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Ramp up your career with a recognised accounting degree

Make the move into accounting or get the certification you need to take the next step in your accountancy career.

Develop the ability to manage complex accounting and business issues, and the confidence to provide specialist expertise.

You’ll build an understanding of professional practice, ethics and procedures, and insight into the business landscape in New Zealand and internationally.

Fast-track or fit in with work

Set up to fill a global shortage of accounting graduates, the MPA helps you fast-track your certification—it’s a globally-recognised qualification you can complete in 16–17 months full-time study.

The MPA is also ideal for working professionals wanting to add accountancy to their resume. You don’t need to have studied accounting before and evening courses mean you can study part time while working.

International recognition

The MPA gives you the academic requirements for certification from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and CPA Australia.

The School of Accounting and Commercial Law is part of Victoria Business School, the only school in New Zealand to get accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in both Business and Accounting.

The Victoria Business School is among a small group of business schools worldwide that hold the 'Triple Crown' of international business education accreditations. You can be confident your qualification will stand up against the best around the world.

Find out more about accreditations and what they mean for you.

What you'll study

Develop professional skills in financial management, accounting information systems, financial reporting, business law, auditing, corporate governance and contemporary accounting standards around the world.

Build deeper expertise through advanced courses in financial accounting, management accounting and financial management.

You’ll study 14 core courses and either two special topics or a research paper.

How you'll learn

You can either start in the first or the third trimester.

Assessment includes projects, tests and examinations.

You’ll learn from leading professionals who will encourage you to aim for high-level roles. MPA staff include a former auditor general, a member of the Securities Commission, current and former members of the accounting standard-setting bodies as well as former partners in major chartered accounting firms.

Workload and duration

The workload is about 15 hours per course each week.

Full time

Full-time MPA students can expect a workload of 60 hours per week.The MPA normally takes at least four trimesters full time—about 16–17 months.

Part time

Part-time MPA students can take between one and four courses per trimester.You must complete all your courses within four years of enrolling in the programme.


Postgraduate study at Victoria will help you build valuable relationships and networks with peers, university staff and future colleagues from around the world.

You'll have access to the faculty postgraduate facilities and opportunities to attend events, workshops, careers sessions and seminars such as the Student Learning Postgraduate Research skills sessions. You'll also be able to meet with people from the chartered accountancy bodies on campus.

The Postgraduate Students' Association can give you information and provides a voice for you within the University.


As well as roles in accountancy firms, your MPA can set you up for a career in banking and finance, law, government, not-for-profits and companies large and small. You’ll be on track to move into roles including chief financial officer, general manager—finance and finance manager.





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