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Master of Applied Practice (Professional Accounting)

Do you want to become an accountant but you don’t have an accounting degree? If you have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline and wish to pursue a professional career in accounting, this postgraduate programme is the fast track to your success.

180 (1.5 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Full-time for 18 months or part-time for two to six years.

Programme overview

Our Master programme in Professional Accounting 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.


  • Provides you with the academic requirements for membership into CAANZ and CPA Australia and entry into the Chartered Accountants Program (CAANZ Recognised Qualifications and the CPA Australia Accredited Courses list).
  • 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.
  • A globally recognised programme.
  • International students can apply for a Post Study Work Visa to gain work experience in New Zealand.

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

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

Courses Credits Aim
Applied Practice in Context (CISC8000) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to critically examine and contextualise practice and develop a critical understanding of how indigenous knowledge and cultural responsiveness, society, ethics, environment and law inform practice.
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
Courses Credits Aim
Aotearoa-New Zealand Social Policy (CISC8005) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) Situates Aotearoa- New Zealand social policy in historical and current contexts and applies contemporary solutions to professional practice.
Contemporary Issues in Community Engagement (CISC8006) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) The develop the student to be able to critically compare and analyse contemporary theories and their practical applications in community engagement practice.
Review of Literature (CISC8012) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To critically analyse literature on a selected topic or specialist area through the comparative critical reading of texts. Students will engage with existing theory and practice in a given field to enable them to position their study within a body of knowledge.
Courses Credits Aim
Research Thesis (CISC9090) 90.0 credits (0.75 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) (CISC9120) 120.0 credits (1 EFTS) To develop a student’s ability to undertake a thesis or relevant output probably work-based, and will provide an opportunity for collaboration.