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.

Judit Dervadelin

Judit Dervadelin arrived in New Zealand from Hungary armed with a degree in economics. But she knew a master's in professional accounting would be very useful for any kind of career in business.

Linzi Gao

Linzi Gao is an international student from Sichuan, China who is motivated to build a successful career for herself as a Chartered Accountant and start a new life in New Zealand.

Students Gautam and Linzi

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.

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).

For personalised career and study advice, talk to our friendly team of advisers in the Management Student Centre (MSC), phone 0800 654 303 or email

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton
Faculty Waikato Management School
Months 14.0
Points 220
Start Dates S Semester (January) and T Semester (November)
Domestic Fees $13,920 approx (Jan and Nov 2018 intakes) per programme
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year
International Fees $39,950 approx (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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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.
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 for graduate/postgraduate programmes.

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

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