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Master of Professional Accounting (MProfAcct)

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In recent years, the nature of accounting in the global business workplace has moved from being principally the preparation of financial reports to now include the role of business adviser and consultant. Most students seeking graduate placements in the field of accounting will have completed a standard three-year undergraduate degree in this subject.

Otago’s Master of Professional Accounting provides an opportunity for graduates with little or no experience or qualifications in accounting to pursue professional accreditation through an intensive course of study and applied research over a period of 18 months. On completion of the degree students can gain professional accreditation and membership to industry associations such as CAANZ and CPA Australia.

Master of Professional Accounting students will be required to gain mastery of the subject matter and skills at an accelerated rate that is considered appropriate, challenging and manageable for a graduate.

Starts February (semester 1).

See the Research (Thesis) Masters' Degrees page for further information.

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Contact details

Programme Director

Dr Muhammad Nadeem
Senior Lecturer
Tel +64 3 479 5658
Office OBS 3.14
Department of Accountancy & Finance

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Subject area

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Programme requirements

Master of Professional Accounting (MProfAcct)

Papers Points

ACCT 403  Advanced Financial Accounting

ACCT 406  Accounting Information Systems

ACCT 409  Advanced Management Accounting

ACCT 421  Financial Accounting

ACCT 422  Management Accounting

ACCT 423  Finance

ACCT 429  Commercial Law

ACTP 411  Auditing Practice

ACTP 412  Taxation Practice

BSNS 401  The Environment of Business and Economics

ACCT 501  Applied Project












Regulations for the Degree of Master of Professional Accounting (MProfAcct)

  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 and normally have achieved an average grade of B in the relevant 300-level papers, 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 had 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. The programme of study shall consist of ten 20-point taught papers together with a 40-point applied project:

      ACCT 403 Advanced Financial Accounting
      ACCT 406 Accounting Information Systems
      ACCT 409 Advanced Management Accounting
      ACCT 421 Financial Accounting
      ACCT 422 Management Accounting
      ACCT 423 Finance
      ACCT 429 Commercial Law
      ACTP 411 Auditing Practice
      ACTP 412 Taxation Practice
      BSNS 401 The Environment of Business and Economics
      ACCT 501 Applied Project

    2. A candidate may be exempted from some of the required papers on the basis of previous study, subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce). Alternative papers will be required to be at an equivalent level of study, and to a maximum of 20 points.
    3. A candidate shall, before commencing the investigation to be described in the applied or research report, secure the approval of the Head of the Department of Accountancy and Finance for the topic, the supervisor(s) and the proposed course of the investigation.
    4. A candidate may not present a research report which has previously been accepted for another degree.
    5. A candidate must pass both the papers and the research report components.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    A candidate must normally complete the requirements for the programme in 18 months of full-time study.

  4. Withdrawal from the Programme

    1. A candidate whose paper results are not satisfactory shall be required to withdraw from the programme.
    2. Where a candidate withdraws from the programme, whether voluntarily or otherwise, after completing the prescribed papers, 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 Applied Project

    1. The report shall normally be assessed by two examiners internal to the University of Otago, neither of which is the candidate’s supervisor.
    2. Each examiner shall supply a written report and recommend a mark or grade on the basis of the report as submitted, and an overall result.
    3. Where there is disagreement regarding the result, the Programme Director should so report to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce) or nominee who shall arrive at a decision after consulting a referee who should normally be external to the Department of Accountancy and Finance.

  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.

    Note: The due date for applications for first enrolment in the programme is 10 December. Late applications will be considered.

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