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Master of Applied Practice (Professional Accounting)

Looking for a way to fast track a career change into accountancy? Regardless of what discipline you studied in your Bachelor’s degree, our professional accountancy master’s programme will have you on your way towards a professional career in accounting within 18 months.

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

This programme is no longer offered for new applicants. Please consider the Master of Professional Accounting as an alternative. If you've already applied for this programme, we'll contact you about moving to a suitable alternative.


This master’s is a conversion programme. It allows you to pursue a career in accounting by providing an advanced understanding of accounting principles and practice

You’ll focus on acquiring core technical knowledge in accounting, auditing, taxation, accounting information systems and financial management, as well as developing critical thinking, analytical skills and research capabilities.

To become a registered chartered accountant in New Zealand, you need to gain membership to the following professional accounting bodies:

There are so many benefits to being professionally certified and registered – global networking opportunities, discounted professional development – so when you successfully graduate this programme, you’ll have the academic requirements to gain membership.


  • Small classes. Facilitated by expert lecturers with the right experience to support your learning.
  • Advance your career. No prior experience in accounting or commerce is required.
  • Gain membership to professional accounting bodies. This programme provides you with the academic requirements for membership with CA ANZ and CPA Australia.
  • Applied learning. Utilise case studies and projects to apply theory and skills to real-world situations.
  • Complete a research project. Undertake a research project in an area of accounting you’re interested in exploring.  
  • Get work experience. Apply accounting skills in an organisation to gain valuable work experience.
  • Post-study work visa. 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 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
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.