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.
This internationally recognised qualification will prepare you to launch a professional career in accounting after just 14 months of study. It provides the ideal platform to start your journey towards becoming a Chartered Accountant.
There are two intakes for the course each year, so you can start in either November or January. Please note it is a full-time and intensive course workload.
During the 14-month course, 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 a commercial firm or organisation.
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.
Gain CA membership of three professional accounting bodies
Waikato's Master of Professional Accounting is approved by three of the world's largest professional accounting bodies - ACCA, CAANZ and CPA Australia.
This means our graduates can apply to join any of these three respected organisations and gain provisional CA membership, making it your passport to work overseas and expand your networks.
- Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
- Chartered Accountants Australia + New Zealand
- CPA Australia
Once you're a member, you'll then need to gain three years' work experience in an accounting role, and pass the CA Professional Exams.
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 Accounting and Finance, and in the top 250 for Business and Management Studies and Economics, 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).
|Faculty||Waikato Management School|
|Start Dates||S Semester (January) and T Semester (November)|
|International Fees||$36,990 (Nov 2017 intake); or $39,950 (Jan and Nov 2018 intakes) 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.|
Scholarships and prizes
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Waikato Management School has a vibrant student culture that offers plenty of social and learning opportunities.
You can meet like-minded people through student clubs, such as:
- Waikato Management School Students' Association (WMSSA)
- Beta Alpha Psi - Waikato Chapter (Accounting club)
- Economics Discussion Group
- Te Ranga Ngaku - the Maori management student network
- Pacific Islands Management Students Association (PIMSA)
Check out the Waikato Management School Facebook page for the latest news and events.
In the third and final stage of the Master of Professional Accounting, students may choose either:
- An accounting internship (ACCT583) in the workplace to learn about professional practice in a more insightful way.
You will write a weekly reflective journal about your tasks, and produce two research reports of around 2,500 words each that demonstrate your learning. You will also write an evaluation report at the end of your industry workplace experience.
- A major research project (ACCT582) to investigate a real-life, contemporary issue in the accounting sector.
You will then write an 8,000 to 10,000 dissertation that critically analyses accounting concepts in practice, and provides guidance for the future development of the accounting sector.
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.
English language requirements:
- an IELTS overall score of at least 6.5, including at least 6.0 in the Writing band, or
- an iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) score of at least 90, with a Writing score of at least 22, or
- a B grade or better at Level 8 in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English, or
- an overall score of C (with at least a C in the Writing band) in the Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes, or
- a PTE Academic overall score of at least 65, with no less than 58 for each communicative skill.
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
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
Core Knowledge and Skills
Advanced Professional Knowledge
Professional Development Capstone
Fundamental Accounting for Decision Making
Professional Development Capstone
Commercial and Corporate Law
Advanced Financial Accounting
* Choose either
ACCT582 or ACCT583
Economics for Business
Advanced Management Accounting
Accounting Information Systems
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