Master's Degree in Professional Accounting in Wellington in New Zealand

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Professional Accounting

In order to successfully obtain a Masters qualification, you will need to obtain a number of credits by passing individual modules. Most taught Masters will have a number of core modules which you must take and pass in order to obtain the qualification. The assessment of research Masters is almost always entirely by a single dissertation module or project.

Students interested in finance may want to study professional accounting. Programs can vary in course offerings, but common classes are managerial and cost accounting, government accounting and auditing, income taxation, business law and information risk management.

New Zealand is a country of stunning and diverse natural beauty. Kiwi are not only one of the national symbols – the others being the silver fern leaf and koru – but also the name New Zealanders usually call themselves. Overseas students will need to pay the full tuition fees and their own living costs while studying at a New Zealand institution.

A great number of Universities and Colleges are based in Wellington. Victoria University of Wellington has its four campuses in the town. Massey University also owns a campus in Wellington for Business, Technology and Engineering by the name of "Creative Campus". This makes it an ideal place for higher education.

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Master of Professional Accounting

Victoria University of Wellington
Campus Full time Part time 16 - 17 months February 2017 New Zealand Wellington + 1 more

Victoria University has developed a programme providing a Master's degree in Professional Accounting (MPA) – the first such degree to be offered in New Zealand. It is open to graduates with a Bachelor's degree in any discipline, and this qualification will provide the opportunity to pursue membership of both New Zealand and international accounting bodies. [+]

Masters in Professional Accounting in Wellington in New Zealand. Victoria University has developed a programme providing a Master's degree in Professional Accounting (MPA) – the first such degree to be offered in New Zealand. This professional programme of study may be completed in 16-17 months. The MPA 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, and this qualification will provide the opportunity to pursue membership of both New Zealand and international accounting bodies. About the Programme The MPA is designed to provide students with the skills and understanding required as accounting professionals. The programme meets the academic requirements of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, 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. PhD pathway The most successful students in the MPA programme may elect to take a PhD pathway. Completion of the pathway courses does not guarantee entry to the PhD programme and all applications must satisfy PhD selection processes. SACL: ranked among the world's best Accounting schools Victoria University’s School of Accounting and Commercial Law (SACL) 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. For more information, please see the Victoria News article 'Victoria’s accounting research among best in the world. 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. Courses Courses will be taught during all three teaching periods: Trimester 1 (February/March to June), Trimester 2 (July to October) and Trimester 3 (November to February/March). Each of the 16 courses will be offered twice a year, with one of the two offerings taking place in the evening (to accommodate students in full-time employment). Core Courses Financial Accounting MMPA 501 Management Accounting MMPA 502 Business Law MMPA 503 Finance MMPA 504 Corporations and Business Associations Law MMPA 505 Advanced Financial Accounting MMPA 506 Statistics MMPA 507 Economics MMPA 508 Taxation MMPA 509 Auditing MMPA 510 Management MMPA 511 Advanced Management Accounting MMPA 512 Accounting Systems MMPA 513 Advanced Financial Management MMPA 514 Each course will be offered over 12 weeks. Assessment includes projects, tests and examinations.Please note that the content of courses can vary in each offering. Dates The MPA will begin in February/March (Trimester 1) and November (Trimester 3) each year. It may be possible to complete the full MPA degree within 16-17 months (full time). Admission requirements Applicants for the MPA degree will have: completed a Bachelor’s degree with good grades; and been accepted by the MPA Director as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study. International applicants whose first language is not English must also meet the postgraduate English language requirements of the University: IELTS overall band of 6.5, with no sub-score below 6; or TOEFL 575, or 237 in the computer-based test, or 90 in the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing; or two ratings of 5 and two ratings of 4 in Victoria University’s English Proficiency Programme Accreditations In addition to being accredited by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, CPA (Australia) and ACCA, Victoria Business School is the first in New Zealand to have obtained accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in both Business and Accounting. Less than 1% of business schools worldwide hold this distinguished hallmark of excellence. The Faculty also holds AMBA accreditation for the MBA programme, and EQUIS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development. We are, therefore, one of 72 business schools (from around 13,000 worldwide) to hold the "Triple Crown" of AMBA, AACSB (Business) and EQUIS accreditations, and among the Triple Crown holders we are the only school to also hold AACSB (Accounting) accreditation. Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean Professor Bob Buckle discussed how "Business schools measure up to international standards" in a National Business Review, 9 March 2012. Potential careers and employment opportunities Many accounting graduates choose to work in accounting firms but there are a number of other opportunities. Wellington, being the centre of Government, offers career openings in Government Departments, for example, The Inland Revenue Department and Audit New Zealand. There are also opportunities in both large and small companies, financial institutions such as banks, charitable organisations, as well as law firms and share brokers to name but a few. Careers New Zealand – a New Zealand Government entity – maintains a website which lists career opportunities in various occupations including Accounting. It currently rates the chances of obtaining a job in accounting as being “good”. [-]