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Programme overview

The Master of Applied Practice (Professional Accounting) (MPA) is a conversion masters that gives you the opportunity to change your career if you don’t have an accounting background. It provides an advanced understanding of accounting principles and practise and combines this with practical work experience.

This programme provides you with the academic requirements for membership of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and the Certified Practising Accountants Australia (CPA Australia); the pathway for those who want to become registered chartered accountants.

Highlights

  • Provides you with the academic requirements for membership into CA ANZ and CPA Australia.
  • Gain the necessary knowledge and skills to become an accounting professional.
  • Learn from world class lecturers who teach in a collaborative and supportive manner.
  • No final exams, this programme is graded entirely by assessment.
  • Your final project takes place in industry – so you work in a business where you apply your accounting skills and gain valuable work experience.
  • Study a globally recognised programme.
  • International students can apply for a Post-Study Work Visa to gain work experience in New Zealand.

Want to know more?

Contact Dr Keith Hooper (khooper@unitec.ac.nz) or Jenny Wang (jwang2@unitec.ac.nz).

For the academic requirements for entry into the Chartered Accountants Program see the CAANZ Recognised Qualifications and the CPA Australia Accredited Courses list.

Gain membership to professional accounting bodies

This programme meets the academic requirements for those seeking registration with the following professional bodies. You should take a look at their websites for more information about the benefits of professional membership and the opportunities for certified and registered chartered accountants.
CPA Australia.
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ).

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. A Bachelor’s degree or Level 7 Graduate Diploma in the same or similar discipline with a B- average or above
2. A minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing)
3. If English is your second language, you will need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t meet the requirements? We also accept:

  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

All courses and timetables for 2018 will be available shortly.

CoursesCreditsAim
Research and Community-Informed Practice (CISC8001) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop the student to be able to critically examine and evaluate a body of literature in relation to a practice/work-based issue to arrive at a relevant and informed research question(s) and to contextualise and understand the relevance of this question to practice and the wider community
Research Question (CISC8002) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)Enable a student to engage industry and community relevant to discipline and then begin to create feasible and well-defined research questions as well as determine the most appropriate research method or range of methods to address these research questions.
Accounting and Finance (CISC8801) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To analyse the financial accounting skills required in the practice of accounting and financial analysis extending to external reporting within a regulatory framework
Accounting Information Systems (CISC8802) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To critically evaluate the essential requirements of an accounting information system with the aim to select/design a new system using advanced technologies and controls that helps an entity to meet its financial and non-financial information requirements.
Financial Reporting (CISC8803) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To critically examine conceptual and practical issues in relation to the complex areas of external financial reporting.
Strategic Management Accounting (CISC8804) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To critically evaluate the role of both management accounting and the management accountant in supporting the strategic direction of an organisation.
Taxation (CISC8805) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To apply New Zealand taxation principles, policies and processes to individual and business taxpayers and problems.
Audit and Assurance (CISC8806) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To devise and develop a conceptual and practical approach to the audit of financial statements
CoursesCreditsAim
Human Rights and Social Justice (CISC8007) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)Enable the student to critically examine, analyse and discuss, social, cultural and legal concepts of social justice and human rights in Aotearoa-New Zealand and in a global context. To develop a students ability to critique a human-rights-based approach to professional practice in relation to social justice in New Zealand.
CoursesCreditsAim
Research Thesis- Enrolment (CISC9090ENR) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop a student’s ability to undertake a thesis or relevant output probably work-based, and will provide an opportunity for collaboration.
Research Thesis (Extended) - Enrolment (CISC9120ENR) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop a student’s ability to undertake a thesis or relevant output probably work-based, and will provide an opportunity for collaboration.

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The 'Key Information for Students' below does not reflect any international student information.

Please take this information as a guideline only. For example, you will often see a difference between these tuition fees and our estimate above. This is because there are a number of variables, such as the specific courses chosen within a programme.

The national graduate outcomes information is for all tertiary New Zealand providers including Unitec. This information is provided by the New Zealand Government and is derived from a national database that links educational and income information.

The statistical results below are a summary for:

Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements: A relevant degree or Level 7 graduate diploma with proof of work plus English language requirements. Special admission is also accepted.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.

Duration

2 Years

Tuition Fees

Annual

Total Qualification

Student fees:  $4,165$8,330
Government tuition subsidy: $5,623$11,246
Total:$9,788$19,576

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

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Note:All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.