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Programmes, entry and fees


Master of Professional Accounting (MProfAcctg)

The Master of Professional Accounting is an 18-month coursework masters degree programme designed to prepare graduates for a career in accounting. You will acquire knowledge and skills in business, accounting, finance, commercial law and taxation.

The programme is recognised by key professional accounting bodies, including Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ formerly NZICA), CPA Australia, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountant CIMA.

240 points over 18 months

Career prospects

With a Master of Professional Accounting you will have the skills and knowledge required to launch a career as an accountant with a chartered accountancy practice, industry or the public sector.


Likely roles include:

  • Auditor
  • Tax Specialist
  • Management Accountant
  • Systems Accountant
  • Business Adviser

The 18-month Master of Professional Accounting is recognised as providing the academic preparation for graduates seeking to qualify as chartered accountants or certified practising accountants.

The programme is a recognised pathway for provisional membership of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) and is accredited by CPA Australia as a programme meeting the requirements for associate membership.

In addition, the programme is recognised by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and students who have completed the Master of Professional Accounting qualify for the maximum nine exemptions. Graduates of this programme are also offered a fast track to Chartered Institute of Management Accountant (CIMA) membership through the Masters Gateway Assessment.

For more information about the additional practical experience and study module requirements for becoming a Chartered Accountant, please refer to the membership body websites.

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand provide information about the NZICA pathway.
Visit the CAANZ website

CPA Australia is one of the world’s largest accounting bodies.
Visit the CPA Australia website

ACCA is a global body for professional accountants with members and students in over 170 countries.

View the ACCA website


CIMA logo
CIMA is the world’s largest and leading professional body of management accountants.

View the CIMA website


Degree structure

The Master of Professional Accounting is an 18 month, 240-point programme studied over six quarters. You will study core business courses before continuing on to study a set of specialised Accounting courses.

You will also complete four professional development modules as an important component of your degree. These will equip you with the professional skills that you will need to enhance your employability and success in the business world.

Course information for current students is available on the Business School website.


Courses

Core

Course code Course title Points Description
BUSMGT 711 Managing People and Organisations 15 Focuses on the foundations of organisational behaviour and managing within the workplace. Examines the challenges that managers and leaders face in managing people and organisations.
BUSMGT 712 Principles of Business Analytics 15 Focuses on fact-based and data-driven decision making in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world. Examines decision biases and tools to overcome decision making under VUCA, particularly through critical and structured thinking.
BUSMGT 713 Financial Reporting and Control 15 Focuses on essential accounting knowledge for effective resource allocation and for quantifying, assessing, and communicating information about the health of the enterprise.
BUSMGT 714 Economics for Managers 15 Examines attributes and behaviours of consumers, firms, markets and institutions and their impacts on the macroeconomy. Focuses on the micro and macroeconomic aspects of market actors from a managerial perspective.

 

Specialisation

Course code Course title Points Description
BUSMGT 731 Financial Reporting and Accounting 15 Provides an overview of financial accounting principles within New Zealand and the understanding and application of New Zealand Financial Reporting Standards. Focuses on the role financial statements play in investment, analysis and contracting decisions.
BUSMGT 732 Business Finance 15 Examines the functions of the markets for real and financial assets, and their valuation. Focuses on the various techniques that financial managers can create wealth for shareholders and stakeholders.
BUSMGT 733 Analysing Financial Statement 15 Focuses on the analysis of financial statements and the assessments of an organisation’s performance. Develops an understanding of appropriate tools and techniques used to measure and assess risk and value.
BUSMGT 735 Management Accounting 15 Design and management of revenue and cost management system. Analysis of budgets and standards, costing system, cost systems for decision-making and control, performance appraisal, and contemporary related issues.

Professional development

Course code Course title Points Description
BUSMGT 701 Professional Development Module 1 7.5 Establishes an understanding of self as an individual within a personal, cultural and ‘emerging professional’ context. Provides opportunities for the development of applied communication skills and personal career planning strategies to become an agile, reflective professional.
BUSMGT 702 Professional Development Module 2 7.5 Develops key interpersonal strategies and skills to manage self and function effectively and cooperatively as a professional in a range of business environments. Builds on personal and professional goals focussing on the presentation of self to the market place.
BUSMGT 703 Professional Development Module 3 7.5 Engages the emerging manager in developing skills and capabilities that will enhance the ability to work effectively and manage others including cross-border contexts. Focuses on the application of tools and models to develop an understanding of the complexity of organisational contexts and the challenges and issues which confront managers.
BUSMGT 704 Professional Development Module 4 7.5 Focuses on the development of advanced professional attributes which are essential to leadership including influencing others and managing change. Creates understanding of an entrepreneurial mind-set and emphasises techniques for identifying and evaluating business opportunities. Develops skills and competencies including advanced communication through the critical analysis of applied scenarios.

Advanced specialisation

Course code Course title Points Description
BUSMGT 734 Strategic Management Accounting 15 Critically analyses the role of strategic management accounting in facilitating strategic decision making and sustainable value creation. Evaluates strategic cost management tools and techniques, budgetary control systems and performance measurement through an applied research project.
BUSACT 701 Commercial and Corporate Law 15 Examines the impact of the law on decision making and management of an organisation. Develops the ability to identify legal requirements, issues and mechanisms critical to managing the risk/reward profile of the firm and achieving its strategic objectives.
BUSACT 702 Accounting Information Systems 15 Examines the process of development and distribution of accounting information for decision making. Emphases will be on the role of accounting information, business processes, system mapping and documentation through data flow diagrams and flowcharts, transaction cycles, and control of risk.
BUSACT 703 Taxation for Business 15 Provides an overview of the Income Tax Act and the Goods and Services Tax Act and how they are relevant to taxpayers. Topics covered include the nature of income, taxation of common types of income, the deduction and prohibition of various types of expenses, tax accounting issues, provisional tax, rebates, PAYE system, tax returns, and an introduction to GST.
BUSACT 704 Auditing for Business 15 Provides an understanding of the audit of financial statements that lends support to their credibility. Emphases will be on the audit process, including the planning stage to the issuing of the audit opinion.
BUSACT 705 Capstone Project for MProfAcctg 15 Provides opportunities to extend and integrate the understanding of theoretical and practical issues in accounting through a ‘real-world’ business
case. Involves the assessment of risk, cost of capital, financial analysis of performance, forecasting, and the development of recommendations for change and/or improvement.

Advancing in the programme: To progress into one of the specialisations in the third quarter students much achieve a B- average in the four core courses. To continue into the advanced specialisations students need a B average in their specialisation.

Exit pathway: If you are unable or choose not to continue with your masters programme, you may apply to reassign courses passed towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Management or Postgraduate Diploma in Management. For more information email businessmasters@auckland.ac.nz.

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Entry requirements

All our Business Masters degrees are pre-experience coursework programmes. This means that applicants require little or no work experience to gain entrance into these programmes.


Academic requirements

To gain entry you will need to have completed a bachelors degree from a recognised university or learning institution with the equivalent of at least a New Zealand B average in the most advanced courses. This can be either a degree in business* or a non-business degree in a relevant discipline such as the arts, engineering, technology, or science.

In assessing your application we will take into account the ranking of the institution at which you completed your bachelors degree as well as the grades achieved in the relevant subjects. For indicative entry scores by country please see the table below.

Country Entry score
Australia Credit average
Brazil 7.0/10
Canada 3.3/4.3
Chile 5.0/7
China (211/985) 75%
China (non-211/985) 80-85%
Colombia 3.5/5
Denmark 8.0/13
France 12.0/20.0
Germany 2.8/5
Hong Kong 3.0/4
India First Class
Indonesia 3.0/4
Iran 14/20
Israel 65/100
Italy 80/110
Japan 70/100
Korea 3.0/4.5
Kuwait 3.0/4
Malaysia 3.0/4
Netherlands 7.0/10
New Zealand B average
Philippines 85/100
Saudi Arabia 3.5/5
Singapore 3.5/5
South Africa 65-70/100
Sri Lanka 60-65/100
Taiwan 75/100
Thailand 3.0/4
UK (Honours) 2.1
USA 3.0/4
Vietnam 7.0/10

Note: These scores are indicative only and subject to review.

*Applicants who have completed advanced course(s) in an undergraduate degree which are considered substantially similar to courses in this programme will be required to complete substitute course(s). Advice will be provided to students on a case-by-case basis.

Country Entry score
Australia Credit average
Brazil 7.0/10
Canada 3.3/4.3
Chile 5.0/7
China (211/985) 75%
China (non-211/985) 80-85%
Colombia 3.5/5
Denmark 8.0/13
France 12.0/20.0
Germany 2.8/5
Hong Kong 3.0/4
India First Class
Indonesia 3.0/4
Iran 14/20
Israel 65/100
Italy 80/110
Country Entry score
Japan 70/100
Korea 3.0/4.5
Kuwait 3.0/4
Malaysia 3.0/4
Netherlands 7.0/10
New Zealand B average
Philippines 85/100
Saudi Arabia 3.5/5
Singapore 3.5/5
South Africa 65-70/100
Sri Lanka 60-65/100
Taiwan 75/100
Thailand 3.0/4
UK (Honours) 2.1
USA 3.0/4
Vietnam 7.0/10

Note: These scores are indicative only and subject to review.

*Applicants who have completed advanced course(s) in an undergraduate degree which are considered substantially similar to courses in this programme will be required to complete substitute course(s). Advice will be provided to students on a case-by-case basis.

English requirements

Our Business Masters programmes are taught entirely in English. You must therefore be able to understand, speak and write English fluently. To be eligible for entrance, international students must achieve:

  • Academic IELTS 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or;
  • TOEFL (paper-based) 575 (TWE 4.5), or;
  • TOEFL (internet-based) 90 (written 21), or;
  • Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP) B-, or;
  • English Pathway for Postgraduate Studies (EPPS) B-;
  • PTE Academic 58, with no PTE communicative skills score below 50.

If your English does not meet the required standard, our English Language Academy offers the following courses:

Fees and scholarships

Fees

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. All fees are inclusive of 15% GST and the student services fee, but do not include course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative and only applicable to the September 2018 intake.

  International students (NZ$) Domestic students (NZ$)
Master of Professional Accounting $79,207.00 $37,591.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are open to admitted students for any of the Business Masters programmes offered by the University of Auckland. The basis of selection will be academic merit and a written statement covering career goals and motivation.

University of Auckland Business Masters Scholarships (International)

The main purpose of the scholarships are to support international students to gain the skills and knowledge required to launch a business career by completing a Master of Management, Master of International Business, Master of Marketing, Master of Professional Accounting or Master of Human Resource Management degree at the University of Auckland Business School. A key objective is to enhance the diversity of the class profile.

University of Auckland Business Masters Scholarships (Domestic)

The main purpose of the scholarships are to support domestic students to gain the skills and knowledge required to launch a business career by completing a Master of Management, Master of International Business, Master of Marketing, Master of Professional Accounting or Master of Human Resource Management degree at the University of Auckland Business School.

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Key dates

The University of Auckland Graduate School of Management operates on a rolling admissions basis. This means that you can apply for entry into your chosen programme up to 12 months before the programme start date.


Intake dates:

April 2019

International students must apply by 1 February 2020
Domestic students must apply by 1 March 2020

September 2019

International students must apply by 1 July 2020
Domestic students must apply by 1 August 2020

 

Late applications may be considered subject to the availability of places.

Start dates:

The programme is delivered in quarters. Each quarter is 10 weeks long followed by a two week break. There are four quarters per calendar year.

An orientation week will be held for each new intake of students. It is an essential part of your learning journey and has been designed to help you to develop the skills and strategies you will need for a successful transition into your studies.

 

 

Programme intake Orientation week begins Lectures begin
April 2020 6 April 2020 15 April 2020
September 2020 21 September 2020 28 September 2020
2020 Academic dates
Quarter 1 (Q1)  
Lectures begin Monday 13 January
Lectures end Friday 20 March
Quarter 2 (Q2)  
Orientation week begins (new students) Monday 6 April
Lectures begin Wednesday 15 April
Lectures end Friday 19 June
Quarter 3 (Q3)  
Lectures begin Monday 6 July
Lectures end Friday 11 September
Quarter 4 (Q4)  
Orientation week begins (new students) Monday 21 September
Lectures begin Monday 28 September
Lectures end Friday 4 December