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Ramp up your career with a recognized accounting degree
Make the move into accounting or get the certification you need to take the next step in your accountancy career.
Learn to manage complex accounting and business issues, and gain the confidence to provide specialist expertise.
You’ll build an understanding of the professional practice, ethics and procedures, and insight into the business landscape in New Zealand and internationally.
Become a chartered accountant—faster
Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington is the only university in New Zealand with a unique Chartered Accountants (CA) Master’s pathway. This allows you to complete the CA Program requirements of Chartered Accountants ANZ as part of your MPA—with no extra tuition fees, study, or certification.
With the CA Master’s pathway, you’ll become a Provisional Member of Chartered Accountants ANZ during your study. You’re then eligible to apply for full Chartered Accountants ANZ membership after you have successfully completed three years of approved employment in New Zealand, Australia, or any other recognised global location.
You’ll get a head start in your accounting career, and the opportunity to become a chartered accountant, sooner.
Fast-track or fit in with work
The MPA helps you fast-track your certification and is a globally recognized qualification you can complete in 16–17 months of full-time study.
The MPA is also ideal for working professionals wanting to add accountancy to their resumes. You don’t need to have studied accounting before and evening courses mean you can study part-time while working.
The MPA gives you the academic requirements for certification from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and CPA Australia.
The School of Accounting and Commercial Law is part of Victoria Business School, one of two schools in New Zealand to get accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in both Business and Accounting.
The Wellington School of Business and Government is among a small group of business schools worldwide that hold the 'Triple Crown' of international business education accreditations. You can be confident your qualification will stand up against the best around the world.
Postgraduate study at Victoria will help you build valuable relationships and networks with peers, university staff and future colleagues from around the world.
You'll have access to the faculty postgraduate facilities and opportunities to attend events, workshops, careers sessions and seminars such as the Student Learning Postgraduate Research skills sessions. You'll also be able to meet with people from the chartered accountancy bodies on campus.
The Postgraduate Students' Association can give you information and provides a voice for you within the University.
Returning to study
Many students return to university for postgraduate study after several years away. If it's been a while since you've studied, our liaison officers can help you get back into university life.
While some MPA candidates worry they’ll struggle if they haven’t studied accounting before, past students—whether recent graduates in other subjects or people who have been out in the workforce for some time—have not found this a barrier.
The capability boost you get from doing an MPA means your employer may be willing to pay some or all of your costs.
Doing a PhD
The most successful students in the MPA programme may want to prepare to study for a PhD by doing the MPA research course and two Honours research courses. You'll still need to apply for entry to the PhD programme.