Master /Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting (Mixed-mode)
The Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) program is a conversion Master's program aiming to provide business degree graduates with an intensive education in accounting and related knowledge and skills. Students' achievement is targeted at two levels:
- To become professional user, preparer, and auditor of accounting information upon completion of the Postgraduate Diploma;
- To become an expert user of accounting information for making executive decisions upon completion of the Master’s degree.
The completion of seven core subjects leads to the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting (PgDPA). On completion of the PPA components, graduates will be able to:
(a) apply and evaluate contemporary development and framework in external reporting, including corporate financial accounting, Hong Kong taxation, and auditing.
(b) apply up-to-date accounting and finance concepts and techniques in internal decision making, including management accounting, managerial finance, and strategic management.
(c) analyze and evaluate the legal, regulatory and ethical issues facing professional accountants.
In addition to the above core subjects, the completion of two additional compulsory subjects and three elective subjects leads to the award of the Master of Professional Accounting (MPA). On completion of the MPA components, graduates will be able to:
(d) analyze and evaluate theoretical frameworks in accounting, finance, and corporate governance.
(e) develop additional expertise in selected aspects of accounting and finance, such as theory and practice of accounting in China, strategic tax management in Hong Kong and China, financial statement analysis, finance for multinational corporations, mergers and acquisitions, or integrated knowledge through group projects.
Completion of the seven core subjects will lead to the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting (PgDPA) award, The PgDPA and the core subjects of the MPA (equivalent to the PgDPA curriculum) have been accredited by the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA) as a recognized HKICPA conversion program. Together with a degree recognized by the HKICPA, graduates completing these seven core subjects will be eligible to enroll in the HKICPA Qualification Program (QP). Upon completion of another five subjects (i.e. two additional compulsory subjects and three elective subjects), students will be awarded the Master of Professional Accounting (MPA).
The program is also accredited by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and CPA (Australia).PgDPA and MPA graduates are eligible to claim a maximum exemption of 9 papers from the ACCA examination.Together with meeting other undergraduate pre-requisites, graduates will also be eligible to apply for associate membership with CPA (Australia).
Applicants who possess professional designations (i.e. HKICPA, ACCA or CPA (Australia) membership) with substantial professional experience, or a Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Administration (Pg.DCA), or Master of Corporate Governance (MCG)from PolyU will be granted transfer of a maximum of 18 credits, enabling them to complete the MPA award within ONE year.
- You have to complete 7 Core Subjects (21 credits) for the PgDPA award;
- You have to complete 7 Core Subjects, 2 Compulsory subjects and 3 Elective Subjects (36 credits) for the MPA award.
- Classes are normally scheduled on weekday daytime and/or evenings and/or Saturday afternoons.
Mode of Study and Duration
Mode of study: Mixed-mode
Students can pursue their studies in either a full-time stream (MAF/PAF) or part-time stream (MAE/PAE). In general, one daytime/evening class per week will be scheduled for each subject over a regular 14-week semester and two daytime/evening classes per week over a 7-week (optional) Summer Term.
For the MPA
Depending on their study pace, students should normally be able to complete the program full-time in 1 year and part-time in 2 years with a maximum study period of 4 years.
For the PgDPA
Students should normally be able to complete the program full-time and part-time in 1 year with a maximum study period of 2 years.
Students will be required to attend more classes in the evening if they choose the full-time option and the duration of the study will be subject to class quota availability.
The program offers structured progression patterns, and you are highly encouraged to follow the pattern to benefit from a cohort-based study and to graduate within 1 year for the full-time option, or within 2 years for the part-time option.
- A Bachelor's degree in business* awarded by a recognized tertiary institution; or
- A Bachelor's degree other than in business awarded by a recognized tertiary institution plus evidence equivalent to the completion of pre-entry course(s) designated by the School of Accounting and Finance of PolyU.
If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution at which the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfill the University's minimum English language requirement for admission.
Suitable candidates may be invited to attend admission interviews.
* Applicants who have completed courses in Financial Accounting, Business Law, Cost Accounting, Economics, Management, and Statistics are deemed to be business degree holders.
Local students: HK$185,400 per program (36 credits)
Non-local students: HK$248,400 per program (36 credits)
Local students: HK$105,150 per program (21 credits)
Non-local students: HK$144,900 per program (21 credits)
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Last updated July 4, 2018