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Master of Accounting and Finance

Develop a deeper understanding of the complexity of accountancy and finance

A Master of Accounting and Finance (MAccFin) will give you the advanced knowledge and research skills you need to move successfully between careers in both accounting and finance.

You’ll be well-positioned for opportunities in analytics, equity, and ESG research relevant to business, academic and consulting pathways.

Select from papers in corporate finance, capital markets and carbon finance.

Examine the role of accounting from governance, regulatory, contracting and market perspectives.

Consider the role of social and environmental disclosures, particularly around carbon risk and reporting.

Why study MAccFin at Otago?

Accounting and finance have evolved to include financial models and analytics that inform corporate, environmental, governance and investment decisions.

Our world-leading, active researchers will develop your analytical mindset and your ability to apply and communicate your insights.

Access to data from leading providers such as Bloomberg, CRPS, DataStream and Standard and Poors will give you a competitive advantage when solving complex, real-world problems. And you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the effects of climate risk and social and environmental disclosures on the financial market.

Our teaching focuses on practitioner application. You will present work in class, write comprehensive reports and engage as a problem-solver while developing strong critical thinking and the ability to analyse financial information, critique investment decisions, and implement numerical financial models.

Key information

  • 12–18 months full-time study or 24–36 months part-time study.
  • Open to students who have completed a bachelor’s degree with a double major in Accountancy and Finance or a major in Accountancy with a minor in Finance.
  • Applicants should usually have achieved an average grade of B+ in the relevant 300-level papers.
  • Applicants with equivalent alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce) will also be considered
  • Taught on campus with lectures, tutorials, presentations by students, small group discussions and seminars, and technology-driven support using social media and Blackboard.
  • Several papers feature practical workshops using market data, valuation exercises and case studies.
  • Students are assessed by in-class presentations, assignments, group and individual reports, mid-semester tests and final examinations.

Degree structure

You must complete three compulsory papers:

  • ACFI 459 - Advanced Research Methods
  • ACCT 411 - Literature Review
  • FINC 406 - Advanced Financial Econometrics

One of:

  • ACFI 501 - Applied Project
  • ACFI 580 - Research Project

Plus a total of four papers from the following list, including at least one ACCT and one FINC paper:

  • ACCT 403 - Advanced Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 404 - Empirical and Methodological
  • ACCT 406 - Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT 410 - Advanced Performance Management Accounting
  • ACCT 411 - Literature Review
  • ACCT 414 - Sustainability Accounting and Reporting
  • ACCT 499 - Special Topic
  • FINC 402 - Advanced Corporate Finance
  • FINC 403 - Studies in Capital Markets
  • FINC 405 - Mathematical Finance
  • FINC 406 - Advanced Financial Econometrics
  • FINC 410 - Advanced International Financial Management
  • FINC 411 - Financial Risk Management
  • FINC 412 - Financial Analytics
  • FINC 420 - Climate and Energy Finance
  • FINC 425 - Governance Issues in Finance
  • FINC 460 - Advanced Fixed Income Securities
  • FINC 498 - Special Topic
  • FINC 499 - Special Topic

Career opportunities

The MAccFin is designed to take advantage of expanding vocational and research opportunities in the accountancy sector, including advisory and consulting roles with major accounting firms, corporate finance merger and acquisition valuations, and asset pricing in New Zealand and internationally.

If you want to enter the workforce and become CA qualified, this additional year will prepare you for the disruption occurring in accounting. Automation increasingly allows accountants to focus on more complex problems, so they benefit from having a wider skill set: the ability to apply an analytics mindset, and a richer understanding of the role of traditional accounting and ESG reporting in a range of decision-making situations.

Start your application at the MAccFin regulations page