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How long you will study
14 months

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Course starts
January, November

International course fees
NZD 36990 per year

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About Master of Professional Accounting at University of Waikato

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

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