Master of Professional Accounting Victoria University has developed a new programme providing a Master’s degree in Professional Accounting (M.P.A.) – the first such degree to be offered in New Zealand. This programme may be completed in 16-17 months. The M.P.A. has been developed in response to a shortage of accounting graduates, both in New Zealand and internationally. It is open to graduates with a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline. The MPA will provide the opportunity to pursue membership of New Zealand and international accounting bodies. About the Programme The M.P.A. is designed to provide students with the skills and understanding required as accounting professionals. The programme meets the academic requirements of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA), CPA Australia and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). The programme will equip graduates for leadership in the profession through their knowledge of accounting issues and understanding of professional practice, ethics and procedures. Graduates will have been instructed by academic staff who are leaders in public and private sector accounting. They will have been encouraged to aim for high-level roles in the profession and in organisations. Students completing MPA will know and understand the main elements of the accounting discipline; the financial context in which business operates as well as the financial implications of business decisions; professional practice, ethics and procedures; the legal, economic and social environment in which business and accounting decisions are made in New Zealand and internationally. Amongst the World's Best Accounting Schools Victoria University’s School of Accounting and Commercial Law (S.A.C.L.) has been ranked among the best in the world for research quality in an international ranking. Each year, Brigham Young University in the United States ranks universities throughout the world based upon the research output of accounting staff. Location All courses are taught at Pipitea Campus, which is located in the heart of Wellington's legal, government and business district. The campus includes the Old Government Buildings, Rutherford House, and the Railway West Wing. As the campus is next to Wellington's railway station and the bus terminus, there is easy access for train and bus users. Programme Structure Students enrol in 16 courses for at least four trimesters of study, comprising 14 core courses and either two elective courses/special topics (the content of which will change from time to time) or a research paper. All courses must be completed within four years of first enrolling in the programme. Part-time study options are available to domestic students, who can study between one and four courses per trimester.