Master of Professional Accountancy and Finance

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One of a kind

Join the only master’s programme in New Zealand endorsed by the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA). The Master of Professional Accountancy and Finance is the only postgraduate degree in New Zealand combining the vital business disciplines of accountancy and finance.

What is it like?

The Master of Professional Accountancy and Finance (MPAF) is the only master’s qualification in New Zealand endorsed by the CFA (Chartered Financial Analysts). Massey University is one of only 130 partner universities around the world to have a partnership agreement with the CFA.

Elevate your career

The Master of Professional Accountancy and Finance shows a commitment to gaining the business capabilities that are sought-after by potential employers. It will build on your previous study and/or practical work experience to help you develop an excellent understanding of accountancy and finance principles and practical applications. It is the only masters qualification where your study covers both these disciplines.

Whether or not you come from a background in accountancy and finance, the MPAF will help build on your skills to help you move into more senior roles.

Relevant to employers

Our partnership agreement with the CFA means that the MPAF programme covers 75% of the curriculum learning outcomes deemed essential by the organisation. These have been developed by the finance industry, meaning your learning is relevant and aligned with what the industry demands. An understanding of accountancy and finance is highly sought-after by potential employers and will help you step up in your career.

An internationally-ranked business school

The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools - it is ranked among the top two per cent of business schools globally and is AACSB accredited.

Our School of Accountancy has accreditation from national and international professional institutions including the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK).

Massey University’s accountancy and finance programme ranks in the 150 universities in the world by QS (Quacquareli Symonds) rankings and our business and management studies are ranked in the top 200. We are also ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide for business administration and finance programmes by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

Our lecturers are actively researching, bringing the most relevant developments in accounting theory and practice to your study.

Study that fits around your life

Our uniquely broad range of study modes means you can fit your study around your life. You can study towards this qualification on our Auckland campus, via block courses. Or you can study via distance, from wherever you are, whenever it suits you. Massey has the largest and longest-running distance learning courses in New Zealand, giving you access to our expertise and world-leading tools.

Recognised as one of the best

As well as being recognised by the Chartered Financial Analysts organisation, MPAF is accredited and meets the academic requirements of the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAANZ), CPA Australia and the ACCA.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The workload of the Master of Professional Accountancy and Finance replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles and high-level research. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.

A good fit if you:

  • Have an undergraduate qualification in any subject
  • Want to increase your in-depth knowledge of accountancy and finance
  • Would like to take the next step in your career
Roneel Karthick
Master of Professional Accountancy and Finance

“This world-wide recognised qualification equipped me with the skills, knowledge and information to be able to pursue the career I’d like…”

The Masters of Professional Accounting and Finance is one of the best programs that Massey University has to offer.

The programme has been an academic challenge but the overwhelming support I received from the highly qualified staff from Massey has helped me accomplish my goals in each paper.

As an international student, Massey has been a home away from home for me. Apart from studies, I have also been involved in various activities and groups at Massey. I am an International Student Representative as well as the President of Revolution Uni Club which organises event for students at Massey such as lunches, hangouts and physical activities so that students can have a better work/life balance.

I also work on part-time basis and the Massey Careers and Employment Centre was of great help to me in finding this job.

With the knowledge and skills that I have gained through my studies I would like to go into a role such as a CPA qualified accountant and I would like to progress to roles such as senior accountant or chief financial controller.


Sought after by employers

International trends are for employers to reward postgraduate study well,especially in larger enterprises.The skills you learn are increasingly recognised as setting you apart from other potential employees.

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report found that:

  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after leaving study, most young domestic graduates will be earning above the national median earnings
  • Young masters graduates earn 86 per cent more than the national median
  • Good careers are associated with better health, better wellbeing and more satisfying lives

Academic advice

Do you need help choosing your courses, or would you like to speak to an Adviser about your study? We would love to help you so please contact us.

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