Master of Professional Accounting

This internationally recognised masters degree will prepare you to launch a professional career in accounting after just 14 months of study. Start your academic journey towards becoming a Chartered Accountant today.

The Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcct) is designed especially for students who have never studied accounting before at university-level, but already have a bachelor's degree in another subject area, such as arts, teaching, law or economics.

It provides a professional qualification that is recognised and respected by employers in New Zealand and around the world, making it easier to find work overseas.

Over 14 months, you will develop advanced skills and knowledge in all the core areas of accounting and business, and be able to apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to practical accounting situations.

On completion, you'll be ready to start work in a public accounting practice, or at a commercial firm or organisation. It provides the ideal platform to start your journey towards becoming a Chartered Accountant.

All of the papers in this 220-point masters degree are compulsory. You will learn about financial and management accounting, accounting information systems, commercial and corporate law, auditing, taxation, finance, and economics for business.

There are two intakes for this course each year, so you can start in either November (T Semester) or January (S Semester). Please note it is a full-time and intensive course.

Gain membership of three professional accounting bodies

Waikato's Master of Professional Accounting is approved by three of the world's largest professional accounting bodies.

This means our graduates can apply for provisional membership of all three, making it your passport to work overseas and expand your networks.

Waikato has an international reputation

You'll be studying at Waikato Management School, a Triple Crown international business school accredited by EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB since 2005. This is a global benchmark of excellence in teaching and research, achieved by less than 1% of the world's business schools.

Gain a master's degree from a university ranked in the world's top 150 for the subjects of Accounting and Finance in the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings.

Professional accounting internship or research project

As part of this degree, you have the option to take either a professional accounting internship in the workplace (ACCT583), or an 8-10,000-word research project on a contemporary accounting issue (ACCT582).

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton
Faculty Waikato Management School
Months 14
Points 220
Start Dates S Semester (January) and T Semester (November)
International Fees $36,990 (2017) per programme
Tuition fees shown above are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment - please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

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Practical experience

As part of this degree, you have the option to take either a professional accounting internship in the workplace (ACCT583), or an 8-10,000-word research project on a contemporary accounting issue (ACCT582).

Admission and enrolment

You can apply for the MPAcct if you:
  • Have a bachelor's degree in any subject area, or equivalent, and
  • Have achieved at least a B-minus grade average in your final year.

International students must have an equivalent qualification from a recognised university, and meet the English language requirements.

ACCT570 Fundamental Accounting for Decision-Making

ACCT571 Financial Accounting

ACCT572 Advanced Auditing

ACCT573 Advanced Management Accounting

ACCT574 Advanced Financial Accounting

ACCT575 Advanced Taxation

ACCT576 Commercial and Corporate Law

ACCT577 Financial Management

ACCT578 Accounting Information Systems

ACCT581 Professional Development Capstone

Choose either ACCT583 Professional Internship   OR ACCT582 Research Project

ECON506 Economics for Business

ECON507 Quantitative Skills for Finance and Economics

MNGT504 Organisational Behaviour


Management Student Centre (MSC)

Phone: +64 838 4303 or 0800 654 303
Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday
Location: MSB.1.50, Waikato Management School, Gate 7, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton

One of the best times to pop into MSC is Open Advice Day, held every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.

MPAcct Qualification Convenor

Dr Vida Botes
Department of Accounting

Degree Structure

Stage 1:
Core Knowledge and Skills
Stage 2:
Advanced Professional Knowledge
Stage 3:
Professional Development Capstone
Fundamental Accounting for Decision Making
Financial Accounting
Advanced Auditing
Professional Development Capstone
Organisational Behaviour
Commercial and Corporate Law
Advanced Financial Accounting

* Choose either

ACCT582 or ACCT583

Economics for Business
Financial Management
Advanced Management Accounting
Professional Internship

Quantitative Skills for
Finance and Economics

Accounting Information Systems
Advanced Taxation
Research project

MPAcct programme requirements:

To complete this programme, you must:

  • Pass 220 points at 500-level in all of the required papers for this programme
  • Complete any Assurance of Learning requirements