Master of Accountancy
The programme is designed for recent graduates (non-accounting) who intend to pursue a career in professional accounting. It will also benefit those working in other non-accounting areas, who seek a thorough education in the principles and practice of accounting. The programme emphasises substantive and operational knowledge as well as the skills and competencies for an accounting professional/practitioner. The Part I of the programme has been accredited by the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants for Certified Public Accountants Qualification Programme purpose.
Programme Learning Goals
The learning goals of the MAcc are as follows:
- Students will have the contemporary knowledge of accounting.
- Students will be analytical and critical thinkers able to solve business problems.
- Students will have the fundamental knowledge in professional ethics and business and company law.
- Students will have an understanding of the accounting theory and the latest developments in accounting practice.
- Exemption application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Only courses completed at postgraduate level (and achieved a satisfactory grade) from a recognized tertiary institution within the past 5 years and with similar contents can be used to claim for exemption for core and elective courses.
- Only courses completed at undergraduate level (and achieved a satisfactory grade) from a recognized tertiary institution within the past 5 years and with similar contents can be used to claim for exemption for pre-core courses.
- A maximum of five pre-core courses may be exempted.
- In general, a maximum of one-sixth of the total unit-requirement may be exempted and students are required to pay the full tuition fees for exempted courses. A student may receive a block exemption for 6 courses provided that they were obtained in the HKBU PgD in PA programme which the student had successfully completed. In addition, a student may receive a maximum exemption for 4 courses provided that they were obtained in the HKBU Master of Science in Applied Accounting and Finance (MSc in AAF) which the student had successfully completed. Graduates of HKBU PgD in PA and MSc in AAF are not required to pay the full tuition fees for exempted courses.
Please note that the Department will not admit the PgDPA graduates in 2012-13 academic year for the second part of the programme. Interested PgDPA graduates could apply the programme starting from 2013-14 academic year.
- Students are required to provide a copy of academic transcript and relevant course outline/syllabus for application for course exemption. Otherwise, application for exemption will not be considered.
In April 2010, the School of Business received full accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). Founded in 1916, AACSB International is a specialized agency that grants accreditation for undergraduate and graduate business administration and accounting programmes. AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management education.
What AACSB says about our School and our programmes:
- Assurance of Learning Framework
- Honours Project involving an original research project by a student or pair of students and mentored by a faculty member
- Integrated mission-driven extracurricular activities complementing the traditional academic curriculum to support the School’s whole-person focus
(Quoted from Best Practices Report of AACSB Initial Peer Review Team Report. The entire report is available upon request.)
(a) Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA)
The Part One of the programme has been accredited by the HKICPA as equivalent to a Conversion Programme for HKICPA Qualification Programme (QP) admission purposes. Upon completion of the programme, students are eligible to register in the HKICPA QP (Route 2: Non-Accountancy Degree Holder), provided they hold a recognized Bachelor’s degree.
(b) Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
The Part One of the programme has been accredited by the ACCA. Graduates of the programme can be obtain a maximum exemption of 9 papers (paper F1-F9) from the ACCA professional examination.
(c) CPA Australia
Graduate of the MAcc programme can obtain exemption of 8 exams in CPA Program foundation level and are eligible to apply for CPA Australia Associate Membership.
(d) The Association of International Accountants (AIA)
The programme has been assessed by the AIA for granting exemption of 12 papers in Foundation Level and Professional Level 1.
Applicants seeking admission to the MAcc programme should be:
- Holders of a Bachelor’s degree in business (non-accounting) or a related discipline from a recognized tertiary institution; or
- Holders of a Bachelor's degree in a non-business discipline from a recognized tertiary institution; or
- Holders of a qualification deemed to be equivalent
- Applicants bear the responsibility to confirm with HKICPA that their Bachelor’s degrees are recognized in meeting the student registration requirements of the HKICPA QP before applying for admission to the MAcc programme.
- Expecting Bachelor’s degree holders who will acquire the requisite academic qualification before the programme commencement may also apply for admission.
- Both business (non-accounting) and non-business degree holders must satisfy the Pre-core programme requirements prior to their completion of the MAcc programme. The Pre-core programme includes courses on Accounting, Economics, Information Systems, Management and Statistics. Applicants should have demonstrated in their official academic transcripts that they possess fundamental knowledge in these areas. Students may also satisfy the Pre-core programme requirements by taking equivalent courses in other recognized programmes. Participants with deficiencies in any of these courses must take, at their extra cost, the prescribed Pre-core courses (which are no credit-unit courses with pass/fail option) to satisfy the competency requirements for admission to the HKICPA QP.
Selection will be primarily judged on the basis of results in official academic transcripts and supporting documents. However, interviews may be arranged to further assess applicants' qualifications.
English Proficiency Requirement
Applicants whose Bachelor’s degrees are obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should also fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:
- a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test) or 80 (internet-based test); or
- an overall band score of 6.0 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS) ; or
- a score of 450 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of China or a pass in the old CET-6 test ; or
- an equivalent score on a comparable test.
Mode of Study
The normal duration of the programme is as follows:
- Part-time Mode: 2 years
- Full-time Mode: 1 year
- HK$66,600 for the Part One and HK$79,200 for Part Two for the programme, excluding Pre-core programme fee. Total tuition fee is HK$145,800.
- Pre-core programme: $5,000 per course.
Seven core courses and five elective courses in this programme are included in the Continuing Education Fund (CEF) reimbursable course list issued by the HKSAR Government. Students are eligible to apply for reimbursement of the tuition fees paid on these twelve courses, subject to the maximum ceiling of HK$10,000 per applicant.
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