Every applicant must either
- be a graduate and normally have achieved an average grade of B+ in the relevant 300-level papers, or
- have equivalent alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce).
In considering an applicant’s qualifications, regard will be had to the detail of the course of study followed to gain the qualification, as well as the applicant’s performance in the programme.
English language requirements
If your first language is not English you need to meet our English language requirements as follows: IELTS score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0); we also accept a number of other English language tests. Due to COVID-19, we currently accept Duolingo English Test (DET), IELTS Indicator Test, and TOEFL iBT Special home Edition.
Don’t meet the English language requirements? The University of Otago Language Centre English for Otago programme offers a pathway for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students to meet the English language requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate study.
Months of entry
In recent years, the nature of accounting in the global business workplace has moved from being principally the preparation of financial reports to now include the role of business adviser and consultant. Most students seeking graduate placements in the field of accounting will have completed a standard three-year undergraduate degree in this subject.
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 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.
- ACCT 403 Advanced Financial Accounting
- ACCT 406 Accounting Information Systems
- ACCT 409 Advanced Management Accounting
- ACCT 421 Financial Accounting
- ACCT 422 Management Accounting
- ACCT 423 Finance
- ACCT 429 Commercial Law
- ACTP 411 Auditing Practice
- ACTP 412 Taxation Practice
- BSNS 401 The Environment of Business and Economics
- ACCT 501 Applied Project
Structure of the Programme
- A candidate may be exempted from some of the required papers on the basis of previous study, subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce). Alternative papers will be required to be at an equivalent level of study, and to a maximum of 20 points.
- A candidate shall, before commencing the investigation to be described in the applied or research report, secure the approval of the Head of the Department of Accountancy and Finance for the topic, the supervisor(s) and the proposed course of the investigation.
- A candidate may not present a research report which has previously been accepted for another degree.
- A candidate must pass both the papers and the research report components.
Information for international students
Otago offers students an unrivalled campus experience and a vibrant, social student culture. The majority of Otago’s 21,000 students live, work and play in Dunedin - New Zealand’s only true university city. Otago is home to over 3,000 students, from over 100 countries.
Fees and funding
New Zealand is a relatively affordable country to live in. Dunedin, being a student-focused city, has living and entertainment options for all budgets.
Students are eligible for the Otago International Excellence Scholarship.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time18 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details