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Master of Professional Accounting

If you are an international student who is not currently in New Zealand, you may be able to start online until you are able to join us on campus in New Zealand. View online programme options. .

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 professionally qualified accountant today.

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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 career in accounting after just 14 months of study. It provides the ideal platform to start your journey towards becoming a professionally qualified accountant (CA ANZ, CPA Australia or ACCA).

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, accelerated course with an intensive workload.

During the 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 taught 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 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, CA ANZ and CPA Australia.

This means our graduates can apply to join any of these three respected organisations and gain provisional 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 achieved by less than 1% of the world's business schools.

Waikato is ranked in the world's top 250 for Accounting and Finance in the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings 2020.

Professional accounting internship or research project

As part of this degree, you have the option to EITHER undertake a research project focused on a contemporary accounting issue and write a report of around 8,000 words (ACCTN582); OR complete an accounting internship in the workplace (ACCTN583).

Note: Students are expected to demonstrate self-initiative and find their own host organisation for the internship paper. This can be achieved by speaking to prospective employers at networking expos, and becoming actively involved with the Beta Alpha Psi student club.

For personalised career and study advice, talk to our friendly team of advisers in the Management Student Centre (MSC), phone +64 7 838 4303 or email [email protected]

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Key information

Months: 14
Points: 220
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: November (G Semester) and January (H Semester)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $15,297 per programme (220 points)
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year
Estimated Fees* (International): $57,915 per programme (220 points)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
*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.

Degree Planner

Degree planner — Master of Professional Accounting (220 points) - November intake

November to December (G semester)

Choose either ACCTN582 or ACCTN583:

  • Core knowledge
  • Advanced knowledge
  • Professional skills
  • Explanatory note

Papers not linked above:

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Degree planner — Master of Professional Accounting (220 points) - January intake

January to February (H semester)

Choose either ACCTN582 or ACCTN583:

  • Core knowledge
  • Advanced knowledge
  • Professional skills
  • Explanatory note

Papers not linked above:

This information is provisional and subject to change.


You can apply for the Master of Professional Accounting if you:

  • Have a bachelor's degree in any subject area
  • Have achieved at least a B-minus grade average in your final year of study

International students

International students must have an equivalent qualification from a recognised university, and meet the University of Waikato's English language requirements.

If you do not meet these requirements, you can enrol in an English language programme with our University of Waikato College.


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Contacts

Management Student Centre (MSC)

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

Have a chat with one of our friendly advisers to help you plan your degree.

Phone: +64 7 838 4610
Email: [email protected]

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