT864 Auditing
  • ACCT865 Advanced Financial Accounting
  • ACCT866 Strategic Management Accounting
  • ACCT867 Finance for Accountants
  • ACCT996 Professional Accounting Practice
  • ECON861 Economics for Business
  • ECON862 Statistics for Business
  • LAWS860 Business Law
  • LAWS861 Law of Business Organisations
  • MGMT861 Managing Organisations and People

Career opportunities:

Accounting offers excellent job opportunities both in New Zealand and internationally. There's strong demand for highly skilled accountants and senior managers with a strategic understanding of accounting and finance.

Careers include:

  • Chartered accountant
  • International accounting firms
  • Management accountant
  • Chief financial officer
  • Finance manager
  • Forensic accountant
  • Senior management
  • Business consultant
  • Tax specialist

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Business, Economics and Law

Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$49,995.00 (US$ 33,422) per year
This fee is for first year only

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

Start date

22 February 2021, 26 October 2021


Auckland University of Technology

AUT City Campus,

55 Wellesley Street East,


Auckland Central,

1010, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Minimum entry requirements are a successfully completed bachelor’s degree in the same area of study from a recognised university. English Language requirements: Minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher; TOEFL iBT score of 90; Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS) with A grade; GIE with B+ grade; CAE minimum overall score of 176; PTE minimum overall score of 58.

For international students

Must have completed a bachelor’s degree (in any discipline) with a B- grade average in papers at level 7 or equivalent

English Language Requirements:

IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher; TOEFL iBT score of 90; Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS) with A grade; GIE with B+ grade; CAE minimum overall score of 176; PTE minimum overall score of 58.

IELTS may be waived (at the discretion of the Programme Director):

For a student who has completed a qualification, the language of instruction for which was English, and which was awarded within the last 3 years
For a student who has lived and/or worked in an English speaking environment for 3 years

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


About this uni

Having been accredited by AACSB International, the AUT Business School is among an elite group of 5% of business schools worldwide.

  • Based in the heart of Auckland City
  • Offers career-oriented, research-led business education
  • Friendly, welcoming study environment
  • Graduate employment rate- amongst the highest in NZ