Professional Accounting, Master | University of Otago | Dunedin, New Zealand
18 months
33871 USD/year
5882 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Most students of this Master of Professional Accounting at University of Otago seeking graduate placements in the field of accounting will have completed a standard three-year undergraduate degree in this subject.


  • Students living in New Zealand or offshore, commencing or returning to postgraduate study in selected programmes

Students interested in studying online will need to be granted approval to do so by the University. This also applies to students who have been granted approval to study online in previous semesters. Students will be required to demonstrate that COVID‑19 has impacted their ability to study on campus in 2021.

Otago’s Master of Professional Accounting provides an opportunity for graduates with little or no experience or qualifications in accounting to pursue professional accreditation through an intensive course of study and applied research over a period of 18 months. On completion of the degree students can gain professional accreditation and membership to industry associations such as CAANZ and CPA Australia.

Master of Professional Accounting at University of Otago students will be required to gain mastery of the subject matter and skills at an accelerated rate that is considered appropriate, challenging and manageable for a graduate. 

Career prospects

The MProfAcct prepares you for launching a career as an accountant either in public accounting practices or private and public sector organisations. Highly skilled accountants and business managers having accountancy and finance backgrounds are high in demand both in New Zealand and internationally. The MProfAcct qualification opens doors to a range of career opportunities, such as:

  • Chartered accountant
  • Certified practising accountant
  • Auditor
  • Business consultant
  • Tax consultant
  • ystems accountant 
  • Management accountant
  • Chief Finance Officer
  • Forensic accountant

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Finance
  • Commercial Law

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

July commencement may be possible, although the duration of the qualification may be longer.


240 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with minimum of a B+ grade average
  • Applicants for whom English is not their first language must have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33871 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33871 USD per year during 18 months.
  • National

    5882 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5882 USD per year during 18 months.
  • National: $8,090.00
  • International: $46,584 ($62,129 programme fee)

Living costs for Dunedin

1000 - 2300 NZD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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