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Master of Accounting and Finance (MAccFin)

Apply for the Master of Accounting and Finance (MAccFin) through the Dunedin campus in 2022

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Overview

This 12-month qualification will enable accounting and finance students to learn advanced financial and analytical skills. By using the latest technology and investigating current complex problems, students will be better prepared to enter the workforce with critical thinking, research, and advanced technical skills.

The Master of Accounting and Finance (MAccFin) is open to strong students with an undergraduate degree in Accountancy and Finance, or a major in Accountancy with a minor in Finance.

This additional year of post-graduate study before embarking on the Chartered Accountant pathway will set students up for graduate roles in tax, audit, consulting, transaction advisory, risk advisory, and actuarial services.

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Contact details

Department of Accountancy and Finance
Email accountancyfinance@otago.ac.nz
Tel +64 3 479 8072

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Subject area

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Programme requirements

Master of Accounting and Finance (MAccFin)

The 180 point programme of study shall consist of:

Plus papers to the equivalent of 80 points from ACCT 403-414, ACCT 499, and FINC 402-499 (excluding FINC 480), and including at least one paper from ACCT and one from FINC.

Regulations for the Degree of Master of Accounting and Finance (MAccFin)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Commerce).
    2. Every applicant must either
      1. be a graduate with a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Accounting with a second major or minor in Finance, and normally have achieved an average grade of B+ in the papers satisfying the final-year major subject requirements for the degree, or
      2. have equivalent alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Commerce).
    3. In considering an applicant’s qualifications, regard will be given to the detail of the course of study followed to gain the qualification, as well as the applicant’s performance in the programme.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. Every programme of study shall consist of approved papers from the schedule of papers available for the degree of Master of Accounting and Finance to the value of 180 points
    2. With prior approval from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce), papers worth up to a maximum of 60 points in a relevant subject offered by another tertiary institution, may be granted transfer credit for equivalent paper(s) within the programme. Such credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    3. A candidate and the supervisor shall, before commencing the applied or research project, secure the approval of the Programme Co-ordinator for the proposed topic.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    1. A full-time candidate shall normally complete the requirements of the degree within twelve months or three semesters, and a part-time candidate within four years of commencing the Programme.
    2. Exceptions to the normal duration of a programme shall be permitted only with the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce).

  4. Withdrawal from the Programme

    Where a candidate withdraws from the programme after completing the prescribed papers, whether voluntarily or otherwise, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce) may recommend the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce or determine which papers shall be credited towards the Diploma.

  5. Examination of the Project

    1. The project manuscript shall normally be reviewed by two examiners, to be determined by the Programme Co-ordinator.
    2. Each examiner shall supply a written report and recommend a mark and grade on the basis of the final manuscript as submitted.
    3. Where there is disagreement over a final result, an independent moderator determined by the Programme Co-ordinator shall arrive at a decision.

  6. Level of Award of the Degree

    The degree may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  7. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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