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MMS - Accounting as a main subject

Set yourself up as a future business leader and rise to the top of your profession with specialist management expertise. Get the edge over other graduates with a Master of Management Studies from Waikato's Triple Crown Accredited business school.

Studying accounting is your pathway to working with clients to help them make their businesses more profitable and successful, and reduce their exposure to financial risk. With accounting you'll gain the skills you need to become a trusted business adviser and make strategic financial decisions for organisations.

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Key information

Years: 1 to 1.5
Points: 120 or 180
Start Dates: February (A Trimester A) and July (B Trimester)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $8,579 - $12,869 per programme
Estimated Fees* (International): $36,130 (120 pts)
$54,200 (180 pts)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
All amounts are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD). *Tuition fees shown 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.

Career opportunities

  • Auditor
  • Business consultant
  • Chief financial officer
  • Company accountant
  • Financial accountant/controller
  • Management accountant
  • Tax accountant

Degree Planner

Degree planner — MMS in Accounting - 180 points total

Your MMS must include at least 120 points inside the field of your specialist subject. You may take up to 60 points outside the field of the degree.

Outside field of degree (up to 60 points)

The following paper is compulsory:

in any subject at 500 Level (up to 30 points)

  • Field of degree
  • Explanatory note
  • Compulsory paper
  • Elective paper/s

Please note: Admission to each paper requires the approval of the Subject Convenor. In some cases, you may be asked to complete some prerequisite papers.

This information is provisional and subject to change.

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Prescriptions for the PGCert(Acc), PGDip(Acc), BBus(Hons) and MMS

The qualification regulations define the subject requirements for the BBus(Hons), PGCert(Acc), PGDip(Acc) and MMS. There are no specified subject papers that must be completed for the BBus(Hons), PGCert(Acc) and PGDip(Acc) programmes.

MMS students must complete MNMGT581 and one of ACCTN590, ACCTN591, ACCTN592, ACCTN593 or ACCTN594. Students taking the 120 point MMS are required to complete at least 60 points from the papers listed for the subject. Students taking the 180 point MMS are required to complete at least 120 points from the papers listed for the subject.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ACCTN502Advanced Financial Reporting30.024B (Hamilton)
This paper equips students with sufficient practical knowledge to appreciate some of the problems involved in preparing advanced financial statements. It will also enhance an understanding of the different issues facing accountants and preparation of general purpose financial reports, as well as enabling students to critically inte...
ACCTN506International Accounting30.024A (Hamilton)
This paper explores and analyses accounting in a global and transnational context. Similarities and differences between accounting and its regulation in different national contexts, and attempts to harmonise the accounting practices of different countries are discussed. The paper also addresses issues relevant for an appreciation o...
ACCTN531Advanced Management Accounting30.024B (Hamilton)
This paper aims to develop skills and critical ability in management accounting. It will broaden the knowledge of participants by examining the diverse perspectives and approaches evident in the subject of management accounting.
ACCTN541Fraud Auditing and Analytics30.024A (Hamilton)
The paper emphasises contemporary methods for detecting and preventing fraud. Students will engage in case analyses and conduct business data analytics using current technologies.
ACCTN581Professional Development Capstone20.024H (Online)
The objective of this paper is to help students develop critical thinking and sound analytical skills about the past, present and future of accounting theory and practice. This paper covers key theoretical positions underlying the practice of accounting as well as key factors effecting the development of the profession. The princip...
ACCTN582Research Project20.024H (Online)
Students undertake a research project from an accounting workplace environment.
ACCTN583Professional Internship20.024H (Online)
Students undertake a professional internship within an accounting workplace environment.
ACCTN590Directed Study30.024X (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. This paper is available only to Waikato Management School students with the approval of the Chairperson.
ACCTN591Accounting Dissertation30.024X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ACCTN592Accounting Dissertation60.024X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ACCTN593Accounting Thesis90.024X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
ACCTN594Accounting Thesis120.024X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
ACCTP512Risk and Technology7.5No occurrences
Risk and Technology analyses how businesses create and protect stakeholder value with a focus on risk management, data and technology arising from existing and emerging technologies, process automation and the use and application of data.
ACCTP513Financial Accounting and Reporting7.5No occurrences
This paper requires candidates to apply International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), or local equivalents, and regulatory and ethical requirements to account for and report on a diverse range of business transactions and events.
ACCTP514Business Performance7.5No occurrences
This paper is concerned with equipping students with skills for critiquing the performance of a business and supporting decision-making. The ability to critique the performance of a business and provide advice in the execution of business strategy is an essential skill for Chartered Accountants.
ACCTP515Accounting for Mātauranga Māori and Sustainability7.5No occurrences
In Sustainability for Accountants, students will develop their awareness of environmental, social and governance (ESG) impacts on organisations, and the role Chartered Accountants play in linking these issues to broader business agendas. Students will also develop an awareness of Matauranga Maori and its contribution to sustainability decision-making.
ACCTP516Tax7.5No occurrences
This paper is concerned with the core knowledge and skills of tax required to provide advice and services for a range of transactions and events appropriate to the jurisdiction.
ACCTP517Audit and Risk7.5No occurrences
This paper develops a student's knowledge and skills required for applying professional judgement and professional scepticism in addressing risk in auditing areas where significant professional judgement is required in the context of the audit of general-purpose financial statements.
ACCTP518Integrated Chartered Accounting Practice7.5No occurrences
This paper requires students to build on and integrate existing technical knowledge, critical thinking, and professional skills to provide business advice. Students will embed an ethical approach in the application of these skills and communicate insights effectively to meet the needs of a variety of audiences.
ACCTP519Data Analytics and Insights7.5No occurrences
This paper will enable students to identify, analyse and solve business problems using data analysis techniques and modern business intelligence tools. Students will develop effective techniques to communicate insights.
ACCTP569Management Accounting for Organisational Value15.024H (Hamilton)
This paper provides an understanding of budgeting, product, and service costing, control, and performance evaluation. The paper also covers the local and global organisational environment within which a business operates relating to management.
ACCTP570Accounting Systems and Processes15.024A (Hamilton) & 24H (Hamilton)
This paper covers the form and function of financial statements and how financial transactions are recorded through the understanding of accounting principles and concepts that underlie financial reporting. An understanding of ethical and professional values as important elements to accurate financial reporting will also be covered...
ACCTP571Financial Accounting and Reporting15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper explores the theoretical principles underlying current accounting practices, principles and regulations and their application to the preparation and analysis of financial statements at a national and international level.
ACCTP572Advanced Auditing15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper aims to develop an awareness of auditing by applying theory to audit practice and audit decision-making. Students will focus on the role of the external auditor, professional expectations, professional ethics, and regulation related to the audit of financials statements. The key concepts of the audit process and the appl...
ACCTP573Management Accounting and Strategic Decision Making15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper provides an overview of management accounting, decision theory, control theory, economics, and human and organisational behaviour theory and the importance of information for governance and strategic decision making in a global sustainable environment.
ACCTP574Advanced Financial Accounting15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper is designed to deepen understanding of the issues involved in the current practices, principles, and regulations of New Zealand accounting. The paper critically discusses major issues of accounting practice. The paper further facilitates critical and independent thinking, enhances analytical ability, and fosters creativi...
ACCTP575Advanced Taxation15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper covers the fundamentals of the New Zealand taxation system and its administration and aims to help students develop the technical skills in the interpretation and application of the New Zealand Tax Legislation (Income Tax Act 2007, GST ACT 1985 and other related legislations).
ACCTP576Business Law15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to the New Zealand legal system and laws regulation specified business activities. The initial focus is given to the laws applying to business contracts. The paper also cover principles applying to companies.
ACCTP577Performance Reporting15.024B (Hamilton)
The paper will cover the three key areas of financial management decisions relating to investment, financing and asset management.
ACCTP578Accounting Information Systems15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper employs hands-on application of current technologies to prepare students to use and develop accounting systems, to store and retrieve accounting data, and to analyse complex accounting data.

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At Waikato, you'll get hands-on experience with specialised accounting software such as MYOB and Xero.

You'll analyse real-life case studies of accounting situations, and learn about the business environment and how managerial decisions are made.

You'll also learn about contracts and trusts, evaluate the impact of taxes, and gain skills in auditing, investment, financing and asset management. You could also undertake an industry internship in an accounting workplace.

If you're new to Hamilton, there'll be plenty of opportunities for you to make new friends with similar interests. You could get involved with Beta Alpha Psi, a student accounting club that runs regular workshops and employer visits.

If you'd like to become a professional accountant one day,  you will need to meet the academic requirements of university study by completing a a recognised pathway of specific accounting and business papers at Waikato - rather than just a normal major in Accounting (8-9 papers).

With the Bachelor of Business, you have the option of taking a Minor subject (4 papers) alongside your accounting major, if you wish.

Once you have graduated with your accounting degree, you can then apply to join and become a provisional member of one of the following four professional organisations. Please note that you will need to complete further study and take professional exams to become a fully qualified Chartered Accountant.

  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ)
  • CPA Australia
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)


Management Student Centre (MSC)

Location: MSB.1.50, Waikato Management School, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton
Phone: +64 7 838 4303
Email: [email protected]
Opening hours: 8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday